Rhodes, the author of supernatural urban thrillers (Out "A" Order), softens up for this story of Jamie Lynn Banks, a young girl with healing powers-she has the ability to absorb the pain and suffering of others. Her one Christmas wish is that her incarcerated mother will be able to come home for the holidays, and she hopes that if she helps enough people with the power of Jesus, her wish might come true. Suitable for large urban fiction collections, although the very intense religious themes may deter some mainstream readers.
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A Christmas Poem (from the back cover):
T'was the week before Christmas,
When all through the house,
Not one soul was stirring, nary a creak in the house
One child was snuggled under the blanket with care,
While two Angels hovered, awaiting hope and love for all to be shared.
The two angels watched her sleeping
And knew without a doubt,
This Christmas would be remembered,
And so would the Christ Child, and his clout.
Though many had forgotten for many a year,
The true spirit of Christmas and its time was near.
And though this child was sleeping, the Angels knew
She'd bring back faith, and a love for Christmas, renewed.
And before they all slept on Christmas night,
They would hear Christ's whisper, biding them a good night.
And above all, wishing them a Merry Christmas,
And to all a good life!