by Susan Miura


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A young adult novel from Vinspire Publishing

Hovering just below the surface of Shilo Giannelli's average existence lays an amazing spiritual power. Late one night, her world erupts with the revelation that, like her great-grandmother, she has The Gift. But the power to heal isn't something she can share with the soccer team, her genius little sister, or her boyfriend, Kenji. Definitely not Kenji.

Deep beneath Misty Morning's tough façade is a lifetime of abandonment, foster homes and broken dreams. When her two-year-old son is abused by her boyfriend, her fragile world shatters...until Shilo prays for Tyler, and he is healed, leaving Misty grateful but incredibly curious.

Shilo can't give Misty the answers she needs; she only knows she has a God-given destiny, and despite facing strained relationships, impossible decisions, and the threat of being hounded day and night for her abilities, she will fulfill it.

The journey Misty and Shilo take together unites them as friends but invites danger into their lives. And it will take a miracle for these unlikely friends to elude a gang bent on revenge, keep The Gift a secret, trust God in extraordinary circumstances, and hold on to the people they love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781732134812
Publisher: Vinspire Publishing
Publication date: 03/24/2018
Pages: 330
Sales rank: 1,154,751
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.74(d)
Age Range: 15 - 18 Years

About the Author

Susan loves to wander. Beaches, mountains, deserts, caves and canyons...it doesn't matter, as long as she's surrounded by God's amazing creation. When wandering isn't an option, she's an author, travel presenter, public relations professional and photographer.

A native of the Chicago suburbs, Susan graduated from Northern Illinois University with a degree in journalism and a determination to become a reporter. From a newsroom in Berwyn, Illinois to a television station in Albuquerque, New Mexico, her dream became a reality. Back in her home state, she works in public relations for a library and is a member of Willow Creek Community Church and the American Christian Fiction Writers.

Susan is happily married and the mom of a daughter, son, stepdaughter, and one incredibly adorable Cleo cat.

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Healer 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Tessaboo More than 1 year ago
I am so glad I read Healer by Susan Miura. This is such a great story! And, it’s clean! I’m seriously doing a happy dance because of that! Clean good YA are really hard to find! I am definitely giving this to my daughter to read. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I really liked everything about Healer. The storyline (Shilo discovers she has the power to heal) was so different and so good. I loved all of the characters - Shilo, Kenji, and Nick (Shiloh’s dad) are my favorites. I absolutely loved the banter between Kenji and Shiloh. I loved Shiloh’s gift and I’m happy that it was used the way it was used. The message is really good and one we should all keep in mind - use the gift(s) that God has given you, use them wisely, and never forget it’s not you, but God. I can’t wait to read more of this author!!! Book 2, Shards of Light, comes out in August! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I received a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts are my own.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Gail Kamer for Readers' Favorite “Inside my head, I see his broken parts. Inside my head, I feel his pain.” Those words hooked me immediately. Healer by Susan Miura shares the story of a young girl named Shilo coming to terms with the gift of healing. She’s different. Why? Is she a freak? Shilo struggles with her spiritual powers. When to use them? How to keep the world from using them and using her? Should she keep them secret? How to just be a normal person? Will her boyfriend understand? In addition, Shilo becomes involved when a drug gang’s transaction places loved ones in danger. A favorite aunt has cancer but Shilo can’t heal her. What good is the gift if she can’t heal someone she loves? In addition to that, Shilo can’t mend her own broken heart. Healer by Susan Miura is one of the best Christian young adult books I have ever read. Ms. Miura keeps the reader guessing what will happen next and how in the world the main character will solve the problem. The pace is fast. The writing is active. The story line is amazing. She’s made connections with today’s young adult world. Healer is a wonderful story to restore your belief in God’s good in the world and would make a great book club read for young adults. The reader bonds with the characters and, of course, wants more. That’s good since this is volume I. Hurry, Ms. Miura and get volume II out. I’m ready to see what happens next.
Hpergo More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I felt the characters had depth to them and I loved how the author brought the characters together showing how God may work in peoples’ lives and relationships. Several times she had me laughing or shedding tears and always anxious to get to the next page to see what would happen next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most of us have seen people on television who claim to have a supernatural ability to heal people’s illnesses. Healer is a story about a high-school senior who really does have that gift. When the gift manifests itself, the young woman is initially frightened and confused. As the story progresses, she experiences, because of her healing ability, estrangement from loved ones, and the undoing of her plans for the future. That is the plot. The theme of the story is the intersecting, and sometimes colliding, of good and evil, crime and law enforcement, natural and supernatural, and (most fun) reality and the teenage brain. These intersections force the young woman to examine her values, and as the does, the reader gets to observe her grow in wisdom, faith, and the capacity for empathy. The situations are realistic, and the flow of events kept drawing me in. The prose is always strong and sometimes poetic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book because I work with adolescents and happen to love young adult lit. Healer was so much fun to read! The characters were realistic and reminded me of my own students. The story line was engaging. I can't wait for the sequel!
Jofus More than 1 year ago
The novel is about a teenage woman who discovers she has a supernatural ability to heal people’s medical infirmities. She cannot summon the healing power at will; it manifests itself occasionally. Exercising the healing power complicates her relationships with her family, friends, and boyfriend, and furthermore puts her in harm’s way. Even though the cover says the novel is a “young adult tale”, and my young adulthood is a fading memory, I enjoyed the novel and always looked forward to my next opportunity to read more of it. The characters were easy to identify with, and the situations in which they became engaged were believable. In fact I occasionally found myself unwilling to put the book down until I found out how some crisis was going to be resolved. The story is written from a mature Christian perspective. By “mature”, I mean a couple of things: 1) The interactions among the characters make it clear that people are flawed, and that people have the capacity to be genuinely evil. (The bad guys in the novel are genuinely scary.) 2) Compassion, especially for people in lower economic and social strata is very evident in the way the characters
LDWahl More than 1 year ago
This Christian YA novel is the story of Shilo Gianelli who has been granted an unusual gift from God – the ability to heal. Shilo is your average teen, a high school soccer player with a cute boyfriend, an annoying sister, and a best friend who seems too busy for her. But an unusual encounter with a teen mom and her injured son suddenly sends her life spiraling out of control. This is the first novel I’ve read by Miura and thoroughly enjoyed her writing – especially the voice of Shilo. Miura captured the sass and sarcasm of a teen girl perfectly. While some of Shilo’s actions were frustrating, they totally made sense for a teen girl’s emotional mind. I really thought this was a fascinating idea and concept. I loved the fact that Shilo must learn that this power is a gift from God. She is the vessel for His healing power and cannot pick and choose who to heal. I appreciated the message that God has a plan and we don’t always know the reason that some prayers are answered, and others are not. Healer is an enjoyable book with wonderful characters, exciting scenes, and a thought provoking message.
AJCattapan More than 1 year ago
Late one night, Shilo Giannelli discovers she has the gift of healing, a gift her great grandmother also has. However, the power to heal comes at a cost. She can only heal when God wills it, and she must keep the gift to herself if she's to avoid being hounded day and night by people who want her to heal them. So what's she going to tell her boyfriend Kenji? Can she even maintain a relationship with him while keeping such a big secret? Meanwhile, a young woman named Misty faces abuse at the hands of her boyfriend and must find a way to protect her two-year-old son. Shilo can heal the boy's wounds, but that only leaves Misty with a whole new set of questions. Misty and Shilo's growing friendship brings with it a new set of dangers, including a gang bent on getting revenge. Shilo must find a way to protect the ones she loves, trust in God's plan, and still keep her spiritual gift a secret. Author Susan Miura brings up a number of great spiritual questions in this book. How do we learn to trust in God's plan? What do we do when our prayers aren't answered, or at least not the way we want? This is an engaging young adult tale about the power of faith, family, and friends. Teen readers will delight in the romance and suspense woven into the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the very first page, Healer grabbed my heart and wouldn’t let go! Susan Miura creates characters that are so real I’d like to join them for dinner and tension so thick I practically held my breath as I read. Shiloh and Kenji summon all the angst of teenage love and all the misunderstandings and drama of youth. Miura also handles a sensitive and possibly controversial topic – faith healing – biblically and respectfully. Though the novel is fiction, the healing power of God is not. I hated to see the story end and look forward to a sequel as Shiloh continues to learn about the gift God has given her.
Amy Alessio More than 1 year ago
Miura's own gift of writing well-crafted young adult suspense shines in this page turning story. Shilo's struggle to learn what her gift means for herself and those around her parallels questions many have about their identity and purpose. This diverse, sympathetic cast deals with weighty situations in between soccer practice and normal life in a seamless, enjoyable story. I buy anything this author writes, and have purchased several as gifts. As a librarian and as a professional reviewer, I can say that her books appeal to a wide variety of ages and audiences.
LisaLickel0 More than 1 year ago
A young lady on the verge of adulthood is thrust into a lifestyle of secrets at a vulnerable time. Just when she can see an inviting future filled with college, music, faith, and especially a wonderful, almost too-good-to-be-true boyfriend, Kenji, Shilo learns of a fearsome and awe-inspiring family secret that’s been passed down through the generations. Under dire warning from her mother, Shilo must never, ever tell anyone. But it’s a secret Shilo can’t hide. Sixteen, ready for the best summer of her life, Shilo experiences her second use of a God-given Gift when she accidentally heals a child. She learns early on, though, that the Gift cannot be taken lightly or for granted. Despite her mother’s warnings of becoming a media frenzy or even delusional with power, Shilo is put in an uncompromising position when her boyfriend’s life is at stake. Under the influence of enormous family stress, Shilo has pushed Kenji away, something that’s tearing her apart. Their reunion and subsequent revelations may not result in all that she or her family wish, but the words and actions cannot be undone. Miura’s story is a nicely shaped and paced young adult story that’s well defined. The real angst of teenagers and tweens is lovingly created with a cast of characters that will leave a mark on the reader. Told through multiple first-person viewpoints, Shilo’s appeal as a young lady in love, mature, yet vulnerable, is a great story to share with young people. This is a lengthy book for young adult, so although I recommend for seventh grade and up, younger readers should be good readers. Younger readers should have parental supervision regarding some mature situations (teenage pregnancy, abuse, drug running, some violence, and serious injury). The theme of obedience running through the story, speaking to trust, conscience, responsibility, obedience to authority figures such as teachers and pastor, parents, and especially to faith in God and acting on that faith, is wonderfully illustrated.