The Resurrection: A Novel

The Resurrection: A Novel

by Mike Duran

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ISBN-13: 9781616384159
Publisher: Charisma Media
Publication date: 02/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 795 KB

About the Author

Mike Duran was a finalist in Faith in Fiction's inaugural short story contest and was chosen as one of ten authors to be published in Infuze Magazine’s 2005 print anthology. He is author of the short story “En Route to Inferno,” which appeared in Coach’s Midnight Diner: Back from the Dead edition, and received the Editor’s Choice award for his creative nonfiction essay titled “The Ark,” published in the Summer 2.3 Issue of Relief Journal. In between blogs, he also writes a monthly column for Novel Journey and has served as editor on the Midnight Diner’s editorial team. Duran is an ordained minister and lives with his wife of 29 years and four grown children in Southern California.

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The Resurrection: A novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
TheLostEntwife on LibraryThing 22 days ago
Yet another of the books nominated for the 2011 INSPY awards, and one that definitely kept me reading until the end.When I was in college (the first time around), we lived in a town that experienced quite a bit of spiritual warfare. There were strange things that would happen, quite a few stories drifting around, and even a tragedy which made the national news. It was a place that always had me feeling as if it was dark outside, even when the light was there, and a place that saw some things happen to me which have remained with me (in not a good way) since.I don¿t know how much of that was all spiritual warfare, and how much was just plain bad luck, but this book brought to mind a lot of these events, making it a difficult read for me. The story was a fascinating one ¿ a young woman, upon visiting a funeral, touches the boy who should not have died, and he comes back to life. The way the family has to deal with the aftereffects, the church¿s method of handling things, and the town¿s history all end up knitting together to create an interesting story ¿ but also a story that needed a bit of polish to make it really good.For example ¿ if you are going to name your book after an event like a resurrection, I think the story really needs to center more around that specific event, rather than just using it as a catalyst for something else that¿s going on. I never quite understood WHY the resurrection happened, even though I understand why everything else was happening. This is a big pet peeve for me ¿ using a name or an event or a disability/illness as a hook into a story about something else. Although it wasn¿t quite that bad with The Resurrection, I still was left a bit bewildered.The Resurrection did not win the INSPY awards this year, but I think Mike Duran has the potential to write something that, in the future, will give that award a run for its figurative money. Overall, The Resurrection made me think, provided me with a good story, and also opened my eyes to this author and the potential he has for future books.
reading_crystal on LibraryThing 22 days ago
The Resurrection is an intriguing book. At times I was a little lost, but most of the time, it had me hanging onto the edge of my seat. You have some interesting and typical characters. A mom with a bad hip she's had since birth, who pretty much does what is expected, is involved with a prayer group, is married and has two sons. There is a minister who is just going through the motions, he lost his way years ago and can't seem to find his way back to God. There are two other women in the prayer group with the main woman, Ruby, and one is the church secretary and there are a lot of strange goings-on that no one seems to notice in the town of Stonetree.Looking back and writing the review - there is nothing really big that happens, just a lot of little things that come together to make the book. And those things make it interesting. This is one of those books where you do have to believe in the supernatural in it's good and evil forms being at work in the world, which I do. I found the plot fascinating and love the type of stories where a small town is the battleground for good and evil and how everyday characters can make the difference with God's help. The Resurrection is this type of book.Mr. Duran's writing is wonderful - his words flow from the page and I never found myself going back to a passage to read it again to figure out what it meant. He is able to put his words on the page in such a magical way that you don't even realize you have read 100 pages in one sitting.I look forward to reading more of his works and thinking on the ending and the significance of The Resurrection for some time in the future. I like a book that does that, makes me think and The Resurrection definitely does.
ReviewsbyMolly on LibraryThing 22 days ago
Okay. Let me start this review off with this was not my favorite. That aside, Mike Duran is an author who shows great talent and is sure to work his way on to reader's shelves quickly. His signs of talent show in creating an eerie plot and blended, complex characters. However, it is a debut novel that shows some room for improvement.Ian's story is creepy, eerie, and down right mysterious. Ruby's character adds the kick to this story of survival, longing and redemption. Her experiences added to Reverend Ian's making the characters blend with complexity. Both characters are mysterious, yet it still wasn't enough to fully capture my mind. All this being said, this creepy story of light vs. dark, good vs. evil, sacrifice and redemption comes with 4 stars and an encouragement to tray this debut novel. There is sure to be readers out there who will love his work and style. I will, as I do with many other authors, continue to read his future work, as I am sure one of them will hit me and I'll love it.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Ruby Case touches a young man and brings him back to life. As her little town reacts, she and her pastor uncover a very troubled history for the area. What does it all mean? While not my normal genre, and I was captivated by this story and the characters. It was a well written debut novel, and I can't wait to see where the author goes next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
enjoyed the book very much and will be looking for more of his books I do like the spiritual novels and Mike Duran is great.
Kat_Heckenbach More than 1 year ago
The Resurrection is a Peretti-style spiritual warfare novel. It takes place in a small town, with a preacher and certain members of his congregation smack in the center of the battleground. First up--Ruby Case, church member. She's got rock-solid faith. Is she flawed? Well, she has a limp...but she's the kind of woman you would want babysitting your kids because she's loyal, trustworthy, and has a heart of gold. She really made me think about the whole "perfect Christian character" thing that is so prevalent in Christian fiction. It's actually not the "goodness" that makes those characters annoying. Ruby is "good." She doesn't have a seedy past or fatal flaw (unless you count a stubborn independent streak). Those are techniques used by some Christian authors to show that they have "flawed" Christian characters. But here's the truth--some Christians are just genuinely good people. The thing is, though, they are not pious. And the characters in Christian fiction who come across as annoyingly good are actually pious and self-righteous scripture-quoting cardboard cut-outs. Ruby is not. She 's got serious depth. So while I couldn't point my finger and say, "Look, see, he made her 'flawed' so this book is really edgy," I can say she was real. Reverend Ian Clark...no rock solid faith here. More like rock slide. This guy is totally on the fence, full of doubts, feeling like a faker in front of his congregation. Talk about a flawed character. But it does come from somewhere. He's suffered some real loss that made him feel the way he does. My gripe? I would have liked to see more of that past. Some really emotional flashbacks that give me a clear picture of his love for and closeness to his sister whose death set him on the edge. It would have endeared him to me, and I would have connected to his pain. However, I couldn't help but wonder if Mike didn't include that stuff on purpose. Maybe he wanted us to see Clark as a big slug, so we spend the first half of the book thinking, "Man up, you big wuss." Side characters: Jack is Ruby's loving and devoted husband, who has left the church because of its hypocrisy. Vin is Ruby's best friend. The tattooed ex-druggie has a strength Ruby wishes she could muster, and a faith that comes from true thankfulness for the grace God has shown her. Both characters added richness to the story. There are others, of course, but telling you much about them will just be giving spoilers.... The Conflict. Ruby's touch seemingly brings a dead boy back to life. The town is in an uproar. Half of them think she's a saint and people come to her with gifts and requests for miracles. The other half think she's a witch or worse. All she wants is to be left alone, and come to terms with the reason God used her. She ends up drawn into a search of the town's history, though, when echoes of her experience bring forth information about past events that are eerily familiar. Clark, of course, is turned to as the spiritual leader--but how can he fulfill this role when he holds so many doubts? Work in a section of town that seems steeped in new age religion and pagan idol worship, and a friend of Clark's who is tugging hard on his strings of doubt. The Plot. Hm. In the end, I could say, "Well done." In the middle, I felt it was disjointed at times. Not that it was hard to follow. But there were times when I felt something was introduced, to then b
Runeby More than 1 year ago
Urban legends, hodgepodge religion, visions, ghosts, demons, warlocks, witches, curses! Oh, my! Enter a town hampered with ceaseless brooding skies, age-old secrets, and antediluvian gods of bloodlust. Did I miss anything? Without a doubt, because Mike Duran's "Resurrection" is filled to the brim and running over with sweet, detailed line after line of the darkest portents. Maybe this review's title should have been, "Something Wicked This Way Comes". Brace yourself for this American Gothic delight.
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richardblake More than 1 year ago
"The Resurrection" recounts the hidden secrets of Stonetree, a small coastal town in California. While attending the funeral of young Armondo Amaya, Ruby Case took her turn in line with family and friends to pay their final respect to the young boy. On an impulse Ruby reached out to touch the body. After a short prayer; when she removed her hand Mondo suddenly sat up in his coffin. A chain of events that follow Mondo's resurrection take the reader into the conflict between a naturalist explanation and a super-naturalist viewpoint. Controversy erupts in the Stonetree community. Ruby becomes both a hero and a scapegoat. She joins forces with Rev. Ian Clark in a determined effort to find the truth. Although Duran's characters are uniquely developed, it was hard for me to genuinely identify with any of them. The protagonists lacked dimension. Even in their strongest moments they did not come across as real. Duran's creative imagination is contagious. A note for Christian readers: "The Resurrection" is a book for the reader who is willing to allow their imagination to take them "outside of the box" of their comfortable theology in areas of the supernatural, ghosts, demons, and the power of curses. A challenge to live a life of genuine commitment to follow Christ and His teaching is presented throughout the book without feeling "preachy." "The Resurrection" is entertaining, informative, and thought provoking fiction. I received a complimentary review copy of this book from the publisher with in consideration of a fair and honest review. As reviewed for Midwest Book Review.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
When Ruby Case, an unassuming crippled woman, inexplicably raises a boy from the dead, she creates uproar in the quiet coastal town of Stonetree. Some brand her a witch, others a miracle worker. Yet Reverend Ian Clark could care less. Dogged by demons and immersed in self-pity, Clark is being unwittingly drawn into a secret religious order--one that threatens his very life. But he's about to get a wake-up call. Together, Ruby and Reverend Clark are thrust into a search for answers... and a collision with unspeakable darkness. For behind the quaint tourist shops and artist colonies lies a history of deceit. And a presence more malignant than anything they can imagine. Yet a battle is brewing, the resurrection is the first volley, and the unlikely duo are the only ones who can save them. But can they overcome their own brokenness in time to stop the evil, or will they be its next victim? I received The Resurrection by Mike Duran compliments of Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog Tour for my honest review and once again I am drawn into this wonderful story that will hold you captivated until the very end. It's so refreshing to have Christian writers like Mike Duran pick up a story that hold Christian traditions and faith at its core and keep the reader engaged. I rate this book a 5 out of 5 stars! Just the cover of the book alone will make you want to pick this up and read it! This book is available in paperback format.
LifeWorthServing More than 1 year ago
Each city has its own spiritual environment, unique with its own atmosphere that creates a passageway to the supernatural. Much like our own cities and towns, Stonetree holds a spiritual atmosphere that has opened a door to a realm of mystery, darkness, and faith. When Ruby Case, a crippled woman with a simple faith, resurrects a young boy from the dead the town's secrets are also restored to life. Was the resurrection a bonafide miracle or could it be related to the Stonetree curse? That is what Ian Clark, the reverend of Canyon Springs Community Church, which Ruby attends, is going to find out. As Reverend Clark searches for the truth about the resurrection, he finds himself charting unfamiliar territory as the secrets of his own past and the towns unfold. The people of Stonetree have only one hope, a wandering Reverend and a crippled woman. Interwoven with faith, fear, courage, doubt, and a drive to find the truth, both Ian Clark and Ruby find themselves together at a cross-road of decisions. Will their decisions lead them to unearthing the curse that has plagued the town of Stonetree for many generations, or will they find their faith overpowered by supernatural forces that has driven others away in previous years? Mike Duran paints a beautiful picture of what real faith looks like when we are faced with powers that are greater than us. He has an incredible ability to bring the characters to life, and creates a descriptive backdrop that would cause anyone to become part of the story. I found myself relating to the different characters in The Resurrection, especially Ruby Case. I could relate to her child-like faith, and her connection with an autistic girl named Jilly who has the ability to see angels. This book is a must read for anyone who seeks supernatural warfare, and an edge of your seat thrill. I have received a complimentary copy of The Resurrection by Mike Duran from Strang Book Group as part of the book review program. The view and opinions are my own.
rtwins More than 1 year ago
Ruby Case, a crippled woman, faithfully attends Canyon Springs Community Church where Reverend Ian Clark is the pastor. Ruby leads a small prayer group of three women who are asking God to shake things up and reveal His power. One Sunday morning, as they are gathered in prayer before the morning service, Ruby has a vision of a dead tree with one green leaf. After the service, five-year old Jilly gives Ruby a picture she drew of the vision Ruby had just hours before. Later on, that afternoon, Ruby attends the funeral of a boy. As Ruby files past the casket, she stops at the body, prays, then begins to exit. The dead boy sits up in the casket, resurrected. Not only is God's power unleashed in this town, but also the demons from hell. From those attempting to buy Ruby's prayers, to those seeking true healing, Ruby remains firm in her faith throughout this book. Pastor Clark wrestles, mentally and physically with the darkness, as God reveals that the gray is actually black. The unresolved past of some of the characters is revealed, as they witness the power of God and the strength of other gods. On most review sites, we are only permitted to give books five stars. I wish I could give this book ten stars; I loved it that much! Mike Duran's style and this plot was easy to follow. Before you read this book, turn to the back and read the Afterword, "What is Mr. Cellophane?" This will give you the author's Biblical perspective of the spirit world and give you greater understand of this work. I always enjoy literature that causes me to question and think in a new perspective. These areas included: ?As followers of Christ, there is strength in numbers when we pray. ?There are only two realms - Light and Dark ?If we are not serving God, we are serving another god...called Satan ?Finally, and this was a lightbulb moment, the gods (demons) that we are wrestling and fighting against, are they the same gods of Baal, etc. that Elijah and prophets of the Old Testament were fighting, but today in a different form? ?We need to call on the power of the Lord with as much force and strength as the prophets of old.