“I just – well, I mean if it’s possible – could we find some way where I don’t have to die right now? Maybe even give me another few years?” Adam begs God in Mitchel Whitington’s novel, The Midnight Saint.
This one hundred and seventy-four page paperback targets those interested in stories about dying and heaven. With profanity and using God’s name in vain, the topic of death may not be appropriate for immature readers. This reader wishes there was consistency capitalizing all pronouns of God for reverence.
What would you do if you were given twelve days left to live? In this short twelve-chapter novella that includes an epilogue, the story begins with Adam performing an innocuous act of kindness on his way home from work late one evening. Afterward, he crosses paths with the glowing but deceased Saint Lucia, who tells him he is going to die.
Believing he has twelve days to live, he takes a two-week vacation from work to spend time with his wife and young daughter. When he visits his doctor, he is reported in good health and told to relax with a six-pack of beer and watch football.
Every night at midnight for the next eleven days, Adam and his beloved dog go into the backyard where the man in his late thirties is allowed to ask Lucia one question about death. In turn, the saint explains what Heaven is like and if marriage is there. Recalling verses from the Bible, they discuss God’s divine presence, praying without ceasing, having faith and free-will, and embracing the “magic” of life. Negativity, apologizing, and preplanning for a funeral are mentioned as well as the concept that “every religion is completely right … and completely, totally wrong.”
As Adam deals with his relationship with God, there is no mention of eternal salvation through Jesus dying on the cross, forgiving sin, or being resurrected. Beliefs are given regarding angels, saints, and spirits.
Although there is some sound Biblical doctrine interspersed with both Catholic and Christian overtones, the story focuses on how to remember each day is a gift and God truly loves us unconditionally.
With no biographical information in the book, the author has over thirty years of writing experience and is a paranormal researcher with a passion for history. Living in Texas with his wife and two dogs, he resides in “the most haunted home in the entire state” per Wikipedia.
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