Andi Grant adores her six-year-old brother, Daniel, a "miracle child" who survived a fall down a mine shaft. People regularly come to him for blessings and healings -- which often seem to work -- but Andi worries about their effects on her brother, especially when she finds signs of a stalker around their home. With the help of her once-and-maybe-future boyfriend Jeff, she comes up with an audacious, dramatic plan to stop the attention on Daniel: an "Anti-Miracle" that will unravel with the slightest examination of the facts, and cast doubt on his powers foerver after.
As her plan comes together, the stalker draws closer, and the clock ticks toward Daniel's star appearance at the local Paradise Days celebration, Andi finds herself wrestling with her own beliefs in God and her brother, and wondering if what she really needs is a miracle.
About the Author
Neil Connelly is the author of three critically acclaimed novels, most recently The Miracle Stealer, which Booklist called "realistic, gutsy--and yet movingly spiritual." He teaches creative writing at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania and lives in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania with his wife and their sons. You can find him on the web at www.neilconnelly.com.
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Miracle Stealer based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anderson is trying to prove her brother is not a miracle worker, during the process she finds her own faith and beliefs tested. Set in a dying town called Paradise. Really awesome ending that was totally unexpected.
It all started when little Daniel disappeared. Anderson (Andi) and her friend, Jeff, were told they had to take Danny with them on their walk. They hiked through the woods to the fairy fort. The two teens only took their eyes off him for a minute. Danny was gone. A frantic search followed, only to discover Danny had fallen some twenty feet down into an abandoned well. The rescue effort that followed lasted three days. Most of the volunteers and townspeople thought little Danny would not survive, but somehow the heartfelt prayers of the faithful worked a miracle and the little boy was rescued and simply treated for cuts and bruises. After Danny's rescue, strange things began to happen in and around the town of Paradise, Pennsylvania. Danny's miraculous survival seemed to be contagious. Many believers began to credit him with healing the sick, communicating with the lost, and even bringing the fish back to the local lake. He had become the "Miracle Boy." The problem was that Danny was now several years older, and when he was called upon to "pray" for some miracle cure or recovery, his older sister, Andi, worried that he didn't truly have any special powers. What if one day his prayers weren't answered? Would he understand or would he take the failure to heart and shoulder unbearable guilt? Why wouldn't people just leave him alone? Andi has seen enough. Her mother seems to want to exploit Danny and his miracle cures. Andi blames her mother for driving away her father. Anger as well as fear for her brother's safety is driving Andi to devise a cunning and dangerous plan to convince Danny's followers that he is just a normal little boy. Will she succeed before well-meaning locals and nutcases coming from near and far manage to ruin the life of her innocent little brother? THE MIRACLE STEALER is the story of faith. Is faith something that can be proven with facts, or is it the feeling that what happens is controlled by a higher authority? Author Neil Connelly takes readers on a journey with Andi as she struggles to decide if she has faith or if fate depends on her actions alone. It is a struggle many face, often more than once in life. Connelly's story will speak to many and perhaps answer the question for some.