4 out of 4 stars
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William H. Coles in his book The Spirit of Want tells a story of love, relationships, work ethic, and attitude towards circumstances as they unfold in life. From its beginning, we are introduced to Luke Osborne who is an eye surgeon, a friend, and a workmate of A.J MacMiel who is also his boss. Upon attending a celebratory function in Atlanta where he was invited by A.J he met A. J’s family. Agnes is A.J’s wife who is not quite fond of Lucy their eldest daughter, a smart and attractive defense lawyer by profession; there is also Elizabeth their second daughter who is a primary school teacher.
Dramatic events followed the car accident which happened after Lucy and Luke traveled back home together as a woman was found dead at the scene of the accident and Lucy who was driving that night was accused of manslaughter. Luke as the only witness on a fateful day was tricked by Lucy into a relationship which later led to a marriage of convenience as this was Lucy and her lawyer’s plan of neutralizing their only witness Luke in order to avoid jail time for Lucy. Although it was a marriage of convenience Jennifer Osborne was conceived after a great deal of persuasion by Luke and Lucy’s family happened as Lucy considered abortion. As a way of running away from her marital responsibilities and motherhood Lucy immersed herself in her defense case she started working on when they were on their honeymoon.
The case involved Reverend Hower Bain a church evangelist, powerful and charming men profiteering from televised sermons healing the sick as he claimed. He was accused of raping a minor, a convert living with her mother in the church’s compound in north Georgia. Lucy falls in love with Hower and she later followed him to Ghana leaving her family behind. Faced with more resentment from her family when she comes back to start over she lost her daughter Jennifer who was now being raised by her sister Elizabeth who had married Luke. Luke also had a hard time working under A.J following the disclosure of a malpractice scenario where A. J was implicated and Luke was part of the committee investigating the case.
I was fascinated by the author’s unique writing style in which each chapter focuses on a particular character giving a detailed manifestation of events for a particular duration. The story is well balanced and its progression from the onset is quite enthralling and smooth. Even though it is fictional the touching storyline is quite genuine and can be viewed in real life as the events in Lucy’s life and that of his lover Hower Bain’s together with his work is notable in our daily lives. The most interesting part of the book was the evangelism of Hower which is quite an eye-opener especially around the issue of faith, healing, and deliverance as well as earning and spending money as a church. I also liked how the author gave a glimpse of organizational politics and the importance of connections in workplaces which are quite realistic issues happening in our daily lives.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. The story is well balanced with the fascinating unfolding of events, twists and turns together with room for imagination. The book was also professionally edited as there are no grammatical errors throughout the book save for a few minor typos. The author did his research well around evangelism, political campaigns, and in the fields of law and eye surgery. The terminology used with regard to eye surgeries was quite technical.
I would recommend this book to a mature audience who enjoys fictional stories about love and romance. Due to a couple of erotic scenes in this book, it is not suitable for minors. I also wouldn’t recommend this book to deeply religious people who believe in healing, deliverance and God sent evangelists.
The Spirit of Want
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