THE GOD CHILD
Sierra Dreams Press (2019)
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (11/19)
“The God Child,” by Stuart Rawlings brings historically famous people back to life in the present time to deal with the serious issues that we are facing today. Each person involved (Eleanor Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, Adolf Hitler, Abraham Lincoln, William Shakespeare, Ludwig Beethoven, Michelangelo, H.G. Wells, Albert Einstein, Moses, Mohammed, Jesus, Buddha, and Joan of Arc) has a special area of expertise that will provide relevance to the current world challenges. The group is brought back to life to a psychiatric facility called Rosewood by a supernatural character whom they refer to as “Little Girl.” While she is childlike in appearance, she seems wise beyond her years.
Little Girl provides each person with resources to travel about and live well for a month. Some of them decide to partner up on their adventures. Having only one month, many decide to journey to the places they were from. They have some very entertaining adventures while doing so. Jesus even gets to have some healing encounters with President Trump and sets him on a path to change. This is expected to create major changes in the world. As the travelers venture back together, they are able to learn more about Little Girl before their journey comes to an end.
“The God Child,” follows two other books, Another Messiah (2005) and Delusions (2012). Not having read the others, I felt that this book stood well on its own, but I suspect readers will want to go back and read the first two volumes. I enjoyed reading this book. I will note that it is not written for fans of President Trump. I felt the author really did a good job of selecting the perfect historical figures for this story. I enjoyed following along as he managed to make connections between most of them. It was also interesting to see Rawlings take creative license to show us how he feels they would have used their knowledge and expertise to react to our modern problems. I think he was probably right on the mark about their reactions. He also made me laugh out loud with some of their antics. This would be a great read for someone who enjoys reading fictional stories about history and politics.