Monday, June 24, 2019

Bitter Pill


BITTER PILL
Dr. Richard Mabry
ISBN: B07QZXILV2
Medical Suspense
Richard L. Mabry
121 pages
$6.99  U.S. paperback/ hardback

THINGS WERE GOING ALONG JUST FINE

UNTIL THE MIRACLE FOULED THEM UP


“Brother” Bob Bannister is content with his life and his itinerant healing ministry, until one night he finds that the woman who walks off the stage under her own power isn’t one of his shills. At that point, doubts begin to intrude on his previously untroubled existence.

Dr. Abby Davis is tired of her family practice and at odds with God. Dealing with critically ill and dying patients has crushed her spirit to the point she’s ready to quit. But she soon realizes that there’s more to healing than ministering to the physical body.

Scott Anderson was the oldest graduate of his seminary class. Then again, most of them hadn’t turned away from a medical practice, hoping to atone for past mistakes (including his wife’s death) by ministering to men’s souls. Now he hopes he hasn’t made a colossal mistake in switching careers. 

Each of these individuals becomes linked to the other, and each finds that God has a purpose for them—but, as it often does, the lesson comes with discomfort.


My thoughts:  (reviewed by Steve)

THE MOODS, THE METHODS, THE MANIFESTATIONS OF THE HUMAN HEART IS THE STUFF OF WHICH LEGENDS ARE MADE . . . AND NIGHTMARES.

IT WAS SOCRATES WHO DECLARED, “TO KNOW THYSELF IS THE BEGINNING OF WISDOM.”  TO TRULY UNDERTAKE SUCH AN EXERCISE REQUIRES MORE DISCIPLINE, MORE TENACITY, AND MORE RAW COURAGE THAN MOST OF US CAN MUSTER.  AND YET DR. RICHARD MABRY HAS MANAGED TO DO SO NOT ONCE . .  .NOT TWICE . . . BUT THREE TIMES IN 121 PAGES.

IN BITTER PILL  ONE COMES FACE TO FACE WITH A RELIGIOUS SHYSTER, AN EMPTY PASTOR, AND A STRUGGLING PHYSICIAN.  EACH OF THEM CONTAIN THE SEEDS OF GREATNESS.  EACH OF THEM IS DRINKING THE DREGS OF DOUBT AND DESPAIR.  AND AS THEY CROSS PATHS, AND WANDER INTO EACH OTHER’S LIVES, THE READER DISCOVERS THAT HE IS EXPERIENCING THE GREATEST THRILL KNOWN TO MAN.

IT’S CALLED LIVING.

DR. MABRY CONFESSES IN HIS PREFACE THAT THIS PARTICULAR STORY HAS BEEN SITTING ON THE BACK BURNER INDEFINITELY, BECAUSE A FRIEND WHO KNEW HIM WELL SAID REPEATEDLY, “THIS ISN’T THE TYPICAL RICHARD MABRY NOVEL.”

IT’S MORE.  IT’S DEEPER.  IT’S BOTH SOBERING AND EXHILARATING.

IT’S SOMETHING I WISH I’D READ EARLIER, AND SOMETHING THAT I WOULD LOVE TO READ AGAIN.

5 STARS FOR YOUR  “NOT SO TYPICAL” RICHARD MABRY NOVEL

I received this book free of charge in exchange for my open and honest review.





2 comments:

Richard Mabry said...

Steve, thanks for your thoughts. Glad the novella spoke to you, and I appreciate your kind words.

Marilyn R. said...

I haven't read Bitter Pill by Dr. Marby. Your review says READ! Thank you, Steve.

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