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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Almighty: A Short Tale of Omnipotent Proportions is a contemporary inspirational fantasy short story written by Justine Avery. Bradley is an atheist, with a boring job he doesn’t really enjoy and an ex-girlfriend he’s still crazy about. His tight little world gets dumped upside down one day when he starts hearing voices in his head -- well not voices, one voice, and it calls itself God. This is not the hell and brimstone God that Bradley had rejected in favor of enlightened skepticism. This God scared the pants off of him by shouting Boo! at him, several times in fact. When Bradley gets home, he sits down and has a good long chat with his supernatural and somewhat juvenile guest, and it’s quite an illuminating one. Bradley’s life will never be the same again -- and that’s a good thing.
Justine Avery’s contemporary fantasy short story, Almighty: A Short Tale of Omnipotent Proportions, is a humorous and philosophical story about the Divine and one atheist’s interactions with a supreme being. I enjoyed the slant the author put on the nature of God, and especially appreciated the deity’s sense of humor and almost self-deprecating description of itself. Almighty is well-written, and it is certainly one of the more thought-provoking short stories that I’ve come across with religion and the belief in a supreme being at its base. Avery’s fun-loving God is in many ways a lot more palatable and believable than the traditional bearded deity Brad’s God scoffs at as being made up by men. This breezy and disarmingly clever story gives the reader a lot to think about. Almighty: A Short Tale of Omnipotent Proportions is highly recommended.