Healer

Volume 1

Young Adult - Religious Theme
328 Pages
Reviewed on 09/07/2018
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Author Biography

Healer was inspired by faith, memories, and a class on spiritual gifts. Healing is one of the most controversial gifts, and I wondered how it would turn a person’s world inside out. One day, I remembered a scene from my childhood in which I desperately wished I could heal a dog that had gotten hit by a car. That memory became the first chapter of Healer (just 2 pages), written by Shilo when she’s a child. When Shilo discovers she’s a healer a month before her 17th birthday, the revelation leads her to heartache, miracles, and danger. Soon she’s losing her boyfriend, dodging a gang, and struggling with a spiritual gift she can’t control. It also leads her to a friendship with 18-year-old Misty, a single mom who’s battling the demons of her past to give her child a future. Healer is told from both girls’ points of view.

As for me…I love to wander. Beaches, mountains, deserts - it doesn’t matter as long as I’m amidst God’s amazing creation. Professionally, I’m an author, public relations professional, travel presenter, and photographer. I graduated from Northern Illinois University with a degree in journalism and spent the first part of my career as newspaper and TV reporter before switching to PR. I serve as VP of the American Christian Fiction Writers Chicago Chapter. I am happily married and the mom of a daughter, son, stepdaughter, and one adorable Cleo cat.


    Book Review

Reviewed by Gail Kamer for Readers' Favorite

“Inside my head, I see his broken parts. Inside my head, I feel his pain.” Those words hooked me immediately. Healer by Susan Miura shares the story of a young girl named Shilo coming to terms with the gift of healing. She’s different. Why? Is she a freak? Shilo struggles with her spiritual powers. When to use them? How to keep the world from using them and using her? Should she keep them secret? How to just be a normal person? Will her boyfriend understand? In addition, Shilo becomes involved when a drug gang’s transaction places loved ones in danger. A favorite aunt has cancer but Shilo can’t heal her. What good is the gift if she can’t heal someone she loves? In addition to that, Shilo can’t mend her own broken heart.

Healer by Susan Miura is one of the best Christian young adult books I have ever read. Ms. Miura keeps the reader guessing what will happen next and how in the world the main character will solve the problem. The pace is fast. The writing is active. The story line is amazing. She’s made connections with today’s young adult world. Healer is a wonderful story to restore your belief in God’s good in the world and would make a great book club read for young adults. The reader bonds with the characters and, of course, wants more. That’s good since this is volume I. Hurry, Ms. Miura and get volume II out. I’m ready to see what happens next.