Reviewed by Darcie Gudger
The Seeing by Bill Myers
"...compels the reader to burn through the pages."
If being a teenager isn’t hard enough, try being a teenager who can see into a realm not meant for human eyes.
Fifteen-year-old Luke Kauffman totes around an unusual pair of goggles. Goggles that enable him to see into the spiritual realm. Wanting to get away from his father for a spell, he and the goggles travel to the southwest desert town of Agua Rancheria. His purpose is to assist Virgil, a local pastor, in a construction project.
Immediately after his arrival, Luke discovers the town is ensconced in a war between good and evil forces. He befriends Misty, a computer techie, who goads him into letting her increase the power of the goggles. Luke puts on the beefed up goggles. The consequences are almost deadly.
For fun, Misty plants bugs throughout the casino in which her mother works. She discovers shady business dealings and even a murder cover up! The burden is on her and Luke to stop the madness.
Bill Myers’ novel, The Seeing, compels the reader to burn through the pages. Cliff-hangers abound and the stakes are raised higher and higher as the story progresses.
Despite the serious content and intense action, Myers is able to inject humor and wit into the relationship between Luke and Misty. I especially like the character of Virgil, a crusty old Pentecostal preacher who is frustrated with the bitter divisions between denominations. As the threat grows, he tries hard to convince other believers to put aside their disagreements on non-essentials and battle on their knees. Myers paints a chilling, but true picture of the state of the Church today.
Luke talks Bible stuff to Misty, but it’s done in a non-preachy way. The reality of ancient strongholds is brought to the forefront in this novel. Tahquitz, a Native American spirit gains energy as sin abounds in Aqua Rancheria. He feeds off the bickering between Christians and the lascivious lifestyles of this casino town.
Even though this book is fiction, all believers from all walks of faith could stand to learn some lessons from this compelling tale. I daren’t tell any more lest I give away some shocking twists!
Darcie Gudger is a freelance writer currently working on a young adult novel while trying to solve all the mysteries of motherhood with her adopted son, Kyle. In her spare time, she coaches the 2A Colorado State Champion Sheridan High School colorguard, judged equipment for the Rocky Mountain Colorguard Association and sings for the Bear Valley church choir and worship team. An adventure-seeker who lives and writes in the shadow of the Rocky mountains, Darcie loves hiking, camping, cycling, photography and keeping her husband guessing. Visit Darcie online at her blog, Joy in the Litterbox.