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God's Gift

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Recommended for anyone interested in contemplating whether God made a mistake in giving people free will.

Seven-year-old Devon is pretty sure that God is the only one who can fix everything wrong with the world. Except, He doesn’t seem to be doing anything about it. Maybe it’s because too many things are going wrong? Maybe He needs a helper. Devon would be happy to help, and then maybe more people in the world would be nicer to each other.  


Immediately, a being she’s never encountered before appears before Devon. Auntie is huge, gleaming, faceless, and Devon can tell that Auntie is very happy to meet her. Devon understands that Auntie is God’s gift to her, and they’re meant to make the world a better place. Auntie has special powers to ensure that they can carry out God’s mission. 


Devon and Auntie set out to change the world. Along the way, they meet several people who are willing to support them and an equal number of people who will stop at nothing to prevent them from reaching their goal. As they journey, Devon always keeps her mission in mind without realizing that she has allowed others to influence its execution.


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Books from a child’s perspective are always uniquely revelatory. Because children are still building their understanding of the world, they compare and connect things adults would not. Such is the case in this novel when Devon is faced with the appearance of an otherworldly being and her perceived duty to make the world a better place. Her ideas of how to make the world a better place, and who is making the world a bad place, are constantly influenced by the circle of people around her. 


Devon’s understanding of power and how it is used is also changed throughout the novel. Part of this is because she believes her actions have been sanctioned by God and He wouldn’t allow her to do anything He doesn’t want. Part of this is because she begins to understand herself as someone with power because of the many attempts to control or execute her. As Devon’s perception of power changes, her perception of who is good and who is bad increasingly begins to rely on her feelings rather than evidence. 


The ending of this book took me completely off guard. I feel like I’ll be contemplating it for the next month. Five stars! Recommended for anyone interested in contemplating whether God made a mistake in giving people free will.

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About the author

Remi DeWitt was born in Southampton in 1954. Adopted into an agriculture family, Remi left to work in both the brewing industry and civil engineering, completing a degree in physics along the way. Remi has returned to the countryside and now takes long walks amongst trees and fields. view profile

Published on October 15, 2021

Published by AIA publishing

70000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Urban Fantasy

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