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  • Paperback: 468 pages
  • Publisher: O Books (14 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846944163
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846944161
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2.7 x 21.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,243,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maggy Whitehouse is a minister in an independent sacramental church and a stand-up comedian as well as a prolific author on Bible women and history, metaphysics and Judaic mysticism.

Her books include 'A Woman's Worth--The Divine Feminine in the Hebrew Bible,' 'Prosperity Teachings of the Bible Made Easy' and the fictional 'Miracle Man' (O-Books), a novel about a modern-day messiah who is a judge on the US X Factor. Imagine a Simon Cowell figure as Christ.

Her other fiction books include 'The Chronicles of Deborah,' a series about a female cousin of Jesus of Nazareth who is raised as his sister.

Maggy trained as a journalist and has worked in print media, radio and television including the BBC World Service. She was the UK's second female breakfast DJ on local radio and an assistant producer on the fabled Pebble Mill at One.

She wrote her first book, China By Rail, in 1987 after spending six summers travelling around China - and met her first husband while filming two ITV documentaries in China a year later. Henry Barley died a year after their wedding in 1990 and it was the hospital chaplain who told Maggy that, as an atheist, Henry could not go to heaven, who inspired her to start investigating alternatives to her previous 'armchair Christianity.'

This search was intensified after she came out the winner in a brief encounter with an eight-foot barracuda off the Barrier Reef in Australia...

Maggy is co-founder of the Midlands holistic magazine, The Tree of Life and was the founder-producer of the BBC's now-defunct spirituality website, which was morphed into the corporation's Religion & Ethics site.

In 2012 she began a new venture as a stand-up comedian and is now gigging in London and the South West as well as appearing at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe.

Maggy lives in Devon, England, with her husband, Peter Dickinson.

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Praise for previous novel The Book of Deborah I read it in one sitting; not because I was in a hurry but simply because I became absorbed in a well told story. Deborah is a perfect heroine for a story which parallels the suffering and persecution of Christ --(Mary Loudon, Times)

Fascinating, instructive and thought-provoking. I believed in the characters and admired their strength and tenacity. In the light of two millennia of religious intolerance, I welcome such new interpretations and recommend this book to open-minded readers with enquiring minds. --(Luke Mulrany, Historical Novel Review)

Wonderful, has the ingredients of a thoroughly contentious debate. --(The Bookseller)

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Rev Maggy Whitehouse is an international workshop leader in Bible Metaphysics the prosperity teachings of the ages and mystical interpretations of the New Testament.

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Just imagine if we had another Jesus and that he happened to be a panel on a talent show just like Simon Cowell? Imagining Simon Cowell as a force for good is tricky in itself but it makes for a good hook to get your attention.

The miracle man is a modern update of the four gospels of the New Testament set in modern times and is full of miracles, healing, love, forgiveness and greed. The true skill of the book is that it grabs the attention of the non-believer as well as the religious, and each and every reader will find some controversial topic that will make them think twice.

It features all the main religions plus the law of attraction and Whitehouse doesn't pull her punches. We have Jude, the beautiful lesbian PR whirlwind as Judas for a start. However, although it is obvious that many parts of this book have the potential to offend some people, the book is not controversial for the sake of it. More that it reflects the liberal society of modern America and the UK with journeys into most continents.

So you want to know more about a modern Jesus who hosts a talent show and all the gossip about miracles and healing? Whitehouse writes well with good humour and a modern style and the miracles are well thought out and delivered. It all seems real, just as vampires drinking blood from a blood bank as a substitute to killing humans seems reasonable in the vampire novels.

However, the miracles and the showbiz is not the real pull of the book once you start reading it. The attraction of the book is the way that people and society respond to someone who extends unconditional love and total forgiveness. The recipients of the healing are obviously delighted but there is confusion and fear from the general public fuelled by the media and fundamentalists.
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I loved this book!
I've always been a bit wary of "new" stories based on old ones, and fiction that relates to spiritual topics, but Maggy has a great gift for storytelling, such that I could suspend disbelief easily and enter the tale.
The familiar bible story is there in the background, like a sort of echo - but the Miracle Man's "now / new" story was completely absorbing - a real page-turner. I found myself reacting to the different characters and events, and was deeply moved by what I read. One of those books where you really want it to be real.
I really think anyone could enjoy this novel - you don't need to be of a spiritual disposition or know anything about the bible story on which it is based. It could be enjoyed and understood by people of any faith or none - it's not trying to convert anyone! It's a book that could be enjoyed by men and women alike, too.
It does challenge the reader to think beyond the celebrity-focused, disposable society we've created for ourselves, and what could happen if that were to change. And it's this which makes it an entertaining read that leaves the reader exhilarated and ready for more.
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This book takes as it's central premise that if the Messiah comes back, he'll want to reach the widest possible audience, so logically, that would be 'Reality' TV, so he ends up as a judge on 'America's Got Talent' (very thinly disguised).

Of course the laws of Karma mean that all the people who were there 1st time around are there this time (you can have fun spotting them), and the story unfolds - but not quite like last time.

This book will inevitably get compared to "The Da Vinci Code". It is, however, much better written, doesn't take huge liberties with 'facts' (this is pure fiction), and Tom hanks won't be in the film version!

It's a great 'what if?' sort of book. Ideal holiday, page turning reading that might make you think about your beliefs.

If not just enjoy this book. I did.
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'The Miracle Man' was not what I expected and that made it all the more absorbing as I entered the world of celebrities and talent shows ~ an area of the modern world which is of no interest to me. The story clicked with the description of Josh's time in the desert and, after that, each revelation in terms of events and the threads which bound the other characters to him, meant that I could not bear to put the book down. I did not attempt to predict the outcome but allowed the story to develop in front of me so its resolution was unexpected and masterly. Once again, Maggy Whitehouse persuades us to look at ancient truths from a different angle ~ in the sunlight. Everyone thinking of entering a talent show should read Josh's advice to contestants first!
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I was raised a Catholic and yet I found this book utterly absorbing and stimulating. Christians will very likely find it controversial, but if you leave your preconceptions behind you may be pleasantly surprised. It may make you think about your beliefs and how they may fit in with the latest teachings of the "Law of Attraction."

It was such a good read, I was upset when I finished the book (almost as upset as when I finished reading the very last Harry Potter book!)

I suggest you read this book, you will not be disappointed.
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I'll admit to already being a fan of Maggy Whitehouse's 'Chronicles of Deborah' when I picked up 'The Miracle Man' and, though very different to the Deborah trilogy, enjoyed it just as much. Whether you're a Christian or a Buddhist, interested in the Law of Attraction, love TV talent shows, or simply enjoy a well-written, imaginative, thought-provoking yarn full of unexpected twists and turns - there'll be something within its pages for you.

I envy anyone reading this for the first time!
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