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Book Review: Healing Charles by Larry Matthews

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For many of us, there was a time in our lives when we felt very self confident, strong, potent, able to face any crisis ahead. Generally this occurred around the time of puberty when our raging hormones led us to believe we could conquer any destination even though we knew not what it was.

Charles has grown tired of a life up in the deep back country of Alabama. He has been a hillbilly teen who now wants a taste of the world’s treasures: fine food, his own automobile, the big city and its lights, and above all, sexual release he feels he is missing or has only heard of or seen in pictures and girlie magazines.

In Healing Charles, author Larry Matthews paints out in words the explosive hormonal portrait that drives young Charles from his mountain ancestry into the big city. Charles leaves home in denial of a gift passed on to him from his grandmother. The gift is healing by laying on of Charles’ hands to alleviate pain and suffering from afflicted individuals.

At first, Charles wants no part of this precious bequest passed down from the ancient ones through his grandmother. Instead, he seeks city life in California where he meets a western songwriter/singer. The two men become inseparable friends that fall in love with their free-living, high-spirited, life style. But on an occasion where Charles is seen in a crowd using his bare hands to relieve the agonized suffering of a man writhing on the floor in pain, Charles is publicly recognized as a healer.

Charles’ singing partner realizes the financial potential of concerts where he sings and then Charles heals. The popularity of both men grows exponentially. What will eventually happen to these two “stars” and their amorous adventures I will leave to the reader. Suffice it to say that Healing Charles is not a book that will disappoint. Author Larry Matthews has a knack for creating believable, realistic characters in very unusual circumstances.

How will Charles and his talented music loving friend-for-life deal with fame? Will Charles ever recognize the real power of healing left to him by his grandmother on the mountain or will he, like so many other fortuitously famous people, become calloused and hardened by the pleasure and lucre of the world?

If you are a believer in the mysterious power of healing simply by the physical touch of another gifted human being, then Healing Charles is the read for you. You will find yourself willing this eighteen-year-old to make decent choices, maybe even devout choices. Why? Because you cannot help but fall in love with the underlying depth of his human spirit. You want him to survive. You want him to make right decisions and recognize the strength he holds within his fingers.

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