Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Bitter Pill by Richard L. Mabry, M.D. (novella)

My thoughts:  Typically Dr. Mabry's books are medical suspense with a light touch of romance. In Bitter Pill he veers from his normal story telling style and focuses primarily on the lives of individuals in church ministry. Yes, there is a medical connection that Dr. Mabry so aptly weaves into this short but complex story.

Each of the main characters - and there is a crowded stage in this short book, encounters soul-searching, heart rending personal life events that could easily be the main stay of a feature book. However, Mabry defly tells enough of their story and how they interact with the other characters that you feel as though you are a local citizen or member of the local church congregation.

A short 120 pages of intense reading will leave you feeling like cheering because issues are resolved, spirits are lifted, hearts are healed, and salvation or re-commitment takes place.

I heartily recommend.


“Brother” Bob Bannister is content with his life and his itinerant healing ministry, until one night he finds that the woman who walks off the stage under her own power isn’t one of his shills. At that point, doubts begin to intrude on his previously untroubled existence.

Dr. Abby Davis is tired of her family practice and at odds with God. Dealing with critically ill and dying patients has crushed her spirit to the point she’s ready to quit. But she soon realizes that there’s more to healing than ministering to the physical body.

Scott Anderson was the oldest graduate of his seminary class. Then again, most of them hadn’t turned away from a medical practice, hoping to atone for past mistakes (including his wife’s death) by ministering to men’s souls. Now he hopes he hasn’t made a colossal mistake in switching careers.

Each of these individuals becomes linked to the other, and each finds that God has a purpose for them—but, as it often does, the lesson comes with discomfort.

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from the author to facilitate this review. Opinions expressed are mine, alone, and are freely given.

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