Monday, May 5, 2014

Jacks: A Novel (Book Review)

From the publisher:
In this stirring novel, a tender and tough chaplain named Jacks reflects on faith in the face of the changing medical profession. He helps patients and their families navigate and journey together in the complicated maze called the academic medical center.
I received an e-book copy of this novel, at no cost to me, for review purposes.  I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions in this post are my own.

Jacks, a novel by Trevor Rudolph Higgenbotham, tells the story of Alonzo "Jacks" Jackson.  Jacks is a hospital chaplain, and the book mostly narrates the challenges that he faces on a daily basis.  In virtually every case, he deals with families in crisis.  For example, he helps families think through end-of-life decisions for their loved ones.  He talks to families who are considering organ donations.

Other chapters address the issues with which Jacks works:  the health care industry, hospital administrators who would like to eliminate pastoral care because it generates no revenue, clashes between liberal and conservative theologians on the pastoral care team.

While I found the topic interesting, I thought the book was just okay.  The dialogue seemed stilted, and the text would benefit from better editing.

For more information, including a Google preview, visit the WestBow Press product page for Jacks.


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