- Title: The Healer
- Author: John Thomas Tuft
- Genre: Thriller, Suspense
- Length: 312 pages
- Publication Date: August 6, 2019
The Healer – Synopsis
Gideon Waters faces mortal danger when he discovers his blood can cure disease. A ragtag group of Guardians are trying to convince him he holds the key to the future of the human race … and beyond, to other races in other worlds. But anyone who helps him is brutally murdered.
Gideon races to find the woman pregnant with the last hope of humanity, who lies dying in Pittsburgh. Pursued from the Shenandoah Valley to the shores of Lake Erie by those defending the centers of power and faith in this world, Gideon becomes a reluctant warrior in the bloody conflict, as well as the hesitant harbinger of the hopes of all peoples of this world and those beyond.
In a fast moving journey with unexpected twists and revelations, heartbreaking confrontations and losses, Gideon rediscovers love with one of those sworn to give up her life to protect him and confronts the man who caused his deepest pain.
Bertram deH. Atwood says, “John Thomas Tuft is a worthy successor to Frederick Buechner in his characters and style of storytelling.”
About the Author
John Thomas Tuft was born in Pittsburgh in 1954 and he will always consider it to be his home. John is a retired Presbyterian minister and mental health counselor. He wrote a weekly column for a local newspaper in the Pittsburgh area before becoming a novelist and screenwriter. His first novel, EVEN THE DARKNESS, Thomas Nelson, 1994 earned him the praise “John Thomas Tuft is a promising successor to Frederick Buechner…” (Bertram deH. Atwood review, The Outlook magazine, August 1994.) The publishing of that novel led to his being commissioned to write a screenplay about Rwanda’s genocide entitled WHILE GOD WAS SLEEPING. (2000) Following a serious car accident, John endured multiple surgeries and disabling complications. He lived for two years with stroke patients and dementia victims while he recovered his health. TEARS ON DIAMONDS, due in 2020, is a collection of the poems he wrote while in these facilities. THE HEALER marks his return to novels. John also currently writes a popular column on Facebook, “Words are magic and writers are wizards” which currently reaches about 1.2 million readers weekly.