WTF Weekend: Knowing God by Donald Allen Kirch (@Storywriter1967)

Nathan Andrews was a good man. It came as quite a surprise to him that he wanted to die.

After a "botched" attempt to commit suicide, Nathan is haunted by the mysterious image of a woman, during a Near Death Experience. She was "perfect" and everything a man would seek within a life partner. With the simple utterance "Go back!" she forever conquered his heart.

Leaving a mental hospital after that, Nathan runs into an odd woman named Amanda. She barely knows English, doesn't recognize the simple things, and finally confesses an all-important truth to him: She...is GOD!

After some subtle convincing of the claim, and confronted by a winged man named "Gabriel," Nathan accepts this fantastic reality. A reality that will change his world, and the world of Mankind...FOREVER!

   

I'll freely admit, had this come from any other author, I likely would have given it a wide pass, even as a potential WTF Weekend title. In fact, I told Donald I was probably the wrong reader for it, since I'm about as religious as an Ambulocetus fossil, but his response . . . well, let's just say it made me laugh hard enough to take the chance.

Knowing God is a clever, irreverent take on contemporary faith that puts moral and message ahead of mythology. Donald Allen Kirch skewers Christian, Catholic, Jewish, and Islamic religions with equal fervor, not so much questioning the concept of a high power, but the flawed storytelling of mortals - churchmen and politicians in particular - with an agenda.

He does this through a contemporary urban fantasy that is built around a paranormal romance between a suicidal security guard and . . . well . . . God, who has taken on the form of a human woman named Amanda.

This is an oddly balanced - deliberately so - story of contrasts and duality that manages to be both heavy and light-hearted at the same time. It tackles the little details of humanity so well, especially the Starman-like way in which Amanda encounters love, laughter, and food for the first time, but it also reaches high with imagination, chronicling a genocidal war between Lucifer and the demons of Hell versus the lonely angels of Heaven. Along the way, God reveals the lies of the Bible, the truth about Creation, the existence of aliens, and far more - all of it amusing, and much of it surprising.

I hate to venture into spoiler territory, so I will be careful what I say, but Nathan's friend and neighbor - a black, lesbian, whirlwind of a woman - really made the second half of the story for me. Even as the Biblical parallels and homages threatened to overwhelm the story for me, her role, and her interactions with a certain Archangel, kept me reading. Knowing God isn't violently blasphemous or cruelly offensive, but those who would be bothered by it most are probably those who need to read it.



Kindle Edition, 260 pages
Published March 25th 2018 by Why Not??? Publications

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