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Elvis is Alive Paperback – February 10, 2016
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I’m a professional writer and I enjoy writing novels, movie scripts, poems, short stories, and blogs. My blogging site is www.heartwinners.wordpress.com I’m also a wedding photographer at www.weddingchurchphotography.com. I have an internet food business as well at www.heartwinners.com. I presently reside in Raleigh N.C. and I currently attend East Carolina University pursuing a degree in University Studies. Upon graduating I will seek a lateral entry position in teaching at a Public or Private School system. The beach and the mountains are my two favorite places to get away for relaxation and fun. I love to meditate on the Word of God daily and I’m devoted to Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. My life goal is to win hearts to Jesus Christ, and expose the Word of God to others, to allow a life changing transformation to take place in their hearts and lives. More information about my ministry can be found at www.livingstonesspiritualhouse.org and the ministry 24 hour a day prayer hotline is 800-865-7822. More information and social media about my novel “Elvis is Alive” can be found at www.elvisisalive.org
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And yet, this novel should not be seen as a plodding religious text; the mood is light, the plot flows well, the characters have a life of their own, and the story hangs together very well as just a work of fiction. While at times the editing could have been tightened up, this is a good thought-provoking novel and not just another Elvis book.
A little while ago, I had the blessing and pleasure to read a novel which hits the hammer right on the head when it comes to Elvis. Why? Because it’s the first piece of fiction that heartily endorses his Christian heritage. I don’t think it should come as a shock that Elvis was a devout believer in God, no matter how many strict dogmatists will try to discredit that due to his untimely demise caused by addiction to medication and unhealthy eating habits. The book is called ELVIS IS ALIVE, and written by Mr. James LeCroy, who was kind enough to provide me with a copy of his work.
The storyline of the novel is fairly simple, at the same time offering space for plenty of interesting stuff to happen: having reached the Throne of Jesus in Heaven, Elvis pleas for a second chance at getting things done right, realizing his wrongdoings. He’s granted 40 days to win souls for Christ, and if successful, he may return to Heaven. Thus, he appears in the middle of the Nevada desert, to Sunny Carlisle, a down-on-his luck Elvis impersonator. They meet lapsed Catholic Elisha Matthews, and together, the trio embarks on the adventure of a lifetime, with these two helping Elvis in his Heaven-granted quest by being there for him as he puts together comeback concerts to fulfill his mission.
In spite of the book safely being labeled as Christian fiction, what I love the most about it is that it doesn’t offer wishy-washy cardboard cutouts from Sunday school lessons for characters. It shows sin at its ugliest, from language to violence, pulling no punches in its attempt to show its impact on our world. The characters go through a lot of dark and violent stuff, confrontations with evil cultists and terrorists, kidnappings, murders and so on, and, shock and awe to holier-than-Thou individuals, they drop f-bombs. Yes, this is the world we live in, and the book is not afraid to take on it, mano a mano. It’s one of the grittiest and most inspiring Christian novels I’ve read in the recent period, and while it could benefit from a little more editing, the message comes through loud and clear. Four point five stars out of five for this awesome fictional tribute to the King of Rock n’Roll and the King of Kings.
First of all this book needs considerable editorial help. Words are misused, there are run-on sentences, grammatical problems abound, and the writing style is really clunky.
My biggest gripe, and the reason I quit three or four chapters in, is the story is... well, just plain goofy.
Elvis comes back from purgatory (which doesn't exist) on some strange short-term mission to redeem himself - as stated on page 16 when Elvis said "I've been in purgatory all this time, but I have seen Jesus, as a matter of fact I had to plead to Jesus to give me a second chance at winning souls to Christ."
He apparently has some kind of magical powers but they aren't really explained and no reasons for them are given. He can move cars across the country at the speed of light and has millions in some secret bank account. Yeah... what?
I simply didn't care about anyone in this story or even for the story itself. Why bother turning the pages if you have no interest in what happens on the next page?