Stephen Goldin's POLLY takes on the subject addressed by some of humanity's most sacred tomes, and blows conventional wisdom to smithereens. Oh, it would also be viewed as highly irreverent, blasphemous and offensive, at least by those humans pretending to be in charge of life and the universe. This tale takes the case of a decent man who has suffered a few Job-like troubles, puts him into an encounter with a twenty-something young woman of mysterious powers, and sets him on the pathway to exploring why humanity has to fix itself using its own talents, rather than waiting for divine rescue. Very nice characterization, flawless dialogue, a great evocation of real world issues for real people, and a delightful put-down, or smack-down, for all the dogma-bred hyper-religionists who use spiritual faith as a tool to run the world. A great story with fine characters and an ensemble of scenes that nicely encourage the reader to not only "think for yourself" but to realize how much power to do good resides in the hands and heart of any person.