I enjoyed this two-story collection. The characters were realistic folks who became bold thanks to the miracles God gave them. Without spoiling the endings, let me say that I was satisfied with how Blackstock wrapped things up in both stories.
The Listener–Something strange happened to Sam Bennett this morning. He is hearing the thoughts of other people. The waitress at the coffee shop. The elevator operator in Sam’s office building. His wife, his secretary, even his pastor. Simply by looking at them, Sam can hear their hearts’ deepest needs. Is he going crazy… or about to experience a miracle beyond his wildest dreams?
The Gifted–Three friends rescued from the rubble of an earthquake are just glad to be alive. They soon realize, however, that something much more miraculous happened during the earthquake… something supernatural. Understanding their newly acquired powers is difficult enough. But when the gifts suddenly vanish, even greater questions arise about the origin and obligations of these miraculous gifts from above.