by Bill Andrews
ISBN-13: 9781602668300 (Trade Paperback)
Pub. Date: July 2007
Publisher: Xulon Press
Most everyone has at one time or another tried to imagine what eternal life in Heaven would be like. Scriptures offer precious little in the way of detail, but enough so that even the most malevolent among us often adjust their behavior in hopes of gaining entrance to the place where there is “no more death or mourning or crying,” Rev 21:4 (NIV), and the streets are of “pure gold like transparent glass,” Rev 21:21 (NIV).
Short of actually occupying a cemetery plot, there’s little we can do to learn more on the subject. However, what if we discovered a way in which to converse daily with a departed loved one who is in Heaven, and to talk with that person about whatever in Heaven we wanted to know? That’s exactly what Bill Andrews’ novel, Mason’s Link, does; and more. With a vivid imagination and a striking attention to detail, Bill Andrews creates a beautiful diorama of true life in the most exquisite location one could hope to claim residence: Heaven.
Through a chance conversation with his grandson, George Mason discovers a way to communicate directly with a departed loved one in Heaven. Initially afraid to share his discovery with others for fear of ridicule, he eventually opens up to his family. At first skeptical, they follow his directions and soon they too are conversing with departed loves ones. Coined as “Mason’s Link,” word of this extraordinary Earth-Heaven link spreads like wildfire in the Press on Earth and in Heaven where it captures the attention of the most senior residents.
To add to the drama, Andrews’ novel includes an intriguing love triangle: two women who share the mutual love of one man, but who together must reconcile their love for him from a heavenly perspective. The finale may surprise you.
Not to deny this story’s enjoyment, it is worth mentioning that because it was published by a Christian publisher, one might be surprised that it sidesteps a basic Christian tenet that calls for a relationship with Christ in order to enter Heaven (John 3:16 and other verses). But instead offers up a polite declaration that if a person “leads a decent life, stays out of trouble, respects others and is tolerant of other people’s rights,” they will gain access to the Pearly Gates.
Another issue is that in order to communicate with a loved one in Heaven, “Mason’s Link” requires a person to enter into a mild state of meditation and then to ask for the deceased person’s presence. Fortunately, in the story a loved one always responds, but admittedly, at first read the notion of Mason’s Link seemed a little eerie and conjured up images of séances, dark spirits and late night Ouija board games. Without addressing or even alluding to the potential darker side of the equation, the story comes off a little Pollyannaish.
All that aside, Bill Andrews does a great job in this, his second novel. His writing style is excellent and his character development is smooth. All in all, Mason’s Link is a very enjoyable read that will leave you feeling good at the end, while at the same time give you much to consider.–Jeff Ovall, Y-30 Staff