“Gene Therapy” is an original story that is creative and offers an innovative way to reach modern audiences with the gospel. The setting of the Comedy Club, “Bandanna’s,” is interesting. So are the characters: Raphie, Ali and Maria, and Gene. Although some drinking takes place and a few guys “hit” on Ali and Maria, their advances never get very far. Gene uses his “gift,” the word of knowledge, and makes an impact on people’s lives, even though he is a flawed, ordinary man. His character will hit home with many readers. He reaches Ali and Maria with the Gospel when they most need it, when they are vulnerable: Maria due to loneliness and Ali due to her argument with her husband and her lack of desire to be at Bandanna’s.
I think the story ends well, too, and as Gene is doing his “act” or, in this case, actually being used of God, I was curious as to what would come next in the story. I think the suspense that builds up in the story works nicely. If the content remains the same, we would love to be able to review this story when it is made into a film and award it the Dove Seal, just as we are doing for the “Gene Therapy” book, which is awarded our “Faith-Friendly” 12-plus Seal. “Gene Therapy” could be more than entertainment for the reader–it could be, well, good therapy!