Much of the appeal of this story comes from its honest, straight-forward investigation and commentary on the validity of God and divine healing. Taliesin’s father says that warts come and go and that the healings could have taken place without prayer. And Taliesin’s brother insists that divine healings must be proved to be believed. Billy, the piano teacher and divine healer, is portrayed as being very sincere and psychologically sound. And he concedes that his healing prayers are not always successful.
When Taliesin’s piano teacher dies, Taliesin asks the local minister to resurrect him, but the minister says he isn’t Jesus Christ and therefore is not able to bring people back to life. In a very touching development, the school bully eventually comes privately and asks Taliesin to have God restore a part of his finger which has been cut off. When the first healing prayer is not successful, they agree to try again later. And when a diabetic member of the boys in the Believers Club quits taking his insulin, believing he will be divinely healed, Taliesin gets into a lot of trouble. However, narration in the film suggests that it is reasonable to hold certain beliefs without proof. Only one obscenity slightly mars this film. Both Christian and secular viewers will find “Taliesin Jones” immensely enlightening and thought-provoking as it explores many aspects of faith and belief.