Masterfully crafted by D.L. Augustine, ‘The Josiah Effect’ follows the story of a successful Child Psychiatrist and a ten-year-old boy. After their lives cross paths, one letter serves as the catalyst for a chain of events that will positively impact the lives of many. While primarily fiction, Augustine’s narrative is also being used to help readers realize the importance of allowing God to heal them Josiah: Meaning ‘God heals’ in Hebrew World renowned child psychiatrist Robin Giselle Walters has everything going for her.
She has a great life, a career she loves, financial security and a place in the community. She thinks her life is perfect until she meets 10-year-old Josiah Martin, a child who is on an emotional precipice. Josiah is a beautiful, precocious 10-year-old who has a dysfunctional, self-absorbed mother whom he loves with all his heart. In her own way, she loves him, too, but the pursuit of her own selfish desires keep her distracted and unplugged from her only child; that is, until he writes a letter to God asking how he can get his mother to love him more. Robin and Josiah’s paths intersect after the letter comes to the attention of her best friend Tiffany Drayton, who also happens to be Josiah’s teacher.
After meeting Josiah, Robin feels a connection to the child unlike anything she has ever experienced. The connection is deep and very personal. She is determined to save Josiah at all cost, but as events are set into motion and situations unfold, it becomes unclear who exactly is saving whom. The letter sets off a chain of events of cataclysmic proportions. Before it’s over with, many people will be changed, renewed and enlightened as a result of being caught up in the whirlwind that is the Josiah Effect, while others, including Josiah, Robin and Josiah’s mother, will travel to hell and back before they come to the realization of what it means to truly love and to forgive, and how God always answers prayers in his own time and in his own way.