Review: The Reluctant Healer by Andrew Himmel

This was a really interesting read for me – a bit of a push and pull of:
what I believe in
what makes me curious
what makes a good story

I’m definitely one that believes in Science, and things that are proven, and are real, but I DO think that it would be AWESOME if people had special powers and could just heal with a touch, a sound, or simply just being in the same room. I’m thinking along the lines as more of a Avengers and Harry Potter fan – magic and superpowers are so cool – amirite?

I read this with an open mind, and because of that – I found it fun, and fascinating and imagined, what would I do myself – if put in the same situation. Beliefs aside, if this just happened to you – what would you do?

Will Alexander is a young attorney, just kind of riding the wave. He’s not really a go-getter trying to work his way up to partner or be a big shot, he’s just kind of existing, and doing the day-by-day thing. Until one day, he meets a woman in a bar who says he is surrounded by colors. What the what?!

Erica is an energy healer, and she’s shocked by the strength of whatever is emanating from him, but Will just doesn’t understand her. What on earth is she talking about? Yet, for some reason he’s inexplicably drawn to Erica, and his desire for her is stronger than however insane he thinks she may be.

Soon, they become inseparable, and Will just goes through the motions, accepting her quirks, digressing from any talk of spiritual healing, and avoiding telling friends and family about what Erica so strongly believes in. Until he starts seeing things happen – people are getting better, and Will may be a part of that healing. He struggles with what he believes as an intellect, a man of reason – and begins to take an agnostic approach of expanding his mind and coming to terms with things he never believed could exist. Could he really possess the power to heal? Can he make people better just by being in the same room as them? Is he going crazy all because of his love for Erica?

The Reluctant Healer was really thought provoking and interesting, with a great cast of characters from across all spans of beliefs and uncertainty. An impressive debut.


  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press; 1 edition (October 8, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1626345309
  • ISBN-13: 978-1626345300

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More about the book:

What happens when a conventional attorney confronts mounting evidence that he has the spiritual ability to heal others? Based on the dynamic of his real-life marriage, author Andrew Himmel sketches a portrait of the reasonable man thrown into turmoil as he confronts the limitations of science, the power of spirituality and the confines of an orderly but constricted life.

The Reluctant Healer [Greenleaf Book Group, October 8, 2018] explores unconventional possibilities, intention, love, and how ordinary people grapple with extraordinary phenomena. Written for fans of literary, speculative, and humorous fiction as well as literature about New Age topics, the novel is about embracing differences, sustaining love in turbulence and figuring out our place in the world, real or spiritual.

The Reluctant Healer tells the story of a young attorney who is torn between his life-long skepticism of alternative views and the unexpected evidence that he has the spiritual ability to heal others. Will, a logical, left-brained New York City lawyer, leads a cautious, conventional life.  But when he meets Erica, a beautiful, unkempt and intense energy healer, he becomes troubled not only by her unorthodox endeavors, but also by the limitations of his own existence. Amidst this turmoil, Will is startled to discover that he may possess metaphysical gifts of healing that confront the narrow doctrines of his regulated life.

Will is a realistic character with imperfections, a sense of humor, and skepticism of the supernatural. Even as he questions much of the spiritual world, he struggles internally with phenomena that challenge both his sense of self and his orderly perspective. Will’s love for Erica, the exposure to her world, and his newfound powers place his life in a state of uncertainty, teetering between disruption and liberation.

“What I hope is apparent,” says Himmel, “is that The Reluctant Healer is not a work of explicit advocacy. Instead, I intended to convey, at least in part, the value of disruption. Let’s assume, as I do not, that all notions of energetic healing and spiritual intervention are without foundation. Even so, these notions, much like a blunt instrument, can still function as a liberating force, challenging one to reconsider life choices and conventional wisdom. The instrument may not be appealing but the application of its force might lead to intriguing results.”

In this gripping tale, The Reluctant Healer explores numerous themes:

  • Navigating a path between doubt and certainty—finding the courage to challenge personal beliefs
  • Maintaining an open mind to approach the unfamiliar with a new perspective
  • The convergence of spirituality and conventional Western medicine
  • Exploring alternatives for physical, emotional and psychological healing


About the Author:

Andrew Himmel has practiced law for over 30 years. He is a founding partner and civil litigator of Himmel & Bernstein, LLP, a law firm in the Flatiron district in New York City. Prior to his experience in the legal field, Himmel began his professional life in book publishing where he served as an editorial assistant and assistant editor at William Morrow for Harvey Ginsberg. He attended Cornell Law School and New York University School of law, receiving his law degree from NYU.

Himmel resides in Manhattan with his wife Michele, a universal energy healer who holds a BA in Art and Psychology and an MA in Education from Stanford University. He credits her with his understanding of energetic healing, enabling him to write the novel from an informed perspective. Their daughter, Nicole, holds a BA and MA in comparative literature from Stanford University. She is a writer living in Manhattan.



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