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The Touch

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  357 Ratings  ·  94 Reviews
2012 Christy Award finalist, Contemporary series category.
Andrew Jones was once one of the few surgeons in the world to have that rare, God-given ability called The Touch. But after failing to save his young fiancee, Faith, at the scene of a car accident, Jones abandons his gift and shuns the operating room.

Lara Blair owns a Chicago-based biomedical engineering company
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published 2011)
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Noran Miss Pumkin
Jan 20, 2012 Noran Miss Pumkin rated it really liked it
This book is from Goodreads free give away. This book reminded of Nicholas Sparks books.....
you can see the ending from the beginning, but you still go down the path. I liked the path at times-set in the Virginia mountains-but Doc no one would have waited 2 weeks for their hillbilly stroke patient to finally show up, driven to the hospital farmer buddy.

I liked the books design. I am an avid book design addict, This book's color, weight, paper selection, font, and slip cover were all marvelous.
Jul 14, 2012 Marianne rated it it was amazing
The Touch by Randall Wallace

I really enjoyed the book more than I thought I would. Throughout the novel it was hard to actually get inside the head of Andrew Jones (or Jones, as his colleagues call him) Faith Thomas or Lara (Laura without the u) Blair. So why did I like it in spite of that fact? Or why did I not really connect with them? All three of these characters were wrapped up in their professions as doctors, Lara being a researcher. They were well developed, but I seemed to miss that par
Sep 01, 2016 Bachyboy rated it really liked it
Others have remarked on how attractive the cover and size of this book is and that is what tempted me at the library. Perhaps the fact that this book also deals with operations on the brain also attracted me! Well crafted, sympathetic characters and a good story kept me really interested in this tale of courage and fear.
Jan 27, 2012 Robert rated it liked it
I received this book as part of a Good Reads giveaway so thank you first to the author for allowing me to read this book.

I started this book knowing that I was excited to read it. I knew the premise of the story from the description and knew it was something I wanted to enjoy. I found the story not only touching, but real and engaging. Andrew Jones was the tortured soul who needed saving and Lara was the savior he was looking for after the death of his wife. Jones never got over the death of his
Regina Spiker
Jones has an amazing gift - he has the touch - hands for surgery and saving people. He also has fallen in love with Faith, a woman who lives up to her name and who inspires Jones. When both are involved in a tragic accident on the way to their clinic in the mountains - Jones hangs up his own personal surgical instruments and teaches his fellow doctors to use their hands instead. At the same time a young woman named Lara Blair, who owns a biomedical engineering company, has been searching for a s ...more
Sep 29, 2012 Keryn rated it really liked it
Shelves: human-drama
I picked this book up firstly because of its unusual size and cover sitting on the library shelf - as a novella it is a hardcover small book but fairly thick and good quality;it probably cost a lot to publish due to its non-standard presentation.

Then I was captivated by the first few paragraphs. I have been looking closely at opening paragraphs lately as they need to capture my attention - and just how many variations can you do on an opening paragraph? This one starts:"When Michelangelo finishe
Daniel Daly
Jan 02, 2014 Daniel Daly rated it it was amazing
From inspiring me with the kilts of William Wallace and Scottish warriors in the book Braveheart, Randall Wallace has done it again, only this time its the surgical touch of this book's protagonist.

I must confess that a I was able to guess the ending only a quarter way into the book, but that didn't matter because the experience leading to it was written so well that I was quick to dismiss its predictability.

In this story, sadness gives birth to a journey of inspirational wealth. It speaks of
Jessica Buike
Apr 03, 2012 Jessica Buike rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
My first impression of the book had to do with it's appearance. I know that they always say "Don't judge a book by it's cover," but as all true bibliophiles know, there is something breathtaking about finding a book that has a cover that draws you in. This cover is gorgeous!! I found myself lovingly touching the cover as I read, with its thin papery feel. The content matches the cover, with a beautiful faith message stated in a way that all faiths can appreciate. I loved the quote on p. 45, "And ...more
Glenda Alexander
Jan 14, 2012 Glenda Alexander rated it it was amazing
An absolute must read!

This book is magical if you read no other book in 2012 read "The Touch"

Randall Wallace with his amazing talent and his ability to bring characters to life, hands us a book that will touch your very soul!

This will be the book that you will buy copies to share with family and friends, Randall Wallace shares with us a beautiful book that shows his faith and how he was raised and the truth that each of us "know in our depths that something in each of us comes from God".

In thi
Jul 03, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Dr. Andrew Jones has a gift -- a gift he's reluctant, unwilling really, to use because of a traumatic event in his past.

Lara Blair is in search of a solution -- a solution she thinks only Dr. Jones can give her.

The Touch is a moving and masterfully written novella by Randall Wallace. That should be no surprise. If you've seen Braveheart, you know what kind of storyteller Wallace is. This story read like a movie would play. Each character was clear in my mind and deeply developed with the use of
Feb 13, 2012 Susan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Wallace's The Touch was an amazing read that I was lucky enough to win through Goodreads. It was a moving story that touched the heart and made you think. It really reminded me of books that I had read by Nicholas Sparks and really enjoyed, but Wallace has a touch of his own giving the reader a powerful story of two people brought together by science and drawn together by love and faith. Wallace does a great job of building two love stories in The Touch by showing the reader a glimpse of Andrew' ...more
Mar 12, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it
Andrew Jones, a young doctor with amazing gift/abilities abandoned his gift and gave up surgery when he could not save his fiancé in a fatal car accident. Lara Blair, owner of a biomedical engineering company is determined to persuade him to work with her. He resists until he discovers the urgency in her request.
I enjoyed this author's writing. He is an American screenwriter who wrote the screenplays for Braveheart, We Were Soldiers, The Man in the Iron Mask, Pearl Harbor and Secretariat. In add
Jan 21, 2012 Bri rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Romantics
I didn't think I was really going to enjoy this book as tear jerkers aren't usually my thing.....but I loved it actually! The roller coaster my emotions rode was exhilarating as these types of books aren't a staple upon my shelves. I even said, as I read the last chapter..."ohhh man don't tell me she...aww how cute and awesome! OMG thats just adorable can basically feel the love!"

I also enjoyed the writing by telling one story simultaneously with another and t Rollin into each other without bei
Nadine Keels
Apr 04, 2016 Nadine Keels rated it it was amazing
Lara studied him, and she knew something out of the ordinary had happened there, though she could not have said what, and she could not have known that something in this was even greater than what Jones had once seen at the Sistine Chapel, for this was alive, this was the Hand of God to Andrew Jones.

I had some idea--but then again, little idea at all--what I was in for when I picked up The Touch by author Randall Wallace, the story of a young, gifted surgeon who refuses to operate anymore after
Feb 28, 2012 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This book really challenged how I perceive Christian publishers, or at least Tyndale. I kept waiting for the more blatant spirituality, but it never came. The themes of love and loss, heartbreak and hope, giving beyond ourselves--these would touch readers from all backgrounds. As a Christian, I saw the hand of God (part of the theme) throughout, but there were no "sermons" or dramatic conversions. It is a beautiful story.

I received this book through Good Reads First Reads.
Jeanne Stephens
Feb 02, 2013 Jeanne Stephens rated it it was amazing
I bouht this book last year at the Celebration of Reading where I actually met the author and got my copy autographed. I put it away and honestly forgot about it. I am so sorry that I did not read this womderful book sooner! It was such a great story.

It was about a gifted surgeon who had quit operating because of a personal tragedy. He found what he needed to be healed.

It is a love story but it is more than that-it is a story of healing!
Dec 11, 2012 Jules rated it it was amazing
With mental issues that cause me to pass out from pain or blood, I wasn't sure if I could make it through the entirety of this book. The intriguing characters and plot were enough to combat it, however- I absolutely adored this book!
Feb 08, 2016 Tiffany rated it really liked it
The Touch is a great novella by Randall Wallace. Randall is the man who brought you Braveheart, Pearl Harbor, and We Are Soldiers. This book does not disappoint. It is about a surgeon who has a beautiful gift but after a traumatic event can no longer perform surgeries and only teaches. What can bring him back to doing what he is so good at? What can bring healing? Well you'll have to read it to find out. :) It's a great little book and I highly recommend it. Because it is so short I can't really ...more
Kathleen Anderson
Feb 11, 2013 Kathleen Anderson rated it really liked it
This was really a good book. Pretty fast read, and I had a hard time putting it down. There was some great advice for life couched in some conversation. "She believed that the best way to do a good deed was to do it in secret. If you commit an act of charity and people know you did it, it drains away the true power of the deed. If someone unknown does evil to you, you start suspecting everyone around you of hair boring hate, and you hate back. But if you're on the receiving end of a truly anonym ...more
Apr 19, 2012 AlixJamie rated it it was ok
Synopsis: Andrew Jones was once one of the few surgeons in the world to have that rare, God-given ability called "The Touch." But after failing to save his young fiancee, Faith, at the scene of a car accident, Jones abandons his gift and shuns the operating room. Lara Blair owns a Chicago-based biomedical engineering company developing a surgical tool that will duplicate precisely the movement of a surgeon's hands, reducing or eliminating failed surgical procedures. Lara has pursued the best sur ...more
Feb 03, 2012 Janet rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, first-read
I received this book as a GoodReads, first read. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, by author, playwright and songwriter Randall Wallace. The main characters were well developed. The storyline was a stretch, but sometimes when I read fiction that is just fine with me. Reading a novel set in Virginia / and Appalachia gave me a fresh perspective. I have never given much thought to the concept of "secret giving," but it triggered some reflection as a I read about it. The writing in this book r ...more
Jul 04, 2012 Elle rated it really liked it
Andrew Jones life was perfect, his career was set, his future wife said yes and things couldn't be any better. Than tragedy strikes and Jones abilities as a doctor fail him and take the person that means the most to him. Jones puts up walls and puts his surgical skills behind him, he is unable to trust himself to save anyones life and resorts to teaching and helping those with non-life-threatening illnesses.

Lara is driven to find the surgical technique that is the cure to the issue that claimed
Jane Thomson
May 26, 2014 Jane Thomson rated it liked it
This novel was interesting from page 1. I enjoyed the development of the two main characters and the juxtaposition of life in the highly charged medical research institute in Chicago with the slower-paced life in Virginia. The two stories that are interwoven are engaging...if not predictable.

The faith in humankind that is represented in this novel is refreshing!
Apr 28, 2012 Andrea rated it it was ok
Shelves: memoirs, medical
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Paula Schumm
Aug 26, 2015 Paula Schumm rated it really liked it
The Touch was loaned to me by a friend. It's a quick read, and a beautiful one. Set in the Appalachian Mountains in Virginia, The Touch explores anonymous charitable giving of money and of self. There is pain, love, risk, and faith in this novella. Recommended.
Sarah Vigen
A nice blend of romance, drama and faith. The storyline was believeable, the romance wasn't korny and the references to god and faith weren't preachy. A good book with a beautiful cover!!!
Aug 17, 2014 Kim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was okay. I found this book/author on a Christian book list. It was clean and had some strong allusions to faith. It's not on my top 10 list but was an encouragement to give my talents/gifts to God for His use.
Nov 06, 2014 Makita rated it it was ok
I actually really liked the story but it was too rushed for me, almost like it was a Readers Digest condensed version I guess I just wanted more
Kathie Newell
Jan 25, 2016 Kathie Newell rated it liked it
This book was easy to read, but not necessarily one I would put on a list to tell my friends that they just have to read.
May 17, 2014 Minimidget rated it it was amazing
The best book I've read in a long time. Thoughtful, inspiring, poignant yet full of hope, love, and faith. Loved it!
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