Intro: The Non-Silence of the LAMB
The Non-Silence of the LAMB is a unique type of story. Why is it unique? First of all, although a story of fiction, the book takes the name of the main author, LAMB (Luke Alexander Morgan Brown).
The Non-Silence of the LAMB simply means the complete revelation by the author about his family in a fictional/reality format. Like a reality show, this book mixes fiction with reality. The fictional story rises to the surface of reality many times as the author reveals himself somewhat in the second half of the book.
When the reader completes this book, he or she should be wondering if the story is in fact real. Also, the reader should be left with a dramatic impression of the spreading of HIV. However, during their journey, they should have been deeply entertained with the passion of love, hate, jealousy, ambition, island cultures, courage, conviction, fear, as well as tragedy.
The theme involves showing how a single parent female struggled with eight children in the island of Jamaica to survive at the risk of trading her moral ground so that her kids all could be better citizens in the end.
Like many of today’s modern dilemmas, the reality of unfair infliction of HIV upon an innocent soul is a very hardcore reality and crisis in these days with no easy solution.
This leads us to the second reason why this story is unique. As a doctor of pharmacy who is a licensed pharmacist in two states; New York and Florida, the main author speaks with the authority of a vast body of knowledge on the topic of HIV. Moreover, as one reads the novel, it becomes clear why this story is also a very personal one to him.
“Well, if I’m so special, why can’t I have children?”
The reverend closed his eyes and turned his face upward in a very dramatic way as he offered a quick whispered prayer to God. “Do you believe in God, my child?”
“Yes, sir,” she said without hesitation.
“Well let’s go somewhere and talk about this matter. Where do you live? Is it very close by here?”
The reverend stood up, turned to look around him, wanting to ensure their privacy. It was as if he was about to do or say the unforgivable. “The Lord is telling me right now that I should touch you so you can be healed.”
Those words sounded very good to Essie’s ears and she nodded several times. “Yes pastor, I live not very far from here,” she said, relief and joy on her face.
“Let me take you home.” Essie led the way to her house.
They held hands and prayed briefly and after the short prayer session, Rev. Murray turned to her. “Essie, my child, do you believe in God?”
“Essie my child, do you believe in miracles?”
“Then my child, take off those worldly condemned clothes you’re wearing and let me heal you through the grace of God.”
Essie was shocked to hear those words from the good minister, but at this point, she had nothing to lose. So she obeyed him and undressed except for her panties and brassiere.
“All of it, my dear child, all of it. Take off all your sinful forsaken clothes,” he said, shouting in a strong demanding tone.
Did Essie expose it all for the minister? What even led them to this point anyway? If you were like Essie, what would you do if put in such an awkward situation?
I hope that the story, not the message, is the most important aspect of this novel.
It is too easy, especially for emerging authors, to preach rather than entertain. Sure, underlying messages can be incorporated into a storyline. However, in my experience, fiction that tries to get a message across fails in both holding the reader’s interest and selling their message. Readers don’t like to be preached at.