The Evolution of Thomas Hall
"The Evolution of Thomas Hall is a visual journey that will lift your heart and invite you to view the miracles of the Savior in a way you haven't before. The magic of this book comes in its ability to inspire you to become the person you were always meant to be."
—Emily Freeman, bestselling author
Thomas Hall is an artist with astonishing talent - and a vainglorious sense of self. Since his days as a child prodigy he has reveled in recognition and believed in his inevitable destiny. Chosen. Entitled. He presumes his artistic brilliance deserves a lavish life of independence, fast cars and drop-dead gorgeous women. Thomas Hall wants it all and more.
Destiny has other plans. When "Cass," the woman from the Healing Place, walks into his life, nothing can ever be the same again.
Thomas finds himself faced with a challenge he could never have imagined, suspended between the snarling beasts of his fanciful imagination that belie the existence of God and the undaunted faith of a little girls named Christina. What he discovers about the child's harrowing escape from death - and the impossibility of what happened at the bottom of the cliff - brings him face-to-face with the most frightening question of his life.
Award-winning filmmaker Kieth Merrill writes a cinematic story of one man's journey in search of his soul that introduces us to a fascinating cast of characters and takes us to a place we've never been. And all of it with imagery that unspools like a movie in our our minds.
By Charissa, Submitted on 2015-07-26
Thomas Hall is a famous commercial artist who has a bad case of entitlement. Life has been easy for him, molding him into an arrogant, brash snob. When Susan Cassidy (Cass) talks his agent into accepting a job to paint a mural in the Healing Wing of a Christian hospital, Thomas tells his agent flat out No. He doesn’t have time to waste doing menial art revolving around a God he doesn’t believe exists. As his Science museum job changes directors, he finds himself working for a man who is anti-God and promoting Darwinism as his god and the destruction of all religion on one side…to needing to accept the hospital mural job to make ends meet when life dishes out some hefty hits by a two-by-four. As desperation pushes him to forsake his cowardly agnosticism and choose a side, Thomas journeys to the cusp of despair to find meaning beyond death and the answer to the question that gnaws at him constantly…is there a God.
This book was incredible. The beautifully flowing prose overwhelmed me with so many emotions. Thomas came to life on the pages. He’s probably one of my favorite characters I’ve ever read about. I loved the art theme in this book. The author did an amazing job of making me ‘see’ what Thomas was creating…and it did my heart well. I can’t give this book enough praise. The writing was spectacular, the characters had amazing depth, the story moved along steadily and I was hooked; and the message touched my heart. This book had everything I love and will definitely go on my favorites shelf.
By Scott, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I love this book! It is masterfully written. It is joyful and heart warming. I could not put it down and I could not recommend it more strongly. I would like to thank the author for such a beautiful gift.
By Melissa, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I loved this book! (Admittedly, disappointed with the language which was needless in my opinion.) Kieth Merrill has an incredible talent for painting a picture with his writing. The chapters are written as virtual scene changes which made the book ever so hard to put down.
The author did a superb job developing Thomas Hall's character along with the other characters in the book. This book will leave you thinking about it for a long time!
By Susan, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I agree with a previous reviewer about the language in this book and others sold by Deseret Book. I was very disappointed in this book. As a whole the storyline was okay, if not predictable. However, it seemed to drag with excessive description. Not only that, but the book had a rather large number of mild swear words.
By Nicole, Submitted on 2015-02-25
The Evolution of Thomas Hall is a thought-provoking look at one man's journal back to God. The scenes were vibrant and rich. The prose were smart. It is a book I would recommend over and over.
By Teresa & Les , Submitted on 2015-02-25
I absolutely loved this book! It so easy to see everything that Mr. Merrill was describing. Mr. Merrill made you feel what Thomas Hall was feeling as he was going through his transformation. I knew from the first page that I would enjoy this book. This book was so hard to put down. It would be great to see this book made into a movie! I highly recommend this book to others. I hope that Mr. Merrill gives us more books to read.
By Angie, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I loved reading this book and watching the growth of Thomas Hall as he came to know the Savior. I was surprised at the beginning at how well Merrill described the accident Christina survived miraculously. I couldn't wait to see how it played into the rest of the book.All of the characters were so vivid I couldn't put it down until I was finished! Hope it becomes a movie!
By Connie, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Speaking of Thomas'mural, Miss Von Horn said, "It is the divine confirmation or your own inspiration. This is what the Lord wanted you to do. He gave you your talent so you could honor him and that is what you've done. Thank you for having the courage to believe beyond your doubts." I loved the message of this one paragraph! It summed up the whole book for me. We are all in a process of evolution...this book inspires me to get past those doubts. Beautifully written!
By Courtney, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I enjoyed this book greatly! The conflict of the main character kept me captivated and interested in finding out how he dealt with issues in his life. It helps you realize what is most important in life and really enjoy the small and wonderful things. Great book and an awesome summer read!
By Shauna, Submitted on 2015-02-25
As a few have already mentioned, there is a little language that I too wished I didn't have to read. At a recent meeting with Sheri Dew she told us that if they had made the character "squeaky clean" from the beginning then the transformation/evolution would not have been as dramatic. Understanding that, I enjoyed the book so much more. My favorite part is as the artist is painting miracles that Christ performed he starts to see those same miracles all around him in everyday life. I highly recommend this book!