I read this book with an unintended bias-mind (I am religious). I read this book as a story, ignoring my inner convictions as much as possible. However, I could still see the parallels to the Nativity story. I enjoyed reading this novel up to a point. It was very realistic in terms of the consequences of how: individuals would react, parents could cope, religious organizations would handle the situation, and (in the end) how the government would typically handle this situation. It was one possible reality; yet there were other issues ignored. I did not get the sense of how NATO would react, let alone other nations/people. I felt very depressed in the end, even though it had a "happy" ending. If I say I had issues with this book, it would not be said loud enough, or even long enough before I was finished.
With that being said (I don't want to give too much away), it is a book you can either read and set down, or read and see ulterior meanings into the characters actions. Whether this novel mirrors any religious story and/or mirrors the end of the world, it WILL cause one to think about the actions of individuals, groups, or governments and THAT is what the premise of this story led me to conclude.
A typical teenager, Jillian Macomb, is looking forward to senior high. Or at least she was. Having just broken up with her boyfriend, she receives the stunning and unexpected news that she's pregnant. Her father's protege, Stephen Jacobs, and she form an unlikely alliance as they realize that their nighttime apparitions are more than simple dreams, making it clear to them that the child she carries is no ordinary child. When a geneticist discovers that Jillian's pregnancy holds the key to inexplicable healings, he will stop at nothing to claim the magnificent discovery as his own. Meanwhile, government officials and representatives from the Catholic Church arrive to investigate the astonishing events, realizing that whoever controls the source of the miracles will become the ultimate world power. In the ultimate test of faith, Stephen and Jillian must decide who they can trust, and whether or not to believe the compelling and terrifying message of the prophecy.