Title: Son of the Morning
Author: Joyce Carol Oates
One of JCO's earlier novels, it is no less intriguing and creepy. Son of the Morning is about a man by the name of Nathan Vickery, who comes into the world by unfortunate circumstances. From an early age he is blessed by God: some go further and claim that he is the manifestation of Christ, reborn into human form. He has his demons, like all the rest of mankind, however, and must confront them one by one. The title refers to a Biblical passage dealing with Lucifer's fall from grace. Take from that what you will.
This book has all the things one has come to expect from Oates (if one is a fan): the otherworldly in the realistic, rich language, slight goriness.
Oates definitely has the evangelical patter down to a science. Fascinating fiction. One minor beef: today, the book is a little dated (it was originally published in the 1970s).