Monday, February 11, 2013
Oh, how this resonated with me when I read it! I love to read a good mystery - hours of reading to find out "who dunnit"...missing so much detail in the process...
Mr. Alcorn's mystery was a totally different journey for me. I, of course, was interested in the quest of the main character to solve the mystery involving the death of his two friends...but the story was in the details. I was completely taken by surprise.
You see, it wasn't that long ago that I would have completely overlooked this book. A Christian mystery novel? Huh?
Truth be told, the mystery was the least interesting part for me. It was the connection I felt with Jake, caught between his worldly friend, Doc; wrapped up in himself, women (other than his wife,) money and getting ahead - all while doing morally questionable things to achieve his goals - and his friend Finney, saved and dedicated to being an example - trying desperately to ensure that his lifelong friends were saved as well. Jake was afraid of the life Doc lead, but was equally afraid of living the life Finney had chosen - afraid of making promises he couldn't keep and believing in something he didn't understand. Life was just easier with blinders on.
There's obviously so much more to this book - here's where you can find the official breakdown. I've never been one to re-write something the publisher can tell you much better than I can.)
I absolutely love this author's discussion of one of the character's experience of Heaven too. Though Randy Alcorn admits that his rendition is totally fictional, based soley on his interpretation of Biblical truth...I found myself hoping he was right...and I will never look at a pregnant woman the same again! (Yeah, you'll have to read it to see what I mean.)
In the end, I guessed totally wrong on the mystery part - which I thought was way cool. There's nothing worse than having it figured out half-way through. And there was no racing through this time - I fully enjoyed the whole book.
Will definitely be looking into other Alcorn books!
*Thank you to WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Posted by K.O. at 8:40 PM