Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Chasm by Randy Alcorn (review)

As I started to read "The Chasm," I was skeptical about my choice of books. This was confusing and seemed similar to a mystery. I didn't understand that this book tied in to a larger novel, "Edge of Eternity." Now I haven't read the latter book, so I can't say whether it's good or bad or indifferent.

However, I ended up really enjoying "The Chasm." There are beautiful parallels to the Gospel: the Woodsman and Jesus, the tree and the cross, Charis and Heaven. This is a tale of demons and angels, good and bad, and all the gray matter between.

My favorite part of the book is the overhead look at the roads. Our lives are really paths that take us to one place or another - and in the end, the final one place or the other. The road you choose to travel may be scenic and beautiful...or even confusing and sorrowful...but where will it end? Charis, the city of lights, full of beautiful music and happy endings...or another city, full of darkness and eternal sorrow? I know which I would (and have) chose(n).

Some may read "The Chasm" and completely miss the ties to Christianity (just as some watch or read "The Chronicles of Narnia" and miss the ties), but I don't see how. Randy Alcorn paints a lovely story of a man trying to find his way back home, to the place we all are meant to be.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free in order to facilitate an honest review. My opinions are honest and my own. Others may or may not have the same experience(s) with this publishing company and/or the book and/or author.

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