Possible plot spoiler; reader beware.
Every time I talk to people who have read this book the responses are varied and very personal. With a tight story line and a quick pace the book addresses many of the hard questions that have plagued humanity for centuries. The language is simple to read yet presents concepts that invoke profound thinking.
Uninterrupted the book could be read in a day. Though I could hardly put it down I was not disappointed when it ended. It didn’t leave me wanting more. The story finished and finished well. It did leave me wanting to discuss what I had read with other thinking individuals, though.
The writing technique was fully engaging due to the precise imagery employed. The abstract ideas were illustrated beautifully by concrete objects such as pies, gardens, caves, desks, Native American folklore, head wounds, and even greens (you know, the kind you eat). This brought the ideas to a palpable level and challenged me to open my eyes and look around to see what God might be trying to show me within my surroundings.
The place where I was most challenged is the value that I place on humans. It is so easy to slip into categorizing people into prejudicial boxes. God sees each human life as precious. Various times He is heard saying about humans, “I am especially fond of that one.” That I, too, would treat people as precious creations is my heart’s cry.
To finish I would like to share a quote from the chapter “A Meeting of Hearts”.
“…just because I work incredible good out of unspeakable tragedies doesn’t mean I orchestrate the tragedies. Don’t ever assume that my using something means I caused it or that I need it to accomplish my purposes. That will only lead you to false notions about me. Grace doesn’t depend on suffering to exist, but where there is suffering you will find grace in many facets and colors. “