Very powerful start, with a dark side. The plot thickens quickly and you have a real page turner (or in the case of audio ... a real page listener). I would call this a mystery/suspense with a Christian world view. This is my first book by Steven James but it will not be my last.
My first concern was that being targeted for a younger audience I may not enjoy it. After listening (and my wife) not a concern. Also don't worry about the ending leaving you hanging. I've not listened to the second book yet (but I plan too). But I didn't feel disappointed with a lot of loose ends. The only reason that I gave it a four instead of a five was the lack of spiritual depth with the characters. They were well developed otherwise and for most people this would not be a concern. You will enjoy it!
This story was well written from a Christian world view; that I believe will be enjoyed by anyone.
This was my first by Lawhead. It will not be my last. He is wonderful. His character development is among the best. His plots and story line hold your interest and suspense throughout the book. Above all it is a story of faith that anyone (believers and nonbelievers) will appreciate.
You will love the mystery and you will be surprised. Even if you are not a Christian you will enjoy seeing how these characters express their faith as they face overwhelming trials.
A friend of mine that read the Shack after my recommendation, said that she believed one of the reasons this book makes so many uncomfortable is that we are not accustom to being this close to God. I think she is right. You will love this book if you can accept the concept of "fiction" when talking about God. I don't agree with everything in the book, however I rarely agree with all of the other fictions I read, but I still can enjoy the message. And this book has a powerful message.
I feel that I have a greater understanding of the first century culture. I found myself caught up in the lives of the characters. They seemed so real even though their lifes were so different. Get this book and you will be inspired!
This was my first book to read (listen to) of John Ortberg. It is not the typical motivational book that seems to be so popular with Christian writers lately. He challenges us to look at some of our attitudes in light of eternity. If you want to grow I recommend you trying this one. BTW, it's nice to have the author read the book.
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