I bought this book for my husband and myself to read, but instead gave it to my 13-year-old son who struggles with loneliness and depression. He is an exceptionally bright child with a genius IQ level, but fitting in with his peers is a challenge. Frequently, he prefers to hide in his room and read his physics books, study chemistry, and practice math all day long as opposed to getting out and socializing. It is a blessing to be so gifted, but often times children like my kiddo struggle with existential crises and sometimes wonder what the meaning of life is a little too much especially in today's pop culture. I share that only to express what a game changer reading this book has been for my son's mood. He began reading it 2 days ago and the first 100 pages he complained that it was repetitive. Then, yesterday that all changed and he couldn't put the book down. He started coming to me and hugging me and telling me he loved me, which was a surprise and a big deal for him especially at this age considering I'm "Mom"; but also because he has Aspie traits and has a thing about not wanting to be touched.
My son has 50 pages left to read, and he says he cannot wait to finish it. He wants more books like this. More importantly, my son seems...okay...and is learning to feel okay with life in a way I have not quite seen before. He is coming out of his room. He is talking more. It is a good response and much better than I expected.
A pastor who has the ability to make this big of an impression through a book on my skeptical kid deserves to be checked into. I look forward to reading the book myself, and if possible I will try to make an update. Suffice it to say for now, however, this book earns 5 stars for helping me to be a conduit of hope and love for my child.