Monday, April 11, 2011

The Chasm by Randy Alcorn

I just finished reading The Chasm by Randy Alcorn. It is an allegorical tale similar to Pilgrim's Progress or Hinds Feet On High Places. The book begins with a man, Nick, looking across a great chasm towards a place of mystery, Charis. The mere sight of Charis elicits a yearning within him to understand what it is. Is it a place of opression or enlightenment. Everyone he meets on his journey seems to hold their own ideas as to what lies inside this great city in the distance. Throughout his journey, Nick comes face to face with his own sin and his yearning for Truth. Finally he meets the Woodsman, who explains what the chasm is and how it can be crossed. This is a fairly easy read - a little over 100 pages. The back of the book also contains discussion questions for each of the chapters. I'll be recommending this for my next book club because it's a book I'd love to read again, and mull over it a bit more. I did enjoy the book, but although I'd clasify it as an "easy read" for length, it is also a deep book that could make some readers very uncomfortable with it's spiritual content. For me however, it's a keeper! Note: I received this book for free from Waterbook Multnomah Blogging for Books program, in exchange for my honest review.

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