Archive for February, 2011

Chasm by Randy Alcorn

February 22, 2011

I just finished reading the book Chasm by randy Alcorn. I first want to open up by saying I have really enjoyed his other books that he wrote. I have about several others and I have enjoyed each of them, but this book I had a really hard time with. I am not sure I was expecting something different or if it was just written different. I could not really understand or get into the characters. There was just so many different characters and people coming and going at first. I respect and enjoy what he tried to do with the story (parallel to Jesus), but I feel like I have read better ways to describe it. I kept thinking the way CS Lewis describes it in “Lion Witch and Wardrobe” and how much more I enjoyed that. I would not say it was a complete waste, because there were a few things in there that I enjoyed reading. I liked toward the ending how he was able to talk to the Woodsman. I liked this comment from the Woodsman, “At moments Charis will seem close to you; sometimes it will seem impossibly far. But as you walk the red road, at every day’s end you’ll be one day closer to Charis. One day closer to me. One day closer to home.” I really enjoyed that thought.

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Sun Stand Still Book review

February 7, 2011

I just got done reading this book and I will have to say that I am mostly excited about it. I was not the best book I have ever read but the main point of the book has really challenged my thinking. Before I picked up this book to read, I have been reading through the book of Joshua. I have been challenged by the stories in that book, but I must have skipped (or not paid too much attention) the story of Joshua declaring the sun to stand still so they can beat the army. What a great and challenging story. The thought of believing in that kind of miracle is amazing.

One of the ideas in the book that he had that I really like is. “when you get down to it, you’re not the one holding onto Him, He is the one holding on to you.” I love that thought. That we need to remember that God is stronger and bigger than us. That In the midst of me trying to contain and control Him, that I am actually not letting Him be himself. That when times get tough, that I am not just clinging to Him, but He is holding me. Great thought from the book.

The book really did have some really good challenging nuggets in it but I seemed to get distracted while reading it lot. Even though it had great points, I just thought it took a little while to get to them. That is the only negative I have.

I recommend this book to anyone who wants to be challenged in their faith and who wants help believing in the bigger things. God is the God of miracles. Read this book and be challenged in your walk.