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by Randy Alcorn
395 pages, Contemporary
Reviewed by Lady Meriwen

Exciting and insightful!

Plot

Ben Fielding is a savvy business executive living the American dream. Li Quan is a poor Chinese citizen trying to live for God. When these former college roommates are thrown together drastic consequences ensue. They're both forced to examine their beliefs, their actions, and the reality of a spiritual realm.

Morality

Evil and good are shown for what they are. The descriptions of human evil are realistic, almost harsh at times, but the goodness of God is shown in shining contrast.

Spiritual Content

Randy Alcorn's theology is excellent. The reality of Heaven is portrayed in an amazing manner, and old truths are presented in a fresh and intriguing way. Alcorn's insight into the Chinese and American cultures is penetrative and eye-opening.

Violence

Beatings are mentioned, but not too graphically. The description of a character's stay in a primitive prison could be a bit disturbing.

Drug and Alcohol Content

One of the main characters drinks regularly, and he does get drunk on one occasion.

Sexual Content

Forced sterility is mentioned. When a main character gets drunk at a hotel, a woman acts suggestively towards him but it doesn't go any further than that.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

There may be a couple crude words, but I don't remember any specific ones.

Conclusion

This book accurately portrays the sinfulness of our world today, but the evil is shown in proper proportions. Each page breathes hope; we are constantly given glimpses of the Master Plan unfolding around us. Not only is it a theological masterpiece, but it's a believable and thrilling story.

Fun Score: 4.5
Values Score: 5
Written for Age: 13+

Review Rating:

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