Saturday, March 5, 2011

Book Review: The Chasm by Randy Alcorn

"The Chasm" is a parable about humanity's separation from and desperate need for God. The story takes place in a world where spiritual realities take the form of physical manifestations. The main character Nick Seagrave has been plunged into this world after a broken past as a result of his betrayal of the people he loves most. In this world he knows he's on a journey, and there are many guides offering suggestions about what he's searching for most. But he soon discovers what he wants most is a city in the distance called Charis where a great King lives. But on his journey there he finds a deep and haunting Chasm that no man can cross.

The Chasm is a perfect illustration for what it means to be "dead in our transgressions and sins" (Eph 2:1)." Humanity has betrayed God, and there's nothing we can do to fix it. It's created a chasm between us and God that will only destroy us in our attempts to cross it by our own efforts. A deep longing for God and for his dwelling place exists in everyone, but, as Alcorn has illustrated, we can do nothing to undo what we've created.

Alcorn's story captures the need of every person for the One we've betrayed to create a way back to him. And that way comes at great sacrifice to him because someone has to pay for what we've done if he's not going to make us do it.

Alcorn did a great job of showing the antagonism the human heart often feels against God for "blaming" us for the chasm, as well as the dissatisfaction people feel in their pursuit of everything but God.

Several incredible drawings were included throughout the story to give us a visual of what the main character is experiencing.

I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants to really understand what our sin has done, but even more what Christ has done to undo what we've done.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review

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