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The book really drew me in right from the start...but then, it got weird--really, really weird. Sorry, but my God is not a big black woman who loves to cook and laugh. I just couldn't force myself to get through this book fast enough. For some this book may border on blasphemy. I even skipped pages of dialogue. This book was definitely not for me!
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This book is about so much more than the gruesome details of how this little girl dies. The author deals with this subject tactfully and respectfully. All of a sudden I was reading along and the thought occurred to me that this book might be like a book I read (that really touched me) called â€śDinner with a Perfect Strangerâ€ť by David Gregory; but it was nothing like that book. That book was fun and light hearted. William Young takes you into the depths of Mackenzie's pain and has God shows up. God wants to heal Mackenzie from the inside out. Mack can't believe this is happening. Did he die and go to heaven? This can't be God he doesn't care about him or love him because he let his innocent daughter Missy be murdered. I don't want any part of this God he thinks. I don't know why he came?
I don't want to say too much detail about this book. I don't want to tarnish your experience. I don't want you to be swayed one way or the other on how God wants to use the message of this book to reveal Himself to you in a very unexpected and exhilarating way. But I do want to share this with you; a little glimpse inside this powerful book. The experience of this book is like listening to a song that touches your heart to the core and when it's all over there is no clapping just silence as everyone reflects on what just happened in their heart, soul and mind.
The glimpse : This is what Mack says to God â€ś I hate all this â€" this crying and blubbering like an idiot, all these tears,â€ť he moaned.
â€śOh child,â€ť spoke Papa tenderly. â€śDon't ever discount the wonder of your tears. They can be healing waters and a stream of joy. Sometimes they are the best words the heart can speak.â€ť
The Lord has His fingerprints inside this book for you to find and be transformed. This is not only a GREAT book; a must read; but an experience that will alter the way you look at life and God forever.
Book Club Servant Leader
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I hear this book in controversial. I don't know why. Unfortunately I have to say it fell into that smarmy Christian-lit category for me. At about the halfway mark my internal narrator switched to Sunday School voice and it never stopped. For a good read on all things theology spend your time with G.K. Chesterton (Orthodoxy) or C.S. Lewis (The Screwtape letters).