Ok, you take a look at the cover, and you see the hand in the middle of a raging sea. You might even wonder if this is "Hunt For Red October" for Christians. I wouldn't say so, even though there is death, terror, mayhem, and even a submarine involved in this! It is however, a closer look. A closer look at how we live our lives, and why. It a grim reality for those who might screw around with their salvation. It might actually encourage others to take Christ more seriously. And after what The Bible addresses, along with the message this delivers, you'd have to be screwed up not to at least acknowledge what's going on. There is a real Heaven, and there is a real Hell. There is a real Jesus Christ, and there is a real Satan. We're going SOMEPLACE after we die... Heaven or Hell. This also might encourage certain people (who certainly know who they are, I'VE been one at times) who use prayer and scripture as nothing more than a punch line to knock it off. You don't take God's word out of context, because Eternity isn't a game. King me, check mate, you sunk my battleship, that's fine on Earth, but not in regards to Christ, especially after He paid the ultimate price.
But we are taken aboard a ship, along with a father and a son. And what starts out as a thrilling tour, adventure, or whatever you signed up for... it turns into something a lot more serious. Alan Rockaway thinks he is a GREAT pastor. Hey, his congregation thinks he is a great pastor. His 2nd WIFE thinks he is nothing short of a great pastor. His son, Jeff? Well, you'll certainly learn more about Jeff if you choose to pick this up. Alan's first wife, Terri? Well, she prays. And in the midst of all turmoil, Alan's congregation is on the edge of their seats. Will their pastor finally see his great day in glory? They didn't expect that it would be such a short trip. Is this the end, or could it be the beginning? Just shut up, and let the Storyteller do his job. Once you crack this open, you'll WANT to experience the story, and the pages will flip rather quickly.
I was given this as a Christmas present because I enjoy Mark Andrew Olsen. Now I'd like to see what John Bevere has to offer as well. It is said in the end that the words of this were prayed over in light of God's word. After reading it, I believe it! And it wasn't something pushy either. At times it seemed down right simplistic! But stick with it. I can see why the spotlight reviewer wanted to give this 10 stars. This is another chance to examine your own life. And if you see something that needs fixing, then it is up to you. And it is also up to you to trust in God and the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ. Work like this deserves a warm embrace, and I'd offer it in a heartbeat!