Wednesday, April 6, 2011

A Well Written Allegory

The Chasm: A Journey to the Edge of LifeOverview:

The Chasm by Randy Alcorn tells the story of Nick Seagrave. Nick is a traveler on the paths of life—only his life story is told through allegory. You experience epic battles, struggles, and vivid pictures of what our average life looks like in a less than average land. Along his journey Nick reflects on the good and bad times he has had in his life. He also meets many different travelers, some of them good for him and others not so much. Nick encounters a picture of Christ in the woodsman and a picture of the devil in the tempter Joshua. Will he ever get across the Chasm?

From the first pages you are drawn into Nick’s story. It’s important to know that The Chasm is a partner story to Alcorn’s Edge of Eternity. So if the book leaves you wanting to know more about Nick Seagrave you can find the information you seek there. The Chasm deals specifically in Nick’s journey to cross the chasm that separates travelers from the city of Charis. The story is extremely well written. It’s hard to put down and pretty fast paced. The book is only 110 pages long but it is truly action packed. The Chasm is written in an allegorical style so there are obvious allusions and comparisons between characters in the book and important Christian figures like the devil and Jesus. The allegory is easy to follow which is a blessing. I recommend this book to readers ninth grade and above. It will be a journey that’s hard to forget.

This book was provided to me by Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing at no cost for review purposes.

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  1. I have never read any of Randy Alcorn's fiction, but I have really benefited from some his other writings. Thanks for the review!

  2. Another great post. I’ve listed you here: on my list of great spiritual blogs.

  3. Thanks for the compliments. I really appreciate it. Also thanks for putting me on your lens.