I thought this book was amazing, and I recommend it to anyone who desires to be challenged out of the "American Evangelical Box." He states in the very beginning that it is not a theological work and it is fiction - there you have it. It's fiction - just one man's journey of processing intense, extreme pain in his life, seeking God's role in the equation of it, and trying to deal with the vast reality of it. It was great. I agree that it stretched my thinking in asking the question, "Can (or will) God come to us using any medium or form to get at our hearts?" - Many people have been drawn to God through the strangest of circumstances. And it is consistent with Paul saying in I Corinthians, "I become all things to all men so that some might be won." Of course, his visions of God were very unorthodox, but I like people who challenge the standard - Jesus was the first to do this - and he was very respectful, not undermining the Bible at all, as some accuse him of. Even the main character admitted that the vision of God was wild. Yet God responded that He needed to come to him in a radical form that he would accept. God was saying in effect, "I need to reveal myself to you in a new and different way so you can see Who I really am." Does that undermine the Holy, consuming fire of God? I don't think so - He came to moses as a burning bush. C.S. Lewis is famous for approaching the mysteries of the spiritual realm in creative ways - no one has a problem with The Great Divorce or Screwtape Letters - and they were both very unorthodox at that time, yet also extremely poignant and thought-provoking. The author is very compassionate and has a deep connection with pain, or else he would not have been able to write some of what he did in such a profound way.So, I would say read it! Enjoy it! Don't over think it!
I had read the book and decided to get on cd. It was even better, through the tears and just wanting to renew my own relationship with the Lord. It touched my heart. I am going to order some more to just pass out for family and friends to read and or listen to.