Jack is just your ordinary "guy next door"---but when he's killed in a freak accident he embarks on an extraordinary journey toward God's judgment. Along the way, he meets several people who help him understand life's meaning---and the importance of grace. A great conversation-starter for evangelism and book groups! 176 pages, 5" x 7" hardcover from Multnomah.
In this evangelistic book, Bolin follows a fiction-meets-nonfiction approach to lead readers to a surprising encounter with Jesus as they ponder the reality of heaven and how to get there.
Bolin (Life Unlimited) takes a leap of faith in designing this unusual hybrid
book. The first half, a sort of mediocre homage to the bestseller The Five
People You Meet in Heaven, is a fictional tale of a man who dies tragically in
a freak accident and faces the afterlife. In calculated fashion, Bolin sets
the stage for six stilted characters who each receive their own chapters:
Millie, the wheelchair-bound Christian; Alexis, the once-abused bitter lawyer;
the Professor, the nameless intellectual who cries out to God; Elliot, the
millionaire searching for life's meaning; Jack, the skeptic and primary
character whose marriage is failing; and Nate, the thief on the cross who
cried out for mercy as Jesus was being crucified. In succession, these
individuals look into the past and offer an abbreviated discourse about why
they do or don't believe in God. Bolin then spends the remainder of the book
recounting an interview with a Hollywood representative in which Bolin
explains the theology behind his fictional story. As Bolin eagerly attempts to
evangelize his captive, nonbelieving Hollywood guest into a relationship with
Christ, much of the conversation comes across as scripted and contrived.
Sadly, Bolin's sketches are plodding at best and dreadfully sappy at worst.
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