From the best-selling author of The Awakening comes a riveting story of six college companions who meet at a friend's funeral. Honoring his memory by granting his last request, they embark on a journey at sea---landing on an island as mysterious as their own spiritual and emotional struggles! Who will survive---and how? 320 pages, hardcover from WestBow.
Format: Hardcover Number of Pages: 320 Vendor: Thomas Nelson Publication Date: 2006 Dimensions: 9.25 X 6.12 X .81 (inches)
ISBN: 0849944848 ISBN-13: 9780849944840 UPC: 023755023087 Availability: In Stock
"Im beginning to think the island wants to keep us here."
It was supposed to be an adventure. A little time off to honor the memory of a friend and complete a service project in the tropics. Do good deeds while getting a tan.
But when a storm rocks their plans, five long-time friends from college find themselves hurled onto a desolate island, and relief fades to fear. Here nature rules with a vengenance. The lone shelter from raw conditions is a sinister cave. Are they victims of a bizarre psychological experiment? Or could this godforsaken place have the power to maroon them forever?
Hunt, the author of more than 70 books, departs from her usual fare with this
competent, if spooky, faith-based novel. The plot line is a blend of the
movies Castaway and The Big Chill, with a touch of the television series Lost,
creatively thrown together with the biblical story of the beggar Lazarus and
C.S. Lewis's The Great Divorce. Six college pals gather for the funeral of
their friend and end up being "guilted" by the widow into taking a trip
halfway across the world to help build a Christian school. When a shipwreck
leaves them washed up on a deserted island, they discover everything is not as
it seems: all of their inner sins and crimes are literally on display. As the
story unfolds, some readers may be turned off by a truly gruesome serial
killer, although it helps Hunt make her ultimate point. Hunt excels at
reminding Christian readers that God judges petty sins the same as heinous
ones, and that being a "good person" outwardly often hides an interior life
that is far from pure. Her theology of hell will be a good discussion point
for book groups (a guide is included). General market readers, however, may
find the serious faith themes more than they want to contemplate. (July)
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