"Our quirks make us who we are...Without them, we're boring.
Hide your quirks and you're a Volvo."
-Josh James Riebock  
Rare is the book that I pick up and read on an impulse. Typically I research, read reviews and download sample chapters because there's so many good books on my waiting list, so much of a time commitment.

So, it was out of my character to grab this book off the shelf and my local Barnes & Noble. Sometimes things work out well this way.

Give me grace, because I don't like to write reviews. And I don't like writing reviews for one simple reason: I'm not a critic. 

I'd rather create than criticize, build rather than destroy. So I'll just say this: I loved this book.

What drew me to this book is simple. I'm drawn to the contradictions we see in life. Where life lies in tension between two truths. The dazzling truths that lie in the balance. And that's what this book is about. 

While it is an spiritual memoir, it's an honest one. One that doesn't shy away from truths that are considered ugly. Looking full on at the Hero that lies inside of a man as well as the Monster. All the while God soaks into the cracks drawing His beloved.  A God that isn't controlling or needy. A God that isn't insecure. A patient God that knows the truth, that He will win His love in the end. A God that's not blind to all that is wrong in his creation, but is patient and loving enough to wait for us. A God that is for some reason named Jack.

This is a brilliant move by the author, although others may decry this as irreverent. Renaming God as Jack it makes us think of someone we could actually have a relationship with. Someone that's interested in our lives, not a far off nameless deity. 

Also my grandfather who would tell me stories and taught me the love of story telling was named Jack.

Why I love this book can be summed up in this one paragraph from the first chapter:

"Then Jack tells me that this world is actually two worlds combined, one world of everything
I hope for and the other world of nothing I want. This world, Jack says, is the merging of wonder and horror, of twisted and beautiful, comedy and tragedy, a place where both exist and mingle every day. He says that this world is part heaven and part hell, and that every second, inside of me and out, I'm standing at the convergence of the two, at the corner of damned and devine."
9/17/2012 08:29:07 am

Interesting. Another of your favorites - the great CS Lewis went by Jack

9/20/2012 05:27:43 am

Yes indeed! Also my favorite nephew!

9/18/2012 12:44:16 am

This looks like an interesting book. I'll need to check it out. You did a great job with your review despite not liking to write them. Thanks for stopping by my blog today.

9/20/2012 05:28:49 am

Thanks Eileen! and you got it, us bloggers gotta stick together.

9/19/2012 01:09:15 pm

This is especially applicable to me right now. Getting through school is excruciating for me. I can not WAIT to be done.

9/20/2012 05:29:43 am

Keep beasting through brother! How much long do you have?

11/14/2012 01:30:11 am

I came close to picking this book up, but was afraid it would be a let down like so many Christian books I read.
Thanks for renewing my faith in this book.

David Helms
11/14/2012 11:33:46 am

I really enjoyed it. I hope you will too. I enjoy the author that takes chances.


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