Uncharted by Angela Hunt.
Susanne at Living to Tell the Story makes me read. Don't get me wrong; I like reading. I was a literature major. But life just seems so busy that I hardly have time except in the evenings, and then I get sleepy the instant I begin to read. Maybe that's because I mostly read nonfiction, spiritual growth types of books. [Insert yawn.] Maybe all I need is a lot of suspense and the occasional gag refex to kick in while I'm reading.
Anyway, Susanne reviewed this book and made me want to read it, so I did, within 48 hours of acquiring it, very unusual for me.
The back-of-the-book blurb quotes Publishers Weekly: " ... A blend of the movies Cast Away 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." (That's so funny because I was just thinking of whipping up a book of my own that inspires someone to invoke C.S. Lewis's name in my blurb!) [Uh, that is a joke about my less than stellar ... nevermind.]
I can't say much about the plot because I'll give away too much. But I recommend this book because the themes and images have stayed with me, causing me to reflect on my own spiritual state, especially regarding denial and deceit. Hmmm.
And then, as if to reinforce certain themes, Cast Away was on last night, and I watched it through for the first time. It has disturbed me in many of the same ways, but I also think it's one of the best movies I've ever seen as far as engaging me at deep levels.
Therefore, Uncharted pairerd with Cast Away may have done more to spark self-assessment than the most popular personal growth book out there. It provided some "Come to Jesus Moments," as they say, and for that, I am grateful.
Finally, I recounted the plot to my three teenagers and husband over dinner at Applebees, and they were listening raptly and holding eye contact as if I were sharing the secret to getting more money out of me, thereby providing further proof that you should read this book.