My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed Alcorn’s book The Treasure Principle, so I thought I’d give his fiction a try. This is his first novel and it stayed on the bestseller lists for 36 months.

The story is interesting enough. It wasn’t exactly gripping, but it held my attention throughout, which is rare for a novel.

The point of the book is to present the biblical truth on various pro-life issues. The arguments are sound, but probably not very persuasive to anyone who isn’t already pro-live. And the conversion of people in the book struck me as unrealistically easy.

I also thought the depictions of heaven and hell were predictable. Not as imaginative as I would hope for in a novel. And lots of telling without showing. For example, we’re told heaven is a place of discovery, but the discovery process is not dramatized. It’s just stated as it would be in a nonfiction book.

I enjoyed the story and appreciate the message, but I doubt it will change many minds.