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128 pages
Feb 2011
Multnomah Books

The Chasm: A Journey to the Edge of Life

by Randy Alcorn

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The Chasm by Randy Alcorn is an allegory about the road to salvation. One day Nick Seagrave, a normal guy, finds himself in an alternate reality -- or is it reality? He has to reach the City of Light, but there is a giant chasm separating him from it. Readers empathize with Nick as he goes through many plights common to us all in his journey.

The Chasm is a fast-paced and easy story to read. The book is driven by the plot rather than by the character and the relationships he forms; it is a narrative of Nickís thoughts, but the lessons come from his decisions and actions. Right after the character representing Jesus gives his life, the most powerful part in the book is when he explains why he died for Nick. It shows the sacrifice of God in a new light.

Nick Seagrave wants to get to the City of Light, but doesnít know how to get there because of the vast chasm that separates him from the city. Many paths lead to the city, but Nick isnít sure which one to follow because they all look promising. After choosing the wrong path and getting injured along the way, Nick finally finds the right path.

Nickís personality is not developed in depth. His past is mentioned, but the majority of the story is about Nick facing problems and learning to deal with hate, love, envy, loss, anger, and other human emotions and challenges. There are a handful of secondary characters, but none who are prominent; they are used more as devices to help Nick find the right path.

The Chasm has a satisfying finish. Although it is not the equivalent of such allegorical classics as Pilgrimís Progress or Vanity Fair, it will cause readers to have moments of self-examination. The Chasm is a readable book for all ages and for seekers as well as seasoned Christians. Ė Ben Schmitt,

Book Jacket:

He found himself a traveler in the strangest of lands. Where invisible secrets come starkly into sight. Where the fairest of companions leads the way into unsuspected danger and darkness. Where hidden battles burst into the open. Where so much is graspedÖand so much more seems unattainable.
††† Driven by a yearning he doesnít understand, compelled toward a destination he canít quite see, the traveler navigates the inhospitable landscape with determination and a flicker of something like hopeódespite the obstacles that seem to unerringly block his path.
††† Best-selling novelist Randy Alcorn weaves a supernatural interplay of wills and motives, lusts and longings, love and sacrifice. Itís a potent mix that leaves every reader wondering: Do I really understand this world I live in? Do I really understand myself? Is there more to all this than Iíve ever dared hope?