Book Review: Chasm

The Chasm is the most recent book by noted author, Randy Alcorn. It is adapted from Alcorn’s novel Edge of Eternity, though it is not necessary to have read that work in order to appreciate this one.

In this brief allegory, the author takes us into the mind and experience of Nick Seagrave as he attempts to find the path to the city of Charis. Through the spiritual and the physical, from the glaringly real to the disjointedly dreamlike experiences, we follow Nick on his quest for fulfillment through pleasure and philosophy. It’s a surreal world where all is not as it seems, and seemingly no one can be trusted.

There is much to like in The Chasm. The story flows well and can be read easily in one (longer) sitting. With shades of the allegorical reminiscent of Bunyan and Lewis, this book will especially appeal to those who enjoy this literary style. Alcorn is able to find the delicate balance between allegory that is annoyingly overt and incomprehensibly ambiguous. With skilled writing and sound theology, the story addresses issues such as lust, post-modernism, and pluralism.

This book is an enjoyable read and will provide an excellent conversation-starter for believers and unbelievers alike.

*I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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