Last week, my wonderful friend Stephanie from Mama Still Wears Gucci, posted about a book she had read and that affected her deeply. She was so impressed with this book that she decided to buy copies for some of her blogger friends that showed an interest. At first I was hesitant to say, "Me me me!" because let's face it, I could go out and buy my own book. But this seemed really important to Stephanie for whatever reason, so I gave her my address and soon received my copy of the book.
I don't consider myself a religious person, but more a very spiritual one, who believes fully in God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. I don't read the bible, and I rarely attend church, being the lapsed Catholic that I am. I try not to feel guilty about it because I feel my faith is strong and that I don't necessarily need to be part of a religious sect to be a good person and have God as a strong force in my life.
This book, although fiction, made me feel better about floundering a bit religiously. The story is about a man named Mack who has lived a great tragedy that leads him to question God's role in his life. It's hard to say more without completely spoiling the story, but there's really so much more I'd love to say about this book! Let me just say that this is not a holy roller type book in any way. It's just a beautiful story that truly makes you think about your own relationship with God, no matter what denomination you are. It leads you to think about forgiveness and how it can truly free you of hate and allow love in its place. It makes you realize that as humans, God doesn't expect us to be perfect because the only perfect human being was Jesus, and he gave up his life in order for us to have the freedom to make mistakes and still be forgiven.
But again, this story truly isn't about religion, but about Mack's experience when faced with the chance to meet with God personally and ask those many intriguing questions I think we all have. Fiction? Yes. Powerful? Yes. It's one of those books that grabs your attention right away and makes you fall in love with the characters, which in this case are very lovable indeed.
Go pick up a copy. I promise you, you won't regret it!