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The Chasm: A Journey to the Edge of Life

The Chasm: A Journey to the Edge of Life

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A Journey He Couldn’t Miss… and a Step He Couldn’t TakeHe 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 grasped…and so much more seems unattainable.   Driven by a yearning he doesn’t understand, compelled toward a destination he can’t quite see, the traveler navigates the inhospitable landscape with determination and a flicker of something like hope—despite 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. It’s 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 I’ve ever dared hope?
A Journey He Couldn’t Miss… and a Step He Couldn’t TakeHe 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 grasped…and so much more seems unattainable.   Driven by a yearning he doesn’t understand, compelled toward a destination he can’t quite see, the traveler navigates the inhospitable landscape with determination and a flicker of something like hope—despite 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. It’s 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 I’ve ever dared hope?

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Publish date: Feb 8, 2011
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sfm13 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
This book is a part of Alcorn's novel Edge of Eternity. I listened to it on audio, and have never read Randy Alcorn, so I can't compare with other writings by this author. I can compare it to Pilgrim's ProgressNick Seagraves reminded me of a modern Christian (main character in PP). The book begins with Nick longing to reach the other side of a chasm and enter Charis “city of light.” We learn of trials he faces, and become involved with him as he battles temptations and an extremely ugly beast. Christian in Pilgrim's Progress seeks a similar destination, while struggling with the same sort of demons. Nick meets a woodsman, who represents Jesus Christ. He sees sacrifices made by this man and seeks atonement for his sins. In the end, the story encourages us to learn to live and love others by the example of the woodsman. … And Nick does find his way to Charis, I'll leave you to read how for yourself.
whiteknight50 reviewed this
Rated 2/5
Truth is, I really struggled with this short little book. You'd think that 109 pages is doable in no time at all. But I just could not get into it. I finally finished it this morning, and this morning is the first time I felt any real interest in this book. I am really not sure why, but this just did not do it for me. I usually like allegories, so it surprises me that this book left me so cold. However, I did finally get into the groove, this morning, while exercising on the eliptical machine. I finally got to the point where Nick Seagraves, the main character, really gets to the point of understanding what Christ offers, and this section almost made up for the rest of the book. The messages are good, and I even learned a bit different way of looking at things, so the time spent struggling was perhaps still valuable. However, when compared to 'Hinds Feet on High Places" or "The Pilgrim's Progress" there just wasn't a lot here. I did appreciate the opportunity to read this little book. I love most of Randy Alcorns' books, so this was an anomaly for me. I think it may be that I felt the condensed nature of this book (summarizing Edge of Eternity, which I had not yet read). At any rate, for whatever reason, this book just did not play well for me.
heidip_38 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
The Chasm by Randy Alcorn is a shortened version of his book Edge of Eternity. It is an allegory of Christianity, salvation, and the spiritual battle that rages all around us-- unseen. This book would be good to give as a gift to others who are unfamiliar or who do not understand the gospel story. This is actually quite a short book, so it would be a good book for people who don't read a huge amount. There are 12 original illustrations in the book that make me think this would be great as a graphic novel. For long-time Christians, you would not be surprised at all by the plot. I liked it, and several parts made me think. However, I think I would prefer the longer book with the allegory set as part of a man's life. There are not many Christian allegories written today, so it was a good change of pace.
sporrestories reviewed this
Rated 4/5
The Chasm is an allegorical story about a man who is taking a journey to a shining city. The story takes you through part of his journey -- how he first saw the city, the different paths he chose and what happens to him along the way. The climax of the book is his arrival at the Chasm and the events that surround the crossing. I understood the allegory to be representative of a Christian's journey through life, similar to John Bunyan's "Pilgrim Progress". I thought the story seemed a little rushed (although this is probably because I could hardly help comparing it to Pilgrim's Progress as I read). Another reason this might be the case is that later I saw that this book (short and quick reading) is actually adapted from part of one of Alcorn's novels -- "Edge of Eternity". In my opinion it also lacks some of the theological depth that Bunyan's work includes, and that left me feeling disappointed. [However, the book includes a thought-provoking study guide for each chapter that I did not use. it may have helped me realize more of the meaning of the spiritual truths being presented had I read more slowly and studied the questions after each chapter.]That having been said, I really do think the book is a vivid picture to help us understand what happens as a sinner searches for the Savior. It reminds us that spiritual warfare is real. It shows sin as destructive and appalling. I especially appreciated the way Alcorn reveals the enemy as deceitful, masquarading as a friend. And most importantly it gives a graphic illustration of what Christ's sacrifice was all about that is sure to stir you from your comfort zone and remind you of God's grace and mercy. The book is small and compact, hardcover, and even includes illustrations. It seems like a great gift for someone who is struggling to understand sin and the Savior. For someone who has been a Christian for some time, it is a fresh reminder of the wretchedness of mankind, and the glorious gift of salvation.
ashleywintters reviewed this
Rated 3/5
It honestly took me a while to get into this book. Nick is a man wonder the road between two worlds and along the way finds out a lot about himself and life. He, along with his family, is shown his life of sin and his indiscretions. He is thrown into a battle and this is just his journey to the 'shining city'. The book is about Nick and his journey but it is to inspire us to ask questions of ourselves. I also didn't realize it is basically a condensed versions of another of Alcorn's books until the end. I think if I'd read the earlier book and then 'The Chasm' it wouldn't have felt like I'd jumped into the middle of something and I would have gotten into it quicker. The book does pose some stimulating questions and if you are in the mood for a philosophical book, this is it.I rate this a 3/5. Short thought provoking read, but you have to get into it first.Thank you to Librarything for the review copy of this book. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.
sherylhendrix reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Excellent quick read, an allegory to be read by new Christians and those teetering on the edge of making the choice to accept God's gracious offer of redemption through Jesus Christ.
hvljbacm reviewed this
As I am more of a "big picture" sort of person, I think I would enjoy the book "Edge of Eternity" from which this book is taken. Though Alcorn's writing pulls you in with vivid descriptions and gripping, emotional scenes, I felt a little overwhelmed by being thrown into the story in this short version. I certainly wanted to know more about Nick's story and I was convicted on many levels as I experienced his fears and failures, but I personally was looking for more resolution, which I'm sure I'd find in the original story. It was nice that it was such a quick read and very appropriate for the Lent season. I also like the fact that a discussion question section was included in the book.
rjabpab reviewed this
Rated 4/5
I really like Randy Alcorn as an author. He makes spiritual truths clear in both his fiction and non-fiction books. The Chasm is adapted from an earlier work "The Edge of Eternity".
alanbethcam_1 reviewed this
I loved this book. I hated this book. It was . . . distressing. Randy Alcorn's contrast between man's selfishness and God's grace won't soon leave your mind. I think he has taken every metaphor ever used to describe Christ's work, combined them all, and added some new ones. The scene where Nick tried to get rid of the nails he'd used to harm the Woodsman but kept finding his pockets full again truly impacted me. When he gets mad at the Woodsman for not "letting" him help rang true to human nature. This definitely wasn't a fluffy book. It gets under your skin and sticks with you.
libraryclerk reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Randy continues with Nick Seagrave (from Edge of Eternity) in his other worldly descriptions of what Nicks journey is in his walk to find the City of Light.

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