I think I’m going through a phase. This is a 2002 Gold Medallion Award winner! And I thought it was pure crap! There was nothing but bad writing and the bold promise “This stunning page-turner will convict the hearts of readers to live in the light of eternity” failed to deliver.
I’m not sure I disliked it so much due to the fact that it’s a “shove religion down your throat” type of book or due to the fact that it was a little fiction followed by a lot of non-fiction report on the Christian persecution in China.
Yes, I’ve seen the movies before, yes I know it’s a thing, no, I’m not interested in donating any more money for causes like this.
This book is about two men who were roommates and friends in college but now are two worlds apart and haven’t been in-touch for twenty years. When their paths finally cross once again they realise that they are two worlds apart (spiritually speaking). As the story unfolds you find your self face-to-face with the persecuted church of China and the amazing love (to a sickening point) of a born-again Christian.
Who this book is for: Spiritual people who need a bit of guidance and want to feel their life change in a meaningful way after reading one book. People who go to Church a lot and the first thing they ask other people is “Are you a Christian?”. Missionaries. People who include Jesus in everything they do, even in their daily sentences (like Lord Jesus this and Lord Jesus that). People who like seeing actual Bible quotes in their books. Full on Bible Quotes. People who like a book that promotes a direct correlation between suffering and righteousness… I could go on.
Who this book is not for: agnostics, atheists or other faiths.
Basically you have Ben – a corporate businessman (Ben Fielding), and his former Harvard college roommate, Quan. Both men became Christians during their college years, but the ramifications of that decision were different for them. As Ben climbed the corporate ladder, his faith waned and became dormant. Quan, on the other hand, returned to China and found his faith severely tried when he was barred from using his coveted Harvard degree because of his profession of Christianity. His faith was vibrant in direct proportion to his persecutions.
When Ben arranges a visit with his old friend in China, he is shocked to find that Quan is forced to be a lowly locksmith— totally barred from exercising his brilliant scholarship. He witnesses the joys of Quan’s very humble home life, his pride in workmanship, and the fervour of belief in the underground church. He also witnesses Quan’s arrest and from the sidelines sees the torture and ultimate martyrdom of his friend.
Ben returns home shaken, a changed man. He is able to redirect his energies and his corporate influence in such a way as to call attention to human rights violations. He is able to extricate his company from using political slaves in their factories.
1/5 (writing was awful too)