I can't tell you how many times I've been asked that. I think at least ten. Once, even this morning. I suppose it's because I make no secret of my desire for good Christian literature - and given that, it would totally make sense that I read a slightly sci-fi, Christian book that just happens to have hit #1 on the New York Times Best Seller List.
But, still I resisted. It sounded a little depressing to me. I think there was another reason I was reluctant - I think it's because now that I've read it, I won't be able to stop telling others about it.
To say a particular book is your favorite is like picking a child to be your favorite - it just feels wrong. But, when it comes down to one book that I would most want people to read and grasp (beyond the Bible) - this would be it. Yes, it impacted me that much.
So, I implore you - if you haven't heard about the book, go to the website, and if you have heard about it, head to Costco or any place that sells books and pick it up. If it has already been given to you, find a time to read it. It's not a book you can sit casually with by the pool - it's one to be absorbed- and grappled with. And perhaps, re-read. And, then, discussed - and shared. It's hard not to be impacted and let others know.
If my review sounds over the top, I agree. I'm generally the one who always under-exaggerates so people's expectations aren't too high (I leave the hyperboles to John!). So, just know, I really was THAT impressed. And now I'll be the one asking everyone, "Have you read THE SHACK?"