Sunday, May 29, 2005

The Ishbane Conspiracy

Once again, cousin Michelle and I were talking about Randy Alcorn. She mentioned that two more of her friends were going on and on about Safely Home. They both felt, as Michelle did, that it was the best, or one of the best, Christian books they had ever read.

Then she remarked on the depth of understanding of Chinese culture and the point of view of members of the underground home churches he would need to have in order to make the books so believable. I responded that somehow Alcorn had done the same thing with his insights into inner city black culture with Dominion. However, it didn’t occur to me until now that he also managed to write The Ishbane Conspiracy with real sensitivity to the teens and twenties suburbanites he portrays here.

There life is turned upside down and the Devil and his demons are looking for ways to exploit the weaknesses that arise out of the crisis. You will absolutely squirm in your seat if you are 16 years or older as you imagine yourself trying to deal with the circumstances these characters face. You will squirm even more if you are the parents of someone that age, knowing that your kids are dealing with these issues all the time.

I’m sorry to be such a non-critical critic, but its hard to imagine anyone not enjoying The Ishbane Conspiracy.

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