I have heard of this book in passing for awhile now. I have even heard some of the controversy surrounding it, but I did not pay much attention to it except to know that it is out there.
With my vacation time in MN (which was wonderful by the way, but I'll write about that later), I thought I would check it out from the library.
If you have read some of my previous posts, you will have read that I have been struggling trying to figure out what to do with my kids and broaching the whole church situation.
This book just affirmed for me everything I have been seeking in a relationship with God and what I want to teach my children about God.
If you have the chance to only read one book, please read this book.
I am sure that not everything is completely "with scripture" as the critics claim, but I say if you get hung up on this issue, then you have entirely missed the point, and then, you should read it again. On my soap box a little bit with this (as I believe I can be as this is a personal blog), I challenge what discrepancies you do find to Biblical teachings a) this is a fictional book, not the Bible b) I don't think this is any more out there than the Purpose Driven Life or any other christian cult favorites. Who gets to decide what gets the "dove" stamp of approval?? c) Are we so sure that this couldn't be more accurate than what is traditionally taught in church? We are not God, therefore we can in no way imagine or teach God in all of His nature, as by design, we don't understand it.
This book made me cry, laugh, and yearn to have a relationship with God. I hope it does the same for you.