Safely Home by Randy Alcorn, my thoughts. (and yes there are going to be some spoilers, sorry, I can’t help it)
I joined a book club. Yeah, you would think as much as I love to read I’d belong to at least three and have been for years. Nope. I belong to one. And have been going for about two months. It’s a lovely small group with some ladies from church (and old friend of mine actually convinced me to go) and I am so glad I did.
For the record, before anyone gets “offended”. Yes, this is a work of fiction written by a Christian. Yes, I am also Christian. No, I am not going to force my beliefs down your throat just because I am. Okay, we good now?
So, the book is set mostly in China, where a VP of a large corporation has been sent to look up his old Harvard roommate, who is Chinese, live with him, immerse himself in the local culture, all in the idea of improving their holdings in China. He assumed his old roomie was a college professor like he wanted to be, and would be living a typical “middle class” life. Yeah…. not so much. The book takes us on the journey of Ben and Li Quan as Ben finds his way back to his Christian roots and Quan is a persecuted Christian who is eventually arrested and then unfortunately killed in prison.
All in all I liked the book. If you have issue with people getting beaten in prison, or mistreated in any manner, there are parts you are going to need to “skim”. But, it was a real eye opener. It really made me think about “being content with what I have.” Meaning, stop going for the bigger, better, faster, more or “keeping up with the Jones'”. Learn to love what you have, and be content there, once you figure that out, more will come along eventually.
So, I give it 4 out of 5, just because it gets slightly difficult to follow at times, occasionally repetitive on certain ideas, and the descriptions of the time in prison.