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There is very little action in and the bulk of the book is dialog.
The majority of the dialog occurs as the members of the Trinity communicate with Mack, though occasionally the author offers glimpses into their unique relationships with one another.
We have encountered books by a cast of characters ranging from Joshua Harris (I Kissed Dating Goodbye) and Randy Alcorn (The Treasure Principle) all the way to Joel Osteen (Your Best Life Now) and Bruce Wilkinson (The Prayer of Jabez).
Today we look at one of the bestselling Christian novels of all time and one of the very few books to receive the Diamond Award.
Four years before the story begins, Mack’s young daughter, Missy, was abducted during a family vacation.
Though her body was never found, the police did find evidence in an abandoned shack to prove that she had been brutally murdered by a notorious serial killer who preyed on young girls.
Young attended Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon where he earned a degree in religion.
As the story begins, Mack, who has been living in the shadow of his Great Sadness, receives a note from God (known in this story as Papa).
Papa invites Mack to return to this shack for a time together.
Though uncertain of what to expect, Mack visits the scene of the crime and there experiences a weekend-long encounter with God, or, more properly, with the Godhead.
Each of the members of the Trinity is present and each appears in bodily form.
Shortly after his graduation he married his wife, Kim, and began seminary training while also working at a church.