Monday, April 27, 2009

From Kalyn-Book Review

Edge of Eternity

“The dark commander marched on, gloating and energized when he saw his enemy stop. As he came at me, my spirit felt trapped in frozen flesh. In what I assumed would be my final seconds of life, I became strangely contemplative about this ancient war I had witnessed for the first time.
The conflicting missions of the two armies seemed to have no fog, no gray, only black and white clarity. I had lived my life in terms of compromise, rule bending, trade offs, concessions, bar gaining, striking deals, finding middle ground. In these two great armies, there was no such thing. Good was good, and evil was evil, and they shared no common ground.
Though racked with pain, my thoughts were lucid and focused. I looked at the little people oblivious to the battle, who seemed to fancy themselves neutral and at peace, making choices so as to maintain dual citizenship in the two warring kingdoms. I was shocked at their ignorance and indifference to the gravity of this ferocious war. Above all, I was shocked that I had been just like them, blind to reality.”
Chapter 7, Edge of Eternity

Edge of Eternity is written by Randy Alcorn, who I respect very much as a writer. He was a pastor for fourteen years and the founder of Eternal Perspective Ministries.
This book captures our fears and doubts in everyday life. We journey along side Nick Seagrave, a soldier who served in Vietnam, married, and has two children. There is just one problem with his life; he has everything materially and is missing everything spiritually. Our story begins with Nick about to through his life away when suddenly everything he is familiar with and everything he knew is thrown out the door. Nick has a choice to make; to follow Gods road or to follow his own. He relives some of his past and sees the consequences of his mistakes. He learns such truths as this ones, “ There is no such thing as a private moment,’ Shad whispered. ‘The whole cosmos is our audience for everything we do in the dark.’”

We see how it truly was our sins that placed Jesus on the cross and drove the nails into his body. Nick literally has the opportunity to drive the nails into the Woodsmans (Jesus) feet. He fights between loving this man and blaming the Woodsman for all the mistakes Nick made in his own life. He seeks to lay blame upon the Woodsman to make it all His fault. But he is also constantly fighting the truth of his mistakes in his own heart.
“The great foot trembled, as if in a spasm, but did not move away from me. For a fleeting moment I wondered why I was punishing the Woodsman for what the beast had done, for what I had done, for what others had done to me. But in the next moment it all seemed perfectly logical. It felt so good to be in control, to determine my own destiny, to choose to do something with my hands, something that made a difference. I was in charge, the Woodsman was at my mercy-and I showed him none.
Another great drop of saltwater fell from above, hitting the bleeding foot and splashing off on me, stinging my eyes. I cursed, then wiped my eyes, blinked hard, grabbed another nail, and started pounding making up for lost time, drawing more blood. The more I swung the hammer the easier it became, the more automatic. Blood of the innocent, shed at my whim and convenience. It wasn’t the first time, I thought, then immediately pushed back nagging memories to the dark corners of my mind. No-what I’d done and what I was doing were reasonable and just. And besides, everyone else was doing it.”
Chapter 10, Edge of Eternity

Will Nick learned to trust the Woodsman? Will you?

I challenge you to read this book and discover the amazing story written within. It is a deep thought provoking book; it will challenge you to look at you life and to place all you trust in our Heavenly Father.

“Come and deliver us,” I heard aliens and strangers and pilgrims cry from the red road. “Take us Home!”
Chapter 23, Edge of Eternity


  1. 1st time by here. You have such a beautiful family! Awesome. I look forward to reading more about what God is doing in your lives!

  2. We have that book on CD! It's really good!

  3. Hey girl! I'm sorry I haven't posted in a while! I can't wait to read this book! I just ordered your last book review, As we Forgive. I can't wait to get it! I also love Randy Acorn - I will try to get to this one. I have to finish my research books on Sensory Integration too.
    I get to come to Colorado next weekend! My nephew is getting married at Red Rocks! Hopefully it wont snow!!!

  4. I am about ready to start the last book you recommended... and now I have to go back to the book store for another one... problem with book stores... I can't walk out with just one book. So, if you have any other recommendations (especially for summer reading) email me before I go!! Thanks Kalyn! You are so wonderful, so smart and so beautiful! Christie wants to read them too, so it's a double whammy for us!


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