Following on from Harry Potter, the da Vinci Code and the Malcolm Gladwell canon I've succumbed to the pressure not to be the only person in the Christian world who hasn't read The Shack.
For those who haven't noticed, it is a best-seller. The story is of a family who have a daughter disappear. There is evidence of murder but no body. Some years later her father receives an invitation in the post to go back to the shack where the evidence was found. In this context the author - William P. Young - discusses the nature of God and evil.
It is a Dan Brown type page turner but as badly written. It has some unsplit infinitives. It grinds the creationist axe, talking of a lake 'formed, some say, by glaciers nine million years ago.' It contains the sum total of all the glib evangelical pratitudes (not a misprint) on the nature of evil without ever getting to grips with nature red in tooth and bloody in claw. The ending sucks. According to the web-site it has helped millions.
Where tragedy confronts eternity, apparently. I don't want my three hours back. I'm glad I read it. We should talk about it. I can't start here without plot-spoiling so I think I'll allow plot-spoiling in the comments box. If you haven't read it, don't read the comments.