Synopsis: When Pete first set eyes on the Man, he's convinced he's an axe murderer. But at the revival meeting, Pete discovers the Man is actually a savior of souls, and Pete has been waiting all his life to be saved.
It's not something Pete's parents can understand. Certainly his best friend, Rufus, an avowed atheist, doesn't understand. But Pete knows he can't imagine life without the Man. So when the Man invited Pete to join him on his mission, how can Pete say no - even if it means leaving behind everything he's ever loved?
Review: I didn't know what to expect when I read this book - certainly not as much about a young boy's journey to God as I found. It was an interesting look at how someone with a deep desire for God lives with people he loves, but who do not share the same desire. Pete has to navigate that, learn forgiveness, learn acceptance and learn the dark night of the soul. In all, I recommend this book to any Christian, mostly because I'm interested in what they would say about the view of God put forth in this work.
Bookmarks: 7.5 of 10
Awards: Newbery Honor, 1987
Date Finished: 8-16-2011