Pastor’s Book Shelf: Deadline by Chris Crutcher

Listed as a work of Teen Fiction, "Deadline" is a heavy hitter and an excellent read at any age.  The main character, Ben Wolf, is an average, rural, 18-year-old guy starting his Senior year. He has a plan for college, a desire to do well in school, and a dream girl to chase. This is until it all comes crashing down when he is diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer making this not only his last year of high school but likely his last year in general. When he decides to keep his illness a secret, even from his parents, and go out in a blaze of glory. Everything goes well until he learns that keeping secrets isn't easy especially when you learn that everyone has one.

This book was a quick read, but powerful. Ben's story is a real-life story that looks at death and accomplishment from the perspective of an American teenager.  Along the way, Ben deals with true to life situations that face modern youth, including a quest to not die a virgin. That being said this text deals with deep spiritual moments including conversations with a Jesus figure in his dreams and Grace. This story is a conversation starter that I would recommend for older teens and adults of all ages.  You can pick up a copy at the link below, and if you pick it up let me know what you think.

            Grace Sufficient,

                        Pastor Paul