Also, what is it like to live your life before God naked and unashamed, armed only with an honest heart that seeks to question everything, including your own faith/religion/spirituality/belief system and/or the doctrines/teachings propagated by the institutional church?
If you have ever pondered the above questions, then you may be able to relate to the story in this novel, “SNAP“, in some ways. Wherever you might be at your journey in life, you may find some aspects of your own struggles or experiences with doubts being reflected in the characters of the story. I know I have.
On the whole, I find the novel thought-provoking as it invites the readers to consider whether one’s love for theology or church vision (or whatever conceptual idol it may be) is more important than one’s relationship with oneself and with other people. As mentioned in the book, “friendship – the sharing of our hearts with others – is a divine act. It’s what brings heaven to earth. It’s the vehicle through which our faith in God can truly shine.”
I have also noted that the novel endeavours to push the envelope of the concept of God’s grace by posing bold questions in the story, whether implicitly or explicitly, such as:
- Can grace ever be limited by the theologies or doctrines of so-called authorities such as pastors or preachers or institutional churches?
- Can God/Love ever be contained within the confines of Christianity?
- Is it possible to know and experience God/Love without having to believe in a particular version of Jesus or the Bible?
- Is God Love that is inclusive and unconditional or is God a mean, vengeful and violent “Shame Monster”?
- Are we more gracious and compassionate than the God we profess to believe in?
These, to me, are some of the questions one needs to deal with honestly in order to live an authentic life, without being dependent on the outward structure of organised religion or the system of the world that is based on rivalry, competition and sectarianism, and it is commendable of Mick Mooney to invite readers to explore such searching questions through the story in his novel.
- Original Innocence (supernaturalgospel.wordpress.com)