Do you remember when you first met God? Was it in Sunday School? A children’s Bible? Biblical coloring pages? We get older. We grow up. We develop our own ideas about who God is. We theologically theorize the who’s, whens, wheres, and whys of all that God is and could be. After all, we’re adults now. What if we had it right the first time? What if God is the old man in the sky, watching over us like a loving Father?
Abigail is a new arrival in heaven. She didn’t come up through the Welcome Station, she came up “another way.” She’s getting used to the wings and the halo but she seems…disappointed. So God decides to take her on a road trip and Jesus comes along for the ride.
Pack up all the questions you’ve had over the years. Pack your sense of humor and your kleenex and your favorite road tunes. You get to come along, too.
“Imagine The Shack on an extended mushroom trip a la Walt Disney’s Fantasia and you have Steve Case’s latest hardboiled faith-and-doubt novel, Until I Needed the Song. You’ll be greeted by flannel-graph Father-God, sardonic Jesus, a redheaded angel girl and more erstwhile saints that you can shake a stick at. But don’t expect to remain ironically detached in this story—the sincerity in these pages sneaks up to you. It might very well be that God plays dice with the universe, and all is right in his/her heaven.” —Mike Morrell, Co-Founder of the Wild Goose Fest
If a story gets you emotionally involved (a rarity for Christian books), then the story must make you relate to the characters and the world they live in. Considering the characters in this book are Jesus and God, and the world is Heaven, that is indeed an impressive achievement. This is a tale that fills with Hope, and makes me glad to be a Christian. —Andy Mackay AKA: thechurchsofa.co.uk