This is literary fiction at it's best. It's plots and subplots are only surpassed by the in depth character studies and descriptions of places, people, and action. The importance of God, his mercy, grace, and redeeming power are paramount to the story, and the telling of it. The message that God's strength is made perfect in our weakness comes through loud and clear. This book deals with the reality that all of us have garbage in our lives - in other words, come short of God's perfection - and need God's mercy and grace.