I found this book riveting, fascinating and also, at times, nauseating. Particularly near the end of the book I had an acute awareness that I was reading the preparation manual for the coming of Anti-Christ. Of course, I am a fairly conservative Christian, and so, admittedly, these perceptions are colored by my perspective. To the extent that this author truly believes that God has purposively hidden Himself for the positive reason that man can grow up and, in a sense, be God and achieve god-like achievements to the extent of being able to "repair" (tikkun) the brokenness of the world, this author is deluded and full of hubris. The first step towards humility for man is to admit what he is UNABLE to do, then to place his trust in One who can. If God has hidden Himself, it is more likely that He has done so to test man...to see who will cling to Him in faith until He returns "to judge the quick and the dead", and to see who will conclude that "God is dead" and then set about to taking His place. It is ironic that much of this book draws from the work of Nietzche, a man who once wrote a book entitled "The Antichrist" and who I believe was one of the foundational prophets of the coming Anti-christ. On the other hand, Dostoevskey, an author who played out the Nietzchian themes to their ultimate conclusions in his novels (and ultimately, unlike Nietzche, solidly rejected them as from the pit of Hell) was a prophet for Christ and wielded the pen as a sword and cut Nietzche to pieces, at least in the eyes of those of us who follow the great Russian novelist. Reading the last chapter which talks about what man can do to repair the world, if you are spiritually sensitive, you may just get spiritual goose bumps and realize that you are reading something truly sick, truly delusional, truly Hubris-soaked, and truly a programme for the coming Anti-Christ. Read it and Weep!!!!!!!!!!!