A Fine White Dust by Cynthia Rylant (Paperback)
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How much do you have to give up to find yourself? When Pete first sets eyes on the Man, he's convinced he's an axe murderer. But at the revival meeting, Pete discovers that the Man is actually a savior of souls, and Pete has been waiting all his life to be saved.
It's not something Pete's parents can understand. Certainly his best friend, Rufus, an avowed atheist, doesn't understand. But Pete knows he can't imagine life without the Man. So when the Man invites Pete to join him on his mission, how can Pete say no - even if it means leaving behind everything he's ever loved?