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The proprietor--along with a number of unexpected and yet familiar guests--welcomes him with food, rest, and conversation, until what started out as an escape from everyday life turns into something much, much more . . .
"There is a real world all around us. We taste and feel it every day. There is also another world where God dwells and those who have gone before us live with Jesus. Dann Stouten helps us discover that these two places intersect more than we often notice. If we pay close attention, we just might see, smell, and learn to taste the goodness of a world beyond this one."--Kevin Harney, author of Reckless Faith
Posted April 21, 2013
What a profound, page turning read. It pulls your attention right from the start. Who wouldn't want the chance that was given to Schuyler Hunt. Of course, like him, I would have to be convinced to leave.
Loved the play on names here....Paradise Reality with Agent Michael DeAngelo. We are experiencing answers, and in a most wonderful way. This tale makes you think...Satan is not God's equal...he never was, he was the same as Michael the Archangel...of course!!
Another thought that I picked up on and agree with is Life on Earth is Preschool for Eternity. Well said.
If you don't read another book this year, this one will stay with you for the rest of your life. A total must read for a Christian. Love it!
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Posted April 27, 2013
Dann A. Stouten in his new book, "The Gate" published by Revell takes us into the life of Schuyler Hunt.
From the back cover: Every life is a story. Schuyler Hunt is about to come face-to-face with the author of his.
When a planned getaway with his wife turns into a shopping trip for the girls, Schuyler Hunt finds himself looking for something else to do. An ad for a vacation cottage catches his eye, and he sets off in search of a much-needed break. When he arrives, he finds something far different from the typical summer home experience. In fact, he may have found a little slice of heaven.
The proprietor-along with a number of unexpected and yet familiar guests-welcomes him with food, rest, and conversation, until what started out as an escape from everyday life turns into something much, much more . . .
"The Gate" is an allegory. Earlier in my life I hated allegories because I couldn't figure them out. Dann Stouten has made this allegory easy so he took all the stress away. The ad for Paradise Realty reads, "Angel's Gate - the back door to God's country", and the realtor is Michael DeAngelo. That should give you some idea of what is to come. Each chapter is a topic that is discussed between Schuyler and the guests that come and visit him for the week that he is at the cabin. Schuyler tells us at the beginning that things can layer up on you, like putting rocks in your knapsack. The first rock you can handle but after a while they begin to weigh you down and other people notice. That is the point of this book. It is about the choices we make and how they can pile up on us and can crush us if we don't allow God to come and help empty our knapsack. "The Gate" is a lot of fun and relaxing as well. Sit back in your favorite chair, have an iced tea handy and read and enjoy this book allowing God to talk to you. You'll be glad you did.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
"Available April 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group."
Posted April 19, 2013
Christian Counselor Sky Hunt is stressed and needs to get away. While reading the paper one day he sees an ad for a cabin rental where the "view is heavenly". While his family heads off on a shopping getaway he goes to the cabin. It isn't the same though, this time an angel greets him and he begins an amazing journey!
Similar to THE SHACK this book is an enjoyable read, Sky talks with people from his past who have died, he meets Jesus, and more. Each person has a life lesson for him. Well written, fun, you'll definitely feel good after reading it.
I received an ecopy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Posted August 8, 2014
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