Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Gate by Dann A. Stouten *Review

The Gate
By Dann A. Stouten
Pastor and author, Dann Stouten, offers an imaginative novel that explores the big questions we all have about what lies beyond this earthly life. Those hungry for a taste of heaven will find in The Gate hope, encouragement, and pure joy.

When an ad for a vacation cottage catches the eye of a man on the edge of burnout, he impulsively sets off to visit the property while his wife and daughters are away. When he arrives and is ushered through the gate, he finds something far different from the typical vacation retreat. In fact, it seems he may have found the back door to heaven. The proprietor and people from his past welcome him with food, rest, and conversation until what started out as a little escape from everyday life turns into an experience he will never forget.

My Thoughts:
This book soon reminded me of The Shack, yet not as psychological or deeply intense.. a relief in a way. Sky is a Christian Counselor and co owner of a used car shop with his brother. His children have pretty much left the nest and Sky is wondering what his place is now. Stressed and in need of a break he seeks to return to the cabin he remembers as a child. When he arrives it is much like he remembered but things are definitely different. He is greeted by an angel, and he meets God and Jesus while he is there. There are people brought in from his past, each with a lesson for him to learn. He gets to spend time with these people who have passed on, as if they were truly there. The first chapter is titled Lost.. a good word for how Sky is feeling at the time. He meets old friends and family in chapters titled, Encouragement, Priorities, Hope and More. Ending with the final chapter titled Communion. 
I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed seeing the things that Sky would learn from each person he met up with, so similar to people in our own lives. He was able to be introspective an at the same time fellowship with the creator on a very personal level.  

Dann A. Stouten is senior pastor of Community Reformed Church in Zeeland, Michigan, one of the fastest-growing churches on the West Michigan lakeshore. After a highly successful career in the auto industry, Dann returned to school and earned his DMin in narrative preaching. This is his first novel.

“Available April 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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