Apr 9, 2013

The Gate by Dann A. Stouten

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 . . .

“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

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.

Schuyler Hunt embarks on a road trip to check out a remote cabin for sale, and his life is forever changed. One by one, he encounters a collection of people in the cabin, many from his own family, but all who have left their earthly home and now live in heaven.

Each of these people from Schuyler's past have words of wisdom to share with him. All combined, these gems could easily become life-changing inspiration to increase one's faith and improve their personal relationships. Other key characters in this story are the Trinity - The Father (Ahbee), The Son (Josh), and The Holy Spirit (Rae).

Part fiction and largely inspirational/motivational, this book was very enjoyable. Parts of it challenged me to look at my own relationship with God and with others.

Disclosure: Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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