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.
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The Gate has an interesting premise and it does not disappoint. Schuyler Hunt, or Sky as his friends and family call him has had his vacation plans take an unexpected turn. Instead of a week off and a few days to get away with his wife, Sky was on his own when his wife and three adult daughters decided to turn the trip into a girls' shopping excursion in Chicago.
I personally can't imagine spending a week-end shopping, so I'm obviously of the same mind as Sky (and most likely a disappointment to my grandmother on that score!). Give me a good book any day over shopping and The Gift definitely fits the criteria.
When an online ad for an old inn catches his eye, Sky checks it out over his week-end off. What was merely curiosity is about to become a turning point in Sky's life. As various people from his past visit and reminisce with him they leave him bits of wisdom that will effect changes in how he sees and lives life.
The Gate reminds me of two movies that I've seen The Five People You Meet in Heaven and The Ultimate Gift. But The Gift is better in that you get to understand Sky - his thoughts, the decisions that shaped him into who he is today In short you discover who he is and how his decisions shaped his life. If you could interact face to face with God in a down to earth setting from your childhood would you choose to? This is what Sky has to decide - will he spend time with God and become more or will he return home trapped in his mediocre, ordinary, lukewarm Christian life.
Some of the insights that most resonated with me are: 1) that we all have ups and downs in our story, 2) time is an unrenewable resource, 3) answers take time and wisdom takes endurance, 4) don't waste your time trying to impress acquaintances focus this time instead on your family, 5) love and forgiveness are a choice, a choice that reflects your heart.
The Gift is a book that truly is a gift in that it speaks to the human heart, which we all have. It is never too late for any heart to be touched until God says it is too late and He gives us a lifetime to find it. This is a book that you will want to read again and to share with your family and friends. I would love to take a trip to Angel's Gate - the back door to God's country and The Gift will give you a glimpse into it.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review and my honest opinion.
Available April 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
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Review 2 for The Gate
A Wonderful Story Of Casting Off The Burdens Of Li
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."
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!
I received this book through Revell's Book Blogger Program, and was not required to give a positive review.
In this point of time can one really know what the future holds?
On a trip excursion with his wife Carol, and their two daughters, Sky sets off alone to explore. He happens upon a open house with a welcoming front door and a charming gate. He hesitates but decides to attend. Someone opens the door to welcome him whom he thinks is a real estate agent, but in reality the person was someone else indeed. A once in a lifetime encounter, or is it?
A journey of not expecting the unexpected. Sky's experiences could be lessons for us as well. A hard to put down novel from the beginning will cause the reader to ponder and think. Contains reminiscing, a bit of family history and great faith from some unforgettable personalities. Excellent character representations and formation they seem very real, storyline was easy to follow and contains well written shifts from the present to the past, plot contained no dull or dragging parts, and scenery was very descriptive and could be thought of as an actual place would make a fantastic movie! I was moved and entertained by this faith challenging and inspiring real. A novel that could be enjoyed by male and female and one that I will recommend to others. Well done first novel! I received a complimentary copy from Revell Publishing for this blog tour for my review.
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Review 7 for The Gate
A heavenly read
Date: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.