Saturday, April 20, 2013
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.
This imaginative novel explores the big questions we all have about what lies beyond this earthly life. Readers hungry for a taste of heaven will find in The Gate hope, encouragement, and pure joy.
A man steps out of time and experiences a period of introspection as he seeks guidance from deceased people from his past as well as God and the Savior. Reminiscent of The Shack, without the deep grittiness, The Gate is a modern-day parable. Readers are required to explore the content and meaning of each encounter. A slow-paced, descriptive narrative based on recollections, I found The Gate to read more like a non-fiction devotional then a story. The author has a degree in narrative preaching and it does shine here but left me feeling as if I'd just read a sermon as opposed to a work of fiction.