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The Gate by Dann A. Stouten

Title:  The Gate
Author:  Dann A. Stouten
Pages:  245
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Revell
                Have you ever wondered what heaven would be like?  I know I have, and this story gives us an idea of what it could be like.  The story is in the contemporary fiction genre.  The author has given his readers a very interesting story idea, and his manner of carrying forth that idea is very creative.
                Schuyler Hunt or Sky as he goes by now is a middle-age man whose three children have grown up and left home.  He operates his own Christian counseling service, but feels the stress of life weighing him down.  He is also under stress due to his relationship with his younger brother.  He needs a break and decides to possibly rent a cottage his parents used to rent when he was a boy.  He has such fond memories of the month he and his family spent in the cottage every summer.  He longs to recapture some of the feelings of that time in his life.  I can certainly relate to that.  How about you?
                When Sky arrives at the cottage, he meets several people from his past.  They come to him one at a time and some leave him with a message to carry back with him when he leaves while others encourage patience, endurance and no procrastinating.   At first Sky is puzzled and confused, but then decides to go with the flow and enjoy meeting people from his past who have gone to heaven before him.  While there, one of his former friends says, “When we stop doing what God made us to do, we sort of get swallowed up by the busyness of life, and then whatever goals, dreams, and aspirations we might have had can evaporate.  Our souls get trampled on by the lesser things of life.”
                I liked this book because it was so creative, and it made me feel like I was right there in the moment.  The story flows easily.  The word descriptions will make the reader able to see what the author is talking about in his/her own mind.  The details are vivid.  The scenery portrayed is idyllic and reminded me of many lazy summer days as a child.  I liked the down-to-earth characters of Josh and Ahbee, aka Jesus and God.  They were so approachable, friendly, caring and not intimidating.  Overall, a very interesting and captivating story that entertains.
                My rating is 4 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at
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