The Gate is trip you don't want to miss!
By Dann A. Stouten
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.
April 30, 2013
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."
April 27, 2013
Sky didnÃ¢ÂÂt have a clue what he was getting into when he went through that gate. He thought he was checking out a lovely little vacation cottage.
When he arrived, he had a lot of questions. During his visit he received a lot of answers - some to questions he didnÃ¢ÂÂt even know he had.
While there, Sky received a bonus in the form of a parade of vintage cars. What a treat for a former used car dealer.
Time on the other side of the gate prepared Sky to deal with a major problem back home.
I want to go through that gate.
I also want to read more books by Dann A. Stouten. This may have been his first book, but I certainly hope itÃ¢ÂÂs not his last.
April 24, 2013
A good decent story. About forgiveness and redemption.
April 21, 2013