The Gate  -     By: Dann A. Stouten
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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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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Revell
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0800721098
ISBN-13: 9780800721091
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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.

Author Bio

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.

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  1. nicodemus
    Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    The Gate
    August 26, 2014
    nicodemus
    Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 2
    My immediate thought was, why would the author name it something so closely aligned with the popular, but non biblical book, "The Shack"? It started very much like a ripoff, albeit more Biblical and never reached far beyond that. I was underwhelmed and felt it was weak and boring.
  2. Joseph
    Rio Rancho, NM
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    An excellent surprise
    July 15, 2014
    Joseph
    Rio Rancho, NM
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When I bought this book I had never heard of the author, therefore I wasn't sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised. It's a very relaxing read. The book gave me a different perspective on seeing life, and it also made God and Jesus much more real to me. This book is such a blessing. I would highly recommend it to anyone. Tell the author to write another one!!
  3. Meandmygirls
    Ashland, KY
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Captivating Read
    April 22, 2014
    Meandmygirls
    Ashland, KY
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    What a captivating story! Love the side notes. I would encourage anyone contemplating reading this book to do so.
  4. Blooming with Books
    Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Gate is trip you don't want to miss!
    April 30, 2013
    Blooming with Books
    Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Gate

    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.
  5. VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Wonderful Story Of Casting Off The Burdens Of Li
    April 27, 2013
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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."
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