The Gate

The Gate 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 th

  • Title: The Gate
  • Author: Dann A. Stouten
  • ISBN: 9780800721091
  • Page: 128
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 froWhen 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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    1. Heaven is a very real place As believers, we have the hope and faith of believing that when this life ends, our eternal one ends Dann A Stouten in his debut novel shares one such experience of Schuyler Hunt, who takes a journey one afternoon while his wife and daughters head out for a all girls shopping trip to inquire about a cottage for sale This cottage reminds him of the one from his childhood and might just be the perfect thing to consider making a purchase on to help his own family share i [...]

    2. Title The GateAuthor Dann A StoutenPages 245Year 2013Publisher 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 [...]

    3. Story Description Baker Publishing Group April 1, 2013 Trade Paperback ISBN 978 0 8007 2109 1When 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, r [...]

    4. The Gate is a treasure for the mind and creates imagery that takes you to another place I typically don t enjoy stories like this but Stouten has converted me with his magnificent exploration into life beyond death.Schuyler Hunt goes away for a restful weekend by himself to a cottage that he visited as a child Memories engulf him as he makes the trip but what awaits him is not at all what he expected His hosts seem familiar yet strange at the same time When he sees someone from his past that is [...]

    5. Schuyler Hunt had planned a trip for him and his wife until it turned into a girl s weekend Now Schuyler is left wondering what to do with his free time Schuyler sees an ad on the internet for a cottage called Angel s Gate in God s county Schuyler thinks this might be the perfect place to retire in so that their grandchildren can visit Schuyler decides to take a look at the cottage while the girls are off to play Once at Angel s Gate Schuyler will get an life changing event Right away when you r [...]

    6. 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 thinkSatan is not God s equalhe never was, he was the same as Michael the Archangelof course Another thought that I picked up on and agree with is Li [...]

    7. When Sky arrives at the cottage, one he didn t book, he is met with several people from his past to guide him during his stay at the cottage.He gets a glimpse into heaven This book has been compared to The Shack, which it is clearly not I read The Shack and hated it for many reasons This book is than any thing William P Young could even think to write Dann writes a book that is definitely ministering and comforting.He has a great way with words and imagery.I highly recommend this book

    8. How bad is this book Very bad It is, at best, a cheap, B grade rip off of The Shack At worst it s a trite piece of work imagine John Bunyon s famous Pilgrims Progress except 100 times worse Now you have The Gate It is littered with bad theology, contrived characters, a myopic plot, and sad, religious cliches Not worth the 15 I spent Ultimately, I found it unsatisfying to say the least.

    9. Don t know what to do with this book I ve read the first one and a half chapters, and while I m sure it has lots of good things to say, I predict half of the book will story and half preaching The lesson my be good, but I bore easily I guess I ll stick it on my virtual shelf and maybe come back to it when I have patience.

    10. Dann Stouten is a great story teller I didn t want to put this one down.

    11. In the authors acknowledgments her writes I want to thank Kevin Harney for being my friend, for believing in my writing and for badgering people in the publishing world into giving the book a second look I can see why the publishing world needed badgering, as this book is very poorly written, so flawed I found myself getting angry at a book that I had hoped to read as a spiritual read Some chapters hold so many topics I feel they greatly lacked focus I could not finish this book, life is too sho [...]

    12. 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 [...]

    13. The GateBy Dann A StoutenThe 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 [...]

    14. I absolutely hated The Shack, and found it to be heretical and it dragged God down to a level He should not be dragged down to, not to mention the cursing in the book Therefore, I am always leery of reading a book that is compared to that book, but so far have liked the books that are compared to it This book was said to be reminiscent of The Shack, so I almost passed on it, but decided to give it a try It is a little similar to The Shack, and possibly to The Five People You Meet In Heaven, whic [...]

    15. 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 [...]

    16. This book soon reminded me of The Shack, yet not as psychological or deeply intense a relief in a way Sky is a Christian Counselor and co owner of a used car shop with his brother His children have pretty much left the nest and Sky is wondering what his place is now Stressed and in need of a break he seeks to return to the cabin he remembers as a child When he arrives it is much like he remembered but things are definitely different He is greeted by an angel, and he meets God and Jesus while he [...]

    17. This is an encouraging, eye opening story Schuyler Hunt decides to check out a vacation cottage he saw advertised while his wife and daughters go on a shopping trip The place feels strangely familiar and he discovers that he s found a little piece of heaven Through the owners and some visitors from his past, he ll reflect on where he s been and learn some life lessons for the journey ahead.This is an interesting story about a Christian man who thinks he has it all together, but finds that he may [...]

    18. During a personal retreat while his wife and daughters are away, Schuyler Hunt finds than he was looking for When he stumbles into a cottage after his car gets stuck in the mud, Schuyler is invited in as if he was expected This book makes its readers think about what heaven will be like and experience God in a fuller way.Although sometimes heavy handed, the writing in this book is very descriptive and peaceful Some parts of the plot do not seem realistic, especially when Schuyler realizes that [...]

    19. 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 Each person has a life lesson for him Well written, fun, you [...]

    20. Great Book A much needed change from all the nonfiction that I ve read lately It reminded me of The Shack Dan s passion for auto sales comes out right away in the book, but continuing on he shared a beautiful perspective of heaven and in every chapter included tidbits of wisdom on what s really important in this life Because I know the author I found it a little distracting to separate fact from fiction as he wove real people from his life into the story It doesn t have a strong story line, but [...]

    21. I really loved this story It almost gives you an imaginative feeling of what heaven might be like While reading The Gate I found myself wishing that I could experience this same thing that Schuyler was experiencing.Who knows, perhaps these types of inns cottages really do exist in our world but we just haven t found them yet The Gate may just give you some possible answers as to what might go on after we leave this world This was a real feel good story This is a great read and will really leave [...]

    22. IntermediateGirl book NoGood read aloud ProbablyReluctant reader NoQuestionable material NoFavorite quotes God never promised that life would be fair He just promised to be there when it wasn t Much of the pain and suffering in our world is the result of poor choices Notes Not too much plot feels slow and forced to read very devotional and Christian, but good messages several monologues

    23. I cannot find the words to describe what this book meant for me I didnt want it to end All I can say is this book is a life changer I know I will read this again and again For those on the fence of Christian not Christian, do not pass up this book.

    24. An excellent book, reminding me of The Shack It kept me reading, and there was lots to learn, and gives me peace as someone whom has lost three very important people in my life in the past few years.I would definitely recommend this book And will be looking for other books by this author.

    25. A great reminder why we are here on earth and what we should be doing.

    26. Reminded me too much of The Shack It is written by a West Michigan author and so many local spots were referenced in the book.


    27. Got redundant and boring at the end Too much of the same.

    28. Absolutely wonderful Sky takes a weekend trip which turns out to be a little taste of heaven Best Christian fiction book I ve ever read.

    29. LOVED it Wow It gave me so much to think about, and so much hope Many things I want to write down and remember and revisit.

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