Item description for Room of Marvels: A Story About Heaven That Heals the Heart (Platinum Fiction Series) by James Bryan Smith...
Tim Hudson has finally arrived at God's address---Tim is at the end of his rope.
The writer of Christian books, Tim has a beautiful family and good friends. But the last two years have brought him to a crisis of faith. Tim's best friend and kindred spirit Wayne, a famous Christian musician, was killed suddenly and tragically in an auto accident. "What a waste." Tim's mother, that faithful saint who had been his touchstone and a gentle guiding presence his whole life, is also taken from him suddenly. "Where do I turn for direction now?" And the hardest of all, Tim and his wife Rachel's two-year-old daughter, Madison, who had been born with severe physical challenges, is killed in a senseless medical accident. "God, even though she was broken, we still wanted to be with her."
Now Tim, the one who turns answers into best-sellers, is looking for answers himself. During a desperate retreat to a spiritual center to seek God, God sends Tim on a guided journey to a glimpse of the wonders that await him, and that his departed loved ones now share.
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Format: Large Print
Studio: Center Point Large Print
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Dec 31, 2007
Publisher Center Point Large Print
ISBN 1602850747 ISBN13 9781602850743
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More About James Bryan Smith
James Bryan Smith is assistant professor of practical theology and chaplain at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. Through his work with Richard Foster's Renovare organisation, James Bryan Smith is emerging as a spiritual leader for a new generation.
James Bryan Smith currently resides in Wichita, in the state of Kansas.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Room of Marvels: A Story About Heaven That Heals the Heart (Platinum Fiction Series)?
A Story of Healing Sep 22, 2008
Smith's book, Room of Marvels, provides a pathway to healing for those grieving. If you have ever wondered how God can be good in spite of personal tragedies, then this book is for you. This book was easy to read, yet profound in implication. I'm thankful for this book, as it has offered hope to me.
Make Room for Marvels Sep 18, 2008
"Room of Marvels" covers familiar territory in the vein of 'what happens to those we love?' That question is answered, but the suspense is more along the lines of 'what happens to faith in the face of overwhelming loss?' Diseased with self-loathing and repressed anger the hero's faith is wasting to a shadow. Revelation is the cure, of course, and it comes in traditional literary fashion. Despair is not what goads the catharsis, however. But it does open the lips, and we become the confessors.
Mitch Albom has made an industry out of the basic fears of death, loss and pursuit of a meaningful life. In the case of this author (James Bryan Smith) it's a far more personal and compelling case, since it is founded on his real-life losses - His own mother, daughter and best friend (the ever-venerated Christan musician, Rich Mullins.)
It's also firmly rooted in orthodox Christian theology, but this little book is decidedly un-theological in tone. It's really John Bunyan and Pilgrim's Progress more than Dante's Paradiso. It starts in a very accessible, modern, and plausible (if mildly exotic) setting, then transports us for the body of book to a mash-up of a place where important literary heroes, friends and family come brilliantly to life. These people become the archetypes for every Christian virtue.
Dialog is full of humor and never stiff, even if it seems like the self-revelations come without too much effort. In the end, we get more than a satisfying tale - we're left with the gift of HOPE.
Lovely, wonderful book Feb 8, 2008
This was a particularly enjoyable read for me because I am a huge fan of both Rich Mullins and C.S. Lewis. I also have a disabled daughter, which helps me relate to the author. But I have passed this book on to several people who don't share those interests, and they all loved it! I look forward to reading it again as I think there is much to be learned here.
This is one the BEST books I've read. Nov 30, 2007
I have ordered this book for Christmas gifts for at least 15 friends and family members.
I'm an avid reader (at least 1-2 books a week) and I usually forget about the books shortly after I've read them. This book is hard to forget. Weeks later I can still recall whole chapters. It has touched my life so much and I want to share it with as many people as possible. I highly recommend this book.
A journey toward healing Nov 5, 2007
I read (and lived) this book a couple of days after the death of a dear friend while on a personal retreat. In a retreat setting much like Tim's in the story, I discovered that God had much more for me than the grieving for my friend who I know is enjoying her own Room of Marvels. Through laughter, tears and gentle nudges in my spirit, I came to a new understanding of what it means to live in the Kingdom of God, of the transition from time into eternity and the conversation between the two that begins in this life. Hope, grace, forgiveness, joy and a new sense of what it means to be a follower of Jesus emerged as I followed Tim's journey of reconciliation and understanding to hope and joy. James Bryan Smith's writing is exquisite and inviting. This book is not to be missed.