Room of Marvels: A Novel
In one tragic blow after another, accomplished Christian writer Tim Hudson lost his mother, his close friend, and his two-year-old daughter. Now he’s on the brink of losing his faith.
Room of Marvels takes readers on a silent spiritual retreat with Tim where he is swept up in a dream vision of heaven and given a guided tour by those he has lost. Reminiscent of the C. S. Le...more
This book makes you ...more
It is hard not to compare this with the Shack. Although this was written 3 years earlier and it is focused on the joy of seeing people in heaven and the higher purposes of God, not on a ...more
I think James Bryant Smith did an exceptional job at n ...more
Obwohl er seine Kraft bislang immer aus seiner Religion schöpfen konnte, zweifelt er nun alles an, an das er immer geglaubt hat.
Würde Gott es zulassen, d ...more
James Bryan Smith has written the best book on grief! His understanding after living beyond multiple intimate friends and loved ones crossing over is marvelous. I did not know what the synopsis of this book was when I downloaded from "Inspired Reads'" website. I just knew that it had a high rating. Mr. Smith has taken the time to fully develop a believable circumstance based loosely on his experiences and weaved together a tale that helps one through the grieving process.
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I found myself enjoying the ride, however, as a Christian who has suffered loss, I felt a little cheated. Belief and faith are such an important part of religion, that if you need proof to believe...well...then it isn't really ...more
yes, I agree that after losing my mom, the world has just felt all wrong. I had never heard anyone else say it quite like I feel it. and yes, I know she is much better off with God. doesn't stop me from missing her just as much after 12 years, tho.
Although the book is fiction, the author tells a story of what loses he has faced in the past 18 months and how alone and forsaken he felt, and that God had left him. He puts his life on pause and takes some time to reflect, grieve, and find spiritual answers to his aloneness. Th ...more
"Do you think you could love yourself for [Jesus'] sake? ch 5
"There is more grace than you can imagine." ch 12
"...souvenirs of your love, of the things you did for other people, great or small." ch 14
"I lost my faith in the church. I let their hypocrisy ruin my love for the church...The church is not a club for saints; it's a fellowship of sinners." ch 15
"Don't underestimate the power of kindness."
If you’re looking for another book that explores grief, such as The Shack , try Room of Marvels . Although the book is fictional, it parallels the author’s real-life experiences.
This book is about a man's journey of healing that takes place in Heaven, or at least on the "edges" of Heaven. He's not there to stay yet, just there because of things God needed to teach him. I enjoyed it. Quick, easy read that allowed God to minister to some places in my own heart that needed it.
A founding member of Richard J. Foster's spiritual renewal ministry, R ...more