Room of Marvels
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
No one can love a mask because you aren't real.
You never saw me until now.
Oh yes I did. Not often but now and again. Your mask came off a few times on Earth. It was then in those moments when you told me your fears and dreams, that I saw the real you. It was then Tim that I loved our real friendship the most.
When we are willing to be honest about our weakness, honest about our fears, our needs, our helplessness to save and cleanse and untangle ourselves from the webs ...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
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 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
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.
After lo ...more
"You can't return to those days of innocence, but you can see the world through different eyes."
"When my car crashed, it didn't end. That is not where my life ended. That is where it began. Remember the night you heard about my death?"
"But it is ...more
The protagonist's "dream journey" paralleled my own recovery from alcoholism and self-centered living in many ways -- that too has been a spiritual journey of miraculous proportions.
I have no difficulty believing Room of Marvels cou ...more
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
While I will admit I enjoyed this book, there were moments when I questioned the authors story. I was caught off guard by the message he was trying to impart and the methods God used to reshape the main characters life. When it was all said and done, it left me with much to think about. I would recommend it as long as the reader is patient and doesn't get ahead of the story!
"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."
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.
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.
A founding member of Richard J. Foster's spiritual renewal ministry, R ...more
"It's a mystery, Daddy. You won't be able to understand it all till you get here and see all of the rooms and one-inch pictures. But this you can trust: God is always good.”
polished to brilliance by life's strongest storms.' That is why, Daddy. That is why I was born.”