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Room of Marvels [Paperback]

By James Bryan Smith (Author)
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Pages   154
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 31, 2004
Publisher   Broadman And Holman
ISBN  0805427848  
EAN  9780805427844  

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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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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Enjoyed It  Jan 16, 2007
I thought the book was very well written and thought provoking. It is, however, very similar to Mitch Albom's book The Five People You Meet in Heaven. Not sure which I liked better. Having read both, it is interesting to see how the different authors view heaven.
Room of Marvels  Nov 7, 2006
Excellent, uplifting, inspiring. Great for those grieving over the loss of a loved one or just wanting a glimps of what may be in eternity.
A Must Read  Nov 22, 2004
James Smith writes this book for anyone who is sturggling with the death of a beloved. It takes what could be a difficult concept and presents it in an incredibly familiar venue, a dream. He shows that everything in life happens for a purpose and when we get out of our own way and allow God to be in charge, there is no end to what we can comprehend, accept, and move past. For those who are slow learners, he gives more than one example in the dream of how we start slowly and build on upon our understanding until we finally get it.
Comfort  Sep 21, 2004
My 44 year old brother died 3 months ago after 5 years of turmoil. This book helped me with anger at my brother, fear for my brother, and my own disappointment with myself. It was a gift that I will give others.
Smith's small novel is the work of a big mind  Jun 6, 2004
Several readers and reviewers have already compared James Bryan Smith's ROOM OF MARVELS to Dante's DIVINA COMMEDIA and C.S. Lewis's THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS, for, like those two great thinkers and writers, Smith has attempted to give a view of Heaven less significant for its literal truth and more so for its metaphorical richness. His protagonist Tim Hudson "has finally arrived at God's address," we're told --- in other words, he's in despair. His beloved and physically challenged toddler daughter has died in a "senseless medical accident" and his closest friend in Christ, a musician, has been killed in an auto accident. Tim has thus found his way to "God's address" in time-honored fashion, through human agony.

Tim is blessed enough and resourceful enough not to wind up staring at the bottom of an empty glass, or worse. Instead, he signs up for a week-long silent retreat at an Episcopal monastery in Massachusetts. When he checks in, he finds he has been assigned a spiritual director --- much to his chagrin. The lean Brother Taylor, sporting sweats and running shoes beneath his habit, rankles Tim, who thinks he can solve his problems by himself, as long as he has some time and space to think about them.

But Brother Taylor not only quickly finds Tim's weakest spots --- he finds a place in Tim's subconscious, too. For one night Tim goes to bed and has a dream different from any other, in which multiple figures (from his imagination, his education and his background) lead him to places of great beauty, meaning and spirituality. A shadowy lion evokes Lewis's Aslan, from The Chronicles of Narnia; Lewis himself (here known by his earthly moniker of "Jack") brings Tim to a new level ... and so on, and so forth. A long-lost relative appears, as does his dead mother --- all of which sounds very kitschy and schtick-y.

Yet it's not. Smith, who is Chaplain and Assistant Professor of Theology at Wichita's Friends University, has crafted a deceptively simple and psychologically clever read about the things --- thing, really --- that matter most to Christian faith. Those devoted to denominational dogma and humdrum should check their baggage at Tim's bedside since, like the pre-Protestant Dante Alighieri and the confirmed Anglican Clive Staples Lewis, Smith also cares more about the Christ-centered than the church-centered. Every object, character and sensation Tim encounters during his lucid dream revolves around love: love given, taken, rejected, fulfilled.

Smith's small novel is the work of a big mind. If the comparisons to Dante and Lewis are a bit overblown on the literary front, they may not be on the theological front. There are many sincere Christians who believe that "apologetics" is wrong-minded, either as a defense of a faith (its common definition) or as over-intellectualization of what should come to us from the Holy Spirit. But in the hands of a mature Christian, when apologetics shows one fine person's struggle from the depths of despair back to firm knowledge of God's abiding presence and love --- well, it's a marvelous thing indeed.

--- Reviewed by Bethanne Kelly Patrick


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