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The Gate Seldom Found Paperback – March 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 631 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (March 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736913696
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736913690
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #897,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I enjoyed your book immensely! It was very imaginatively done, with an ending that was unexpected and surprising." -- Keith Carter, South Carolina

"I laughed, cried, and thanked God for the biblical insights woven through the text and the experiences of the characters." -- Ian Knight, Ontario

"The farther I read, the more amazed I became at the depth and scope of the book!" -- Marion Kingman, Washington --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Raymond Reid has been meeting in a home church for most of his life. A professing Christian, he offers the completed novel with the conviction that it speaks of genuine faith freshly and honestly felt. His grandparents were profoundly involved in the house church movement as early as 1906, giving him many opportunities to meet and respect the itinerant preachers of whom he writes. As a boy he often sat wide-eyed across the breakfast table regaled by anecdotes of their rich and colourful experiences. In later years, the author noted the similarity between their stories and those of the house church movement founded in China by Watchman Nee early in the 1900s.

The author has lived his entire 53 years in the area of Guelph, Ontario, the core and focus of the novel's events. After graduation from school, he designed and built custom homes and later developed subdivisions, specializing in affordable homes. His building career extended over 25 years until the early 1990s, but he felt restless for something beyond the having and the getting. After struggling with one of the most difficult decisions he had ever made, he wound up his business and travelled extensively with his wife, Gretchen, and their two young people. In his travels he visited home churches and itinerant preachers in many parts of Europe and climbed high into the Italian Alps searching out the remote valleys where the primitive Waldensians took refuge prior to the Reformation.

But still he needed something more, something that has been satisfied by the writing of this book and by a desire to help people suffering deprivation and extreme poverty in the Third World. All of the income from The Gate Seldom Found will be donated to buy food and to assist the poor.

Throughout the three years of working on the novel, the author regularly invited input from the public at large and took the innovative approach of advertising in local newspapers and delivering flyers door to door to find readers with whom to share the manuscript. Hundreds of men and women from ages 16 to 86 and from all walks of life read the work-in-progress and shared their feelings. The result is a book that truly reflects the yearnings in the hearts of many ordinary men and women.

This historical novel speaks to the contemporary reader seeking a deeper connection to God and a simpler expression of Christian life. It is particularly relevant in light of a recent documentary which describes a rapid increase in the number of people desiring to worship in home churches today. Indisputably, The Gate Seldom Found is the only novel inspired by a unique fellowship which emerged at a time of spiritual re-awakening and revival across the western world. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By RedDoorTreasures on November 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
Lots of books I read and give away. This book has a permanent place on my bedside table. This is one of the best books I have ever read - I've read it three times in three years and every time it gets better. I gave a copy to a friend - he has read it three times in three months! The story - based on the writer's real family history - tells a compelling story of a group of friends wanting more in-depth spiritual learning than they were getting at their traditional church. They started bible study at home and practiced what they learned - the movement grew and they started 'planting' other bible study groups. If I could, I'd rate this higher than a five.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Donald Shenton on January 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
When I went to school, history was at the bottom of my interests and grades. This is the most interesting historical novel I have ever run across. I wish our history teachers could learn from this talented writer. It may be a novel, but it gives "Food for thought", in a world where literature is so commonly corrupting rather than edifying. The Jesus of the Bible said, "You shall know them by their fruit." It is wonderful to read a book of fruit produced that would remind us of Jesus and the New Testament. The fruit produced tells us more about the root of the tree than all the history books in the world.

This is a book well worth reading.

Don
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 2, 2001
Format: Paperback
Primitive Biblical Christianity comes alive in a practical way in this book. Its characters find a living faith through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and exemplify the simple, joyful life that His indwelling presence produces. In a short time, this book has impacted so many people for good, creating a burning desire to reach out and share our faith with others as effectively as the believers in the book do. The focus is on Christ to the degree that it makes us want to experience Him in a deeper way than ever before.
Admittedly, it's not hard to identify with these characters, since I've lived my life in the context of the fellowship of believers portrayed here. Yet I think all the believers who have read the book find themselves inspired to lay aside human thinking in its many forms and get closer to the living Christ than ever before. Thank God for that!
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