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Seventh Dimension - The Door: A Young Adult Christian Fantasy Paperback – April 10, 2013
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"Lorilyn's writing has a touch of imagination that conveys both action and fantasy, using dazzling imagery to convey a Biblical Alice in Wonderland."
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"Hope, faith and love: these were what transcended while I immersed myself in this beautiful world. Really beautiful."
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"The Seventh Dimension is filled with historical details of Christ's life, teachings and miracles, and the descriptions of the desert, the marketplace and the Sea of Galilee made this reader feel as though he were there with Shale. This is both an entertaining and edifying tale and well worth reading."
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"It is a story of healing and being able to accept love even if you think you are not worthy of it, because everyone is worthy of love."
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There is faith and healing to be found throughout the pages as she encourages readers to embrace their past ... and come alongside a spiritual journey through a biblical, "Alice in Wonderland."
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I hope you make the second book fast (if you are making a second book). You are a very talented writer, and probably my favorite. Trust me I've read a ton of books written by tons of different authors that I loved at the time. I know that I will love all the books in your Seventh Dimension Series, and all the other young adult books you write.
ERIN BARNETT, age 11
From the Author
The Door is written for a younger audience, much like The Hobbit in the Lord of the Rings Series. The other books in the series, The King, The Castle, and The City are written for all ages.
What is the Seventh Dimension? A spiritual kingdom lies all about us, enclosing us, embracing us, altogether within reach of our inner selves, waiting for us to recognize it. God Himself is here waiting our response to His Presence. This eternal world will come alive to us the moment we begin to reckon upon its reality." - A. W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God.
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The beginning of the book kind of reminded me of "The Wizard of Oz" in the way that the young girl Shale enters a door into the seventh dimension. The ending reminded me of another famous ending, but I won't spoil it. The middle was filled with more scripture, more analogies, and more appearances of Jesus as the King, carpenter, itinerant preacher, miracle worker, and fisherman. Most of the books I read have quite a few errors in them. I found none in this book. That says a lot, for I am an author and editor.
The only thing I had against this was Shale naming her diary "Dog," saying dog is God spelled backward, which is just a play on words and drivel with no spiritual meaning. If this were removed or modified, i would have easily given this fgive stars.
Personally, I think that about covers all of us, don't you? At least at one time or another, especially as teens, we have been one of those children she wants to reach... For many, who will know who they are, I'll recommend this to you as a "must read!"
Shale Snyder was an unhappy girl--unhappy at home, at school, and now she'd had a curse placed on her after she had fallen, holding a friend's dog, and it had been killed. Two years later, Judd still hated her and was harassing her, the latest by sneaking up to her in the halls of school, touching her, and then moving away quickly so nobody noticed other than Shale who, at first, wasn't sure who was doing this--though she had a good guess...
Now she felt like her only friend was her Diary, always opening with Dear DOG... (And although she spelled His name backwards in case anybody ever read it, God listened to her thoughts as she wrote to Him...)
It was on the day that she'd found an old book she always loved, The Donkey and the King, that she found a straight pin that her mother must have lost, and started carrying it with her... that led to her becoming frustrated and angrily using that pin on the back of Judd, her enemy, who had once again been playing games!
As often happens, though, she was the one who got in trouble!
But it had started when one of her teachers had accused her in class of plagiarizing her paper on as you like it! By that time she was so upset that when Judd started again, she turned, followed him and stuck that pin deep into his back!
It got much worse, she had been suspended, her parents didn't support her, and her best friend's parents told her she couldn't be her friend anymore!
That was the day that Much Afraid came... She had barked outside her door long enough until Shale followed him, on and on, but then her foot caught in a hole and she fell. When she woke up, she heard a lady talking...
Shale had crossed a portal and wound up in a beautiful garden where she found animals--that could talk! She realized that they seemed to be the animals that were in her favorite book when she was a child, and wondered if she was dreaming.
But she was here now, so she started talking to the donkey and discovered that, indeed, his name was Baruch! They told her she was in the King's garden and they roamed around for awhile, talking more, until...The Crows Came!
And they were afraid and left the Garden...until they came to another garden that Baruch recognized when he had been led to meet the King...
They went on...always searching...meeting dangers...until they found themselves in Jerusalem...and discovered that Shale's father had his home there, although he was not there at the time...
But Shale longed to find the King and, one day, they saw him in the distance... And listened while Christ, after his time in the wilderness, was tempted...
Roberts has intertwined the events of Christ's life so skillfully that you find that you are walking in Shale's footsteps, seeing everything new as she was... It's magical, fantastical, and so very, very, memorable... and this is only the first book in the series! I'm excited about the book, a young adult story that is bound to attract young readers through the age of 99... We are all looking to find the King and in this journey into a fantasy set in Jerusalem, you may indeed find Him...
I must add this to my personal favorites for 2016...and it just might be at the top! Get this book as a gift for your teens...and read it also! It's beautifully written, and beautifully inspired. I think you'll agree with me if you decide to meet Baruch and have him help you through the journey. Highly, highly recommended. And see my blog for unexpected happenings while writing this review...
In the beginning, I found myself shadowing a teenage girl who had far more problems that she did friends. In the depths of my heart, I could identify with her loneliness and her struggle to find her place in the world. As the reader, I ached to hold her and assure her that she wasn't alone, but fortunately, the author did much more.
Through an accident, the young girl is transported back to Jerusalem in the time of Christ. After hearing multiple stories about “The King,” Shale decides to risk everything and expose the dirty secret she'd been holding back her entire life. During her journey to meet the King, Shale encounters many Biblical characters such as the maniac of Gadara and even takes place in some of the miracles of the New Testament. This walk through the Biblical past was so refreshing and eye-opening. By mixing the present with the past, the truths of the Bible came alive in entirely new ways, urging me to drink in more of what the Scriptures have to offer.
The author has woven a beautiful tale of love and forgiveness, of grace and mercy. With detailed, realistic characters and true-to-life Biblical accounts, this book is a must read for young adults (and older ones, as well).