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1.0 out of 5 stars Disney meets Star Trek in the Garden of Eden, 8 Dec 2012
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I came to this book with an open mind as it had been chosen for my book group. I was expecting at least some decent theological or philosophical debate to get my teeth into , but I just found it laughable. Walls of caves turning transparent - seeing deceased children playing by a waterfall - meeting up with the Holy Trinity in a shed in the woods which became a perfect forest garden complete with lake, streams and waterfalls....And as for the Holy Trinity...what a set of wimps, all 'chuckles' and chumminess and 'good home cooking'. Yuck. All it needed was Captain Kirk and Mr Spock to wander in and it would have been more believable. And then the convenient road accident to try to explain away the 'experience' for the rest of the characters.
I'm afraid this book did nothing to raise my opinion of a lot of American writing. Its just too sentimental, too shallow and just too Disney.
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Initial post: 20 Jul 2013 15:40:38 BDT
Greg Stelley says:
Flowerpot: You obviously had an intensely negative emotional reaction to the fictional, but inspirational (for many) 'The Shack', and I fully understand your reaction to it. In the interest of raising your opinion of American writing, and without even a tip of my cap to Disney, I have a new TRUE story for you to take back to your book group. It's a story I'm positive you will never be tempted to throw out the window! Would a modern-day, biblical-sized miracle interest you? One full of the tangible, physical evidence everyone seems to crave to verify the impossible? My supernatural encounter with God took place almost ten years ago during the last week of October 2003. That was the week that San Diego County burned down through the middle (427 square miles of it) during a terrible firestorm (the Cedar Fire if you want to Google it).
I'm sure that you, like me, have had moments in life that you recognized as a brush with the unexplainable. For me, it is usually an instantaneous answer to a small and specific prayer. I've had many miracles of that size in my life. The smallest of them required opening my spiritual eyes to see and understand the miracle, but what about a biblical-sized miracle? Are those possible nowadays? Were they EVER possible? Wouldn't it be great if there was a 'Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the fiery furnace type of miraculous event we could read about that happened in contemporary times? Say, during a terrible wildfire? What if God showed up and did what we all agree was simply the impossible? Would that strengthen your belief? And what if there were actual photographs to document the miracles? That type of titanic physical miracle would be obvious even to our PHYSICAL eyes, right? Wouldn't that be a great story to read? I have the novel-length true story that does exactly that... "GOD INSIDE THE FIRE: An Amazing True Story." It's a supernatural thriller told from the LIGHT side, not the dark side of the spiritual realm. Not a day goes by (not an hour actually) without me reflecting on what my family was witness to during and after a terrible firestorm here in San Diego in October 2003. It's a story packed full of drama, suspense, life, death, belief, disbelief, and then there's the colossal manifestation of God's presence and the miracles left in His wake... People around the world are being blessed by this impossible narrative in the same way it will bless you, should you decide to read it. Give it a look on Amazon, will you? GOD INSIDE THE FIRE: An Amazing True Story
- All the best, Greg Stelley.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Aug 2013 22:19:22 BDT
Whilst thanking Greg for a generous gesture, I feel compelled to advertise David Hume's important essay 'On Miracles' in his 'Enquiries' where he demolishes the establishing of religious faith on Miracles comprehensively. Whatever next, God as like 'Tim The Wizard' and his impressive pyrotechnics in 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail'?
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