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The Garden at the Edge of Beyond

by Michael R. Phillips

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This is one of those books where a person goes on a journey (in this case through heaven) which enables the author to present some philosophical ideas about life and death. Heaven here takes the form of a garden (though it is explained that it isn't that way for everyone) and our journeyman is guided through it by several mentors--such as C.S. Lewis, George MacDonald, etc. that meant a lot to him in his spiritual journey on earth. Several of these scenes were the most memorable of the book, like him walking through a rolling field where the land was moving like waves--a scene remniscent of C.S. Lewis' space adventures.
I enjoyed most of the lessons presented, but this kind of fiction blended with sermonizing isn't something to read for pure pleasure. More as a different way to learn. Phillips points to several other authors as the source of his ideas, and the book can open up a desire to exlore there ideas. It is also only a brief summary of concepts that require more exploration. ( )
  debs4jc | Nov 16, 2006 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 076422042X, Hardcover)

In a storytelling style reminiscent of his literary mentors, C. S. Lewis and George MacDonald, Phillips explores the unseen world through the perspective of the past and the future.

"I found this fantasy palpably real, cutting to the heart of true spirituality: the giving up of self in the daily choices of life. This little book does the best job of anything I've read so far at defining that sticky paradox of both losing and finding ourselves."

John Fischer, Musician and Author

(Real Christians Don't Dance and others)

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:07:05 -0400)

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