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Trade Paperback
160 pages
Jan 2004
Broadman & Holman Publishers

Room of Marvels

by James Bryan Smith

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"Smith lost his friend Rich Mullins, his mother, and his severely handicapped daughter in the space of a few years. Now through Room of Marvels, a fictionalized account of his own journey of pain and loss, he opens his heart and offers comfort to others who are grieving.

"Tim Hudson, a well-known Christian author, heads to a monastery for a silent retreat after the loss of his friend, daughter, and mother causes him to question his own faith. When he falls asleep, a glorious dream of heaven begins – but is it just a dream? Tim meets those who have gone on before him, some well-beloved and others he barely even remembers – or never met. Through their conversations, he discovers and deals with his shame, pride, and need for control. In the end, he learns the difference he can make in others’ lives.

"Revealing the hope of heaven, this book gives more than platitudes. It portrays a different – and comforting – mindset about death, showing in story form that for the Christian, what appears to be death is really life. Though I’ve never lost someone close to me, it will be the first book I reach for when I do. If you can’t find the words to say to a friend who has lost someone, let Room of Marvels speak for you." -- Katie Hart, Christian Book Previews

Book Jacket:

Christian writer Tim Hudson usually turns easy answers into bestsellers. But when his best friend is killed---followed closely by Tim's mother and his daughter---his own faith questions multiply. During a desperate withdrawal to a spiritual retreat center, God offers him guided glimpses of the wonders his loved ones now enjoy . . . and that await him. Afterword by Dallas Willard.