Friday, October 25, 2013

Book Review: Closet by Eric Swanson

By Eric Swanson
Publisher: Faith Books and MORE
Published: April 26, 2011

Amazon Synopsis:

It seemed to be an innocent looking book that John picked up from the local bookstore, but late that night, as he read it in the secret of his closet, a creature emerged. Then with arms extended, it strangled the life out of him, leaving behind Megan and their baby Derek. But as Megan was leaving the house, two other forms attempted to kill her as well.

The mysterious creatures were silent for the next two decades and Derek even managed to get married and start a family with a mentally disabled son. He went to seminary and was starting to look for a job. But, after receiving multiple rejections, Derek was at the 

bottom of despair. Then after a chance encounter with a witch, he picked up a book from the sidewalk that seemed to have all the answers he needed in life. Later that evening, as Derek was reading the book, there was a noise from the closet, and a door was opened to a demonic dimension that a local witch uses to take his mentally disabled son and wife into.

Derek then enters the same dimension to save the ones he loves. Along the way he confronts the evil in his own life through the help of the Holy Spirit, who shows up in seven different human forms depending on the situation. After dealing with his own weaknesses Derek has to win back his wife, and confront the two creatures that plagued his parents.

Closet captures the attention of young adults and fans of the supernatural. It helps the reader to understand the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer and how the Spirit helps us to not only confront our weaknesses, but to gain victory as well. Also, it helps us the reader gain a better understanding of the plan He has for our lives.

My Thoughts:

This was a most unusual novel. It reminded me a little of “Pilgrim’s Progress” by John Bunyan. Derek goes through quite the journey in his search for his wife and son. It is a journey of self-discovery and re-examination of his faith.

This story at times seems to be like a nightmare with all the evil creatures and strange environments that Derek finds himself in. It is pure fantasy and allegory. Much discussion could be had on the imagery that the author uses.

This book does an excellent job of presenting the gospel and the main tenets of the Christian faith. The story is also a reminder to think about who/what is important in your life and to remain faithful to that person or thing; to think about the consequences of our actions and decide whether or not the consequences are worth the action before we undertake it.

I think the book did a good job of exploring the discouragement of unmet expectations in life that many of us face and reminds us that we need rely on the Holy Spirit whose various facets were portrayed as the characters Wisdom, Assurance, Guidance, Strength, Comfort, Conviction, and Abundance. We are reminded that we don’t have to do life on our own.

This book explores almost every area in our lives and would be a good book for anyone who has wondered about the purpose of life, or how to live above mediocrity.

This was an excellent read. I would recommend this book to everyone in their teens and up. I gave this book 5 stars.

Thank you to the author Eric John Swanson for providing this ebook in exchange for a fair and honest review.

About the Author:

Eric Swanson received a Masters of Divinity degree from Moody Bible Institute. He has been on several missions trips and during his time in China was encouraged to pursue writing. What started out as a hobby resulted in his first novel.  Eric is currently single and enjoys camping, hiking, backpacking, writing, reading, running, biking, cooking, teaching the Bible, watersports, fishing and hunting.

He is working on getting “Outcast”, the sequel to “Closet” published.

Ways to connect with Eric:
Email  *  Website  *  Blog

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