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by Pat Works

Pub Date: April 23rd, 2012
ISBN: 978-1470002299
Publisher: CreateSpace

Touched by a higher power through dreams and visions, Works uses her experience as a seer to illustrate God’s love.

Works, a self-described seer, claims to be exceptionally intuitive when awake, in addition to having visions of angels, demons, God and Jesus when asleep. In her first book, she presents her chronological spiritual journey. Most chapters open with a description of dreams or visions, and then, with friendly enthusiasm and an impressive array of biblical references, the author interprets the experience, revealing a theme of love directed at her and all of humanity. Chapters are fine-tuned to reach the eager Christian reader; however, due to the by-the-numbers lessons, the distance between the author and reader can make the book less powerful. Despite the author’s attempts to turn the reader into a participant (she encourages the reader to have pen and paper at the ready and there are questions at the end of each chapter), the dreams and visions the author describes are so personal that the reader more often feels like an observer. Additionally, the author’s interpretations often inform a passive rather than actionable direction, which may widen the reader’s disconnect. In one dream, the author attempts to follow her friends home from a conference, but she gets lost; a man enters her car, promising to help her get home. Along the way, he stops to distribute food to the needy, so the dream evidently reveals to the author the importance of following Jesus, not your spiritual friends. In a separate vision featuring a cloud of doves, the author advises readers to ask for the Holy Spirit to enter their lives. Although most chapters highlight standard themes in Christianity, a few of the author’s interpretations are surprising, particularly in “Law Versus Spirit,” a chapter that offers a notable challenge to the conventional understanding of the relationship between religion, rules and law.

Well written with a couple of surprises, despite some narrative distance and overly familiar themes.