Room of Marvels by James Bryan Smith

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In one tragic blow after another, accomplished Christian writer Tim Hudson lost his mother, his close friend, and his two-year-old daughter. Now he’s on the brink of losing his faith.

Room of Marvels takes readers on a silent spiritual retreat with Tim where he is swept up in a dream vision of heaven and given a guided tour by those he has lost. Reminiscent of the C. S. Lewis classic, The Great Divorce, the book carries a contemporary voice that made Library Journal declare it “a good companion to Mitch Albom’s The Five People You Meet in Heaven.”

Remarkably, Room of Marvels mirrors author James Bryan Smith’s own heart-wrenching season of loss when his mother (Wanda), close friend (“Awesome God” singer Rich Mullins), and two-year-old daughter (Madeline) passed away within months of each other.

Updated with a new cover design and epilogue by Smith, the 2007 edition of Room of Marvels will continue to comfort those touched by grief and stir the hunger for heaven in every reader.


“A delightful fantasy.” —Cecil Murphey, coauthor, 90 Minutes in Heaven

“If you’ve ever felt the sting of death from the loss of one you love, Smith’s book will lead you into a warm, inviting room.” —Knight Ridder

“One of those profound, special books that only comes along once in awhile.” —


About James Bryan Smith

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James Bryan Smith is assistant professor of practical theology and chaplain at Friends University.Lynda L. Graybeal has worked with Richard Foster on his writing projects for over a dozen years and with RENOVARE since its inception.Richard J. Foster is the bestselling author of Celebration of Discipline, Prayer, Streams of Living Water, and other books.
Published September 1, 2007 by B&H Fiction. 192 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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