Book review from a friend

Jean was watching from the sidelines when I met my husband to be. At that stage of the story he was called ‘Prince Mentor.’  A friend of his, she saw the way God brought us together and witnessed the fireworks; “Sparks flew between Princess Joanna and Prince Mentor, but they were not sparks of attraction…” I wrote.

JeanJean has a degree in lingustics,  and with that and her personal involvement I asked her to read the book.  Here’s her valued review;

Every journey starts with a single step, and such is the case for Jo Rolston as she recounts her journey from heartbroken, love-starved child to fully adopted daughter of the King of Kings in her book “The Kingdom – Here be Dragons, Here be Dreams’. Only in Jo’s case, the first step was taken by her great, great grandmother.

Anna arrived in New Zealand from Germany as a young wife, profoundly deaf but with a deep and personal relationship with God. As she rested at the top of a steep hill in the Hawkes Bay on her arduous journey to her little family’s allotted land, little did she know that her future great great granddaughter would be born there. Anna prayed for the future generations to know God in a real way, to come into His promises, and to share their knowledge about Him.

Jo goes through a very shaky start, but reaches out to God. Her relationship with Him is at first coloured by her perception of Him as dominant and punishing, like her earthly parents. But her hunger to know Him in a real way leads her to write “stories” in which Jesus is the King and she is a princess. Thus “the Kingdom” is born. In the kingdom, she can take the, at times, overwhelming events of her real world to the King and seek His input and advice. Whether she heeds or disregards His advice and guidance is up to her.

Jo’s writing is personal, in her own language, yet speaks of life lessons in such a way that it is accessible to all of us. Her style draws us in, we can almost taste the food and smell the flowers,; feel the sunlight on our face. I identified with her so much that at times I found myself saying to her, “For heaven’s sake, Jo! Get rid of him!” Or, “stand up for yourself. You are worth more than that.’

As Jo gains insight into her own situation through her time in the Kingdom, she relates valuable lessons for all of us about what a real relationship looks like, traps and temptations, and boundary-setting. The book has great practical application as Jo takes us through her successes and failures, and humble pie eating times.

There were times when I couldn’t stop the tears from flowing down my face at the heartache some of Jo’s decisions caused her, and other times when I was howling with laughter, especially with the beginning stages of Jo and Bert’s relationship.

I am “Big Sis” to Bert and helped him to interpret one of his dreams in which he saw paths of different colours representing his lady friends. He was supposed to choose the golden one, but didn’t know who that was. I’d had conversations with the Lord and knew it was this lady who had two kids he had vaguely mentioned. She was supposed to tell him “I am the gold”, as she mentions in her book. Instead she said, “I am top shelf” which threw a spanner in the works, as Bert had first hand experience with family alcoholism.

Finally, after fighting with God, Jo sent Bert a copy of the relevant chapter in the Kingdom not quite naming him as both Prince Mentor and Isaac. He gave it to me to interpret, which Jo was very nervous about. I totally understand that, given her past experience of gossip and ridicule. But it confirmed what I knew. She was the one. Bert and I discussed it. He still wasn’t sure and emailed Jo with the three questions mentioned in the book. The rest is (very pleasing to a big sis) history.

“The Kingdom – Here be Dragons, Here be Dreams” begins and ends with Anna. With Jo as her spiritual heiress, Anna passes the baton to Jo to continue running the race with focus, dignity and faith. There have been many challenges along the way. But Jo chose the “difficult but interesting path”. She knows that she does not walk it alone, as she now has Bert and a strong church family, and that she, Warrior Princess Joanna, can always take any problems to her King.

I give this book a 9/10. While very personal it is insightful and contains practical and real advice on how to live life, not just survive. Jo’s insight on boundaries and positive friendships has proven very helpful to a lot of people who have crossed her path and I’m sure that will continue.


Other reviews from readers are here.

My eBook has been published

Amazon book coverHi fellow bloggers, you haven’t heard from me lately because I’ve been working on my book.  I’ve finally got the EPUB, PDF versions and Kindle versions published.

You’ll see I’ve put a Facebook widget on the blog.  It will take you to the book page.  You can like me there, but I can’t return the compliment.  I’ve built an ordinary Facebook page to link to it, where I can interact with you.

There are also links to Amazon if you want to buy the eBook.

I’ve made a video of the story, based on the book synopsis, which I’ve been told is awesome.

If you haven’t seen it on the book Facebook page, here it is.

The Kingdom – Here Be Dragons, Here Be Dreams

Thanks for following me, and I look forward to hearing from you.


KThe Kingdom is an inspiring story about a journey along the narrow path.  The story is in a unique genre all of it’s own, somewhere between an epic fantasy quest, supernatural adventure and memoir.  It’s a tale about good versus evil. 

If you are interested in how God can reveal Himself and speak to an ordinary person, this story is for you.

To begin with I wrote my story “The Kingdom” as a journal and map of the journey.  It kept a record of the Lord’s rhema words and revelation he gave me.  When the things he told me in the Kingdom worked out in real life I realised I was receiving the Lord’s guidance and counsel for real.
If you do not know the King, or the Bible, here’s a brief explanation of some concepts the story deals with.

spiritual-warfareRevelation

    A revelation is defined as;

  • An enlightening or astonishing disclosure,
  • The communication of knowledge to man by a divine or supernatural agency.

Revelation comes from the Holy Spirit.  Do you believe that God will speak to us in the last days?  “In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.”  Joel 2:28 and Acts 2:18.

DragonsSword of Spirit

We all have dragons to slay.  It is written in Revelation that they (the believers) defeated the dragon by the word of their testimony.  (Paraphrased from Revelation 12:11)

The Kingdom is my personal testimony.  The words of the King to me as Joanna are true.  It’s about how God guided me along the path, and helped me deal with my dragons.  If you are interested in spiritual warfare the story may appeal to you.

Dreams

Are you interested in dream interpretation?  In my story, I was given dreams.  The story served as a context for the dreams.  Knowing that revelation comes from the Holy Spirit, I would ask the King to explain them.    When I was writing, the King would give me a verse from the Bible that went with the dream.  The prophet Daniel told King Nebuchadnezzar after he was asked to interpret his dream that there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries. (Daniel 2:28).

Life can be a mystery.  Think about coincidences for instance.  Do you notice signs that appear at just the right time?  That’s God.  He wants us to seek Him out, and find the things He has for us.

Some things in life are hidden, but God can bring the concealed things to light through the great words of the Bible and the Holy Spirit.

It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.   Proverbs 25:2

The Lord will bring revelation if you seek him.  “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”  Matthew 7:7.

JesusThe King, the Holy Spirit

The King in my story is the Holy Spirit, who works as one with God and Jesus.  He is the comforter, teacher and guide of Joanna.  He is the one Jesus promised He would send after He went back to God.  Jesus explains how He was sent to us in John 14;

“If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.”  John 14:15-17

The final scene in my story

batonI ended “The Kingdom” with a scene where Joanna is handed a baton from Anna, her ancestor.  There is a race to be run. Sometimes we run alone, sometimes in a group.  At times the path is hard to see but there are signs.  The signs Joanna found along the path are recorded in the story.

The Kingdom story is my testimony.  It shows what I did with the words the Lord spoke to me as personal revelation.  God will speak to us all personally if we seek him through Jesus, the King.  I hope my story will inspire you to seek the King yourself.

If you would like to know more, please ask me questions.

I’ve taken a photo of one of the places where I walk.  The beach is at the bottom of my street.  The island off the beach is called “Kawau Island”.  It’s an island with no roads, where the residents get around by boat.  I’ve made a photo gallery so you can see other scenes from my story.

Habbakuk 2:2

Snells Beach and Kawau Bay