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SEVENTH DIMENSION – THE CASTLE: A Young Adult Fantasy: Book Review by Steve Miller

 

CARED ABOUT THE CHARACTERS

 

Children grow up hearing and reading Bible stories, but when they become teens, the stories probably lose some of their luster. Sure, there’s always a new insight or a fresh way to apply a familiar passage. But you no longer read the parable of the prodigal son and wonder how the story will end. As a result, we lose a bit of the wonder of it all, failing to grasp what it would have been like to hear it in the first century, as a bystander enraptured by the Teacher’s story.

Enter the power of the historical novel that dares to allow its characters to mingle with Jesus’ followers and see Him in person. Somehow, it gives us an angle that breathes new life into old, familiar stories. At least, that’s what The Castle did for me.

The author certainly made it easy for me to care about her characters and kept me turning pages to see what would happen next (being a sci-fi kind of guy, I loved the bending of space-time elements). But beneath the fast-paced action/adventure was the psychological struggle of worldviews in conflict. A young Jewish man encounters Yeshua, but struggles to believe, particularly in light of the holocaust. It’s as if Yeshua was in some sense a precursor or an earlier form of an individual holocaust.

But whatever readers take away, I think they’ll remember it for more than just an action/adventure with likable characters. Somehow it affected me more deeply. Perhaps it will touch your heart as well.

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HIGH PRAISE FOR SEVENTH DIMENSION – THE DOOR: A Young Adult Fantasy

 

Seventh Dimension – The Door, a YA Fantasy, Book 1

Book Review by Dana Rongione

I can honestly say that The Door is unlike any book I’ve ever read before ​though it is vaguely reminiscent of The Chronicles of Narnia. Speaking as one who is easily confused by time travel in any form, I am pleased to say that I had no trouble at all understanding what (and when) events were taking place. On the contrary, I truly enjoyed the style of the tale.

In the beginning, I found myself shadowing a teenage girl who had far more problems than she had friends. In the depths of my heart, I could identify with her loneliness and her struggle to find her place in the world. As the reader, I ached to hold her and assure her that she wasn’t alone, but fortunately, the author did much more.

Through an accident, the young girl is transported back to Jerusalem in the time of Christ. After hearing multiple stories about “The King,” Shale decides to risk everything and expose the dirty secret she’d been holding back her entire life. During her journey to meet the King, Shale encounters many Biblical characters such as the maniac of Gadara and even takes place in some of the miracles of the New Testament. This walkthrough of the Biblical past was so refreshing and eye-opening. By mixing the present with the past, the truths of the Bible came alive in entirely new ways, urging me to drink in more of what the Scriptures have to offer.

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BOOK REVIEW: “Tails and Purrs for the Heart and Soul,” by Amazon Reviewer/Author Sherrill S. Cannon

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5.0 out of 5 stars Get Ready for Some Tail Wagging and Purrs…

Reviewed in the United States on November 28, 2020

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Having read the Seventh Dimension Series (which includes The Door, The King, The Castle, The City, The Prescience, and The Howling) and have won over thirty book awards, as well as several other books written by this author, I knew I would like anything she writes. I was fully prepared for another similar book.

What a treat for animal lovers is this lovely semi-autobiography, where the author introduces us to the many, varied pets she has encountered so far in her lifetime…one of which I am quite sure was a compilation of several of those pets and became a main character in her Seventh Dimension books!

It is also a testament to the author’s faith throughout health challenges, alleviated somewhat by her wonderful pets (not to mention her awesome daughters!) It is a remarkable story of animals and how they impact the lives of those who are owned by them!!

 

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BOOK REVIEW: “Tails and Purrs for the Heart and Soul” Five Stars from Readers’ Favorite Book Reviewer Vincent Dublado

 

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Lorilyn Roberts is a successful author who has lived with many rescued animals over the past 35 years. In her memoir, Tails and Purrs for the Heart and Soul, she talks about life’s miracles and inspiration, drawing on her accounts of the memorable moments with the furry creatures she has welcomed inside her home. She tries to address that deeply profound question if our departed furry friends are waiting for us in the afterlife.

 


This stems from all the raw and biting pain that she has gone through from witnessing the passing of her pets. Her year-long bout with cancer pushed her to ask how to live again and God showed her by finding contentment in the things that bring her joy. Loving her four-legged friends has helped her ease the pain, knowing that she is surrounded not only by helping hands but by comforting paws as well.


You do not need to feel embarrassed about crying when reading how Lorilyn Roberts copes with the loss of some of her furry friends. You do not need to be a spiritual type of person to see how heartfelt the grief she has experienced through profound loss while she mustered all her faith, hope, and courage to beat cancer. 

Roberts’ writing has a strong emotional feel from the very beginning. She dedicates this work to all the cats and dogs that made a mark on her family’s life, a requiem for the creatures that gave her unconditional love. 


If you want a heartwarming true story to brighten your day, here it is. Tails and Purrs for the Heart and Soul is an inspiring and highly recommended read for anyone who firmly believes that their beloved departed pets are waiting for them at the rainbow bridge.

~Vincent Dublado, Readers’ Favorite Review

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CAROL A. BROWN BOOK REVIEW: Seventh Dimension Mini Box Series, Books One, Two, and Three

Gripping. This set is filled with action and drama. It is historical fiction, sci-fi fantasy, and time travel all in one! I really enjoyed it and appreciated the Christian worldview. This whole series has nearly nonstop action throughout!

The Door starts out in Shale’s modern-day Florida, but quickly shifts to the Seventh Dimension. The King and The Castle take place in and around the city of Jerusalem relative to the crucifixion of Jesus.

Shale quickly becomes a believer in Yeshua as Messiah, but Daniel struggles with all the issues present-day secular Jews struggle with. He sees the events leading up to the crucifixion and resurrection with his own eyes and puts them alongside what he knows from his Hebrew studies, his family and friends from modern times, his own reading of the Bible; it creates a unique dilemma of faith.

He learns forgiveness firsthand and is almost immediately tested. Woven through the story is the thread of a repeated dream or vision of his father who disappeared. Finding him becomes Daniel’s quest.

Characters & Setting: Characters were well developed. In addition to Shale and Daniel, you meet Romans, Arabs, lepers, religious leaders, compassionate doctor, and ordinary everyday people trying to survive and make a living. You will meet strange spiritual beings, and talking animals and see it all through the eyes of Shale, a run-away teen, feeling abandoned and isolated, and Daniel, a modern, secular Jewish pre-med student who along with Shale, was transported into the times of Christ—a time before modern technology. It portrays the struggles secular Jews have with believing that Jesus could ever be the long-awaited Messiah.

Themes teens relate to:
• unfairness
• injustice
• not listening and/or not taking people seriously
• the struggle to believe when your culture and training have taught you not to

Writing Craft: Vivid imagery in her writing creates mental images that stay with the reader. She did an excellent job incorporating the teachings of Jesus into the resolution of Shale’s problems. Well plotted!

Recommendations: This is a set that I could recommend to teens interested in fantasy, who are dealing with similar issues as those Shale encountered, or faith issues such as Daniel faced. I would recommend it to anyone struggling with intellectual issues with Jesus or persons who struggle against the pull of their culture. I would also recommend it to adults/parents of troubled teens to help give them an understanding from a teen perspective.

 

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BOOK REVIEW: “Seventh Dimension – the Howling: A Young Adult Fantasy,” Five Stars from Readers’ Favorite Reviewer Romuald Dzemo

Seventh Dimension – The Howling: A Young Adult Fantasy

Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers’ Favorite 

The Howling: A Young Adult Christian Fantasy is the sixth book in the Seventh Dimension Series by Lorilyn Roberts, a story told in atmospheric prose that follows the spiritual journey of a compelling character — Daniel Sperling. The Kingdom of God draws near and the spiritual landscape changes, with untold challenges and a prevalent culture of deception and evil. It is shortly before the arrival of the Messiah that Daniel receives a great mission. But he is shaken by a powerful revelation concerning the fate of his father. Follow him as he navigates great challenges, faces the horrors of the Day of the Lord, and remains steadfast in his love for Shale and Shira.

When the story begins, readers are treated to a wonderful racing experience, with Daniel competing against the ruthless Tariq in a chariot race that ends in a way no one expected. The religious symbolism of the race is beautifully captured, and the reader immediately understands that time doesn’t exist in the spiritual realm — it is an illusion. I enjoyed the powerful use of religious symbolism and allusion, and the relationship between Daniel Sperling and Shale Snyder, a love so strong it continues to inspire the hero of the story and acts as an anchor for him. The author uses visions and supernatural experiences to lift the minds of readers and transport them from their immediate surroundings, just as the case of the protagonist.

The writing is gorgeous and crisp and filled with wonderful descriptions, from action-packed scenes to emotionally rich encounters, to awe-inspiring moments of spiritual ecstasy. The Howling is a book that will inspire readers and make them look beyond their physical experience of pain to find delight in the hope of a spiritual world that could be theirs. Highly imaginative and skillfully written, the message can’t be mistaken, and the reader feels compelled to be one of the Followers of the Way.

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BOOK REVIEW BY READERS’ FAVORITE BOOK REVIEWER DIVINE ZAPE: Five Stars Seventh Dimension – The Howling, A Young Adult Fantasy

Reviewed By Divine Zape for Readers’ Favorite
The Howling: A Young Adult Fantasy is the sixth and final book in the Seventh Dimension Series by Lorilyn Roberts, an engrossing, delightful young adult fantasy that is filled with action, reflecting spiritual realities that are as transporting as they are inspiring. The narrative begins with a chariot race, a spellbinding competition between Daniel Sperling and Tariq, packed with intense emotion as readers watch the two daring competitors, but the race finishes quickly and in the stars. Daniel enters the Seventh Dimension, being one of the Jewish evangelists called by Yeshua and shortly before the return of the Messiah. The kingdom of God is near and there are challenges with a deception taking center stage in the life of the people. Daniel has to persevere and discern the light from falsehood. Can he complete the journey he’s begun without failing?

Daniel’s love for Shale and Shira is one of the themes developed in this story. The events unfold in the first-person narrative, including Daniel’s and Shale’s viewpoints, and this allows readers to follow the story from the perspective of each character. The prose is exceptionally good and packed with spiritual symbolism. The chariot race is both an evocation of an era in Jewish history and the symbol of life. The book is filled with insightful and uplifting passages, defying time and space to present a message that inspires readers to look beyond time to see God’s presence in the “now.” Lorilyn Roberts states that “Time is an illusion until God’s appointed times,” thus inviting readers to consider end times from a fresh perspective. Apart from the beautiful prose in The Howling, the story is fast-paced and filled with twists that make for an enjoyable ride. I felt as though the story was taking place in my mind.
Quotable Quote from The Howling
The wiry man whipped out his hand and pointed with a dramatic flair. “Have a seat. If you qualify after this demonstration, you’ll be given a special seat in the real dream reaper.” I looked behind the salesman at a most unusual contraption.
 
The woman was in her late twenties or early thirties and appeared to be in good health. Youth was leaving her, as it does for all of us, but she was too immature to have attained wisdom.
 
The woman poured out her heart to the stranger in extraordinary detail, expounding on all the unfair and unjust things that had happened to her, leading to a life in the gutter of despair. Always the victim, she wallowed in self-pity and rejection.
 
The merchant smiled. “You’re just the right person for the dream reaper. You deserve better. Don’t worry about the cost. You can pay it off in the next thirty years before your date with death.”

 

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BOOK REVIEW: “Seventh Dimension – The Howling: A Young Adult Fantasy,” Five stars from Readers’ Favorite Reviewer K.C. Finn

 

Five Stars

Reviewed By K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite
 
The Howling is a work of Christian fantasy fiction written for young adults, penned by author Lorilyn Roberts. Forming the sixth book in the epic adventure series Seventh Dimension, this atmospheric novel continues the tale of Daniel, Shale, and Shira as Daniel enters the world as it was shortly before the Messiah arrives. 
 
Daniel has a powerful calling from God to fulfill, but the danger level is ever increasing and the fate of his father hangs in the balance after some shocking revelations. Only faith and love will see him have the strength to overcome the horrors he must endure, and unpick the deceptions that the so-called new world order offers.

Christian readers are certain to understand the many biblical references given in the text, which will no doubt enhance their enjoyment all the more of this exciting and dynamic fantasy series
 
Author Lorilyn Roberts has produced a deep and profound journey quite unlike anything I’ve ever read before, with a cast of truly compelling characters and a message of undying faith, scrutiny of the false, and a deep belief in God’s love in the heart of every hero. 
 
I particularly liked Daniel and Shale as a central pair, learning from their past experiences and growing up before your eyes with the challenges which they face. The past comes to light in some extraordinary descriptive scenes too, and fans of the Seventh Dimension series are sure to find that The Howling is another excellent continuation of a powerful and poignant collection.
 
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U.S. REVIEW OF BOOKS BY DONNA FORD: “Seventh Dimension – The Prescience”

Seventh Dimension – The Prescience: A Young Adult Fantasy 
by Lorilyn Roberts
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Click to Tweet:  “Time travel is more dangerous…The chasm between the physical world and spiritual realm is becoming unstable, as Satan and his minions gain more control.”
Daniel and Shale were betrothed by Jesus (Yeshua in Hebrew) at the end of the previous book in the series. When they return to the present dimension in Israel, they encounter bombings and danger as the Gog-Magog war begins. They run to a bomb shelter, where a rescue dog finds Shale who can speak to animals. Everyone has their unique gifts of service; Shale has the gift of hearing, and Daniel has the gift of reading minds. Dodging bombs to follow the dog, they discover a young child with her mother dead beside her. The dog reveals her name is Shira, and she has no living relatives. That’s how the newly-engaged couple becomes parents of a three-year-old in the middle of a war predicted in the Bible.
Shale tries to call her mother in America, but the electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack by Korea has disrupted all communication there. It may be safer to continue their search for Daniel’s father in the first century, back where Daniel first met Shale and raced his chariot against other time travelers. Time travel is accomplished via star-gates opened by CERN and are either controlled by good or evil forces. The Illuminati sent Nidal and Tariq, mercenaries from the future, to first-century Jerusalem in order to steal Bible scrolls telling of Yeshua’s life, death, and resurrection. The Illuminati can track their movement by a skin implant thus assuring they remove every record of Yeshua’s existence. Daniel’s brother, Jacob, has access to a government star-gate. Demons try to stop their travel, but an angel delivers Daniel, Shale, and Shira back to the first century. They may not be safe yet. The ventriloquist tries to steal Shira. And what if those who wished to arrest them find out Daniel will race against Tariq’s chariot once more in order to learn the truth about his father?
This novel, the fifth book in the series, combines young adult fantasy with historical fiction. It is written about the times near the end of what Bible scholars call the seven-year tribulation. Previous books in the series covered the first century when Yeshua was on earth. The author uses the cliffhanger technique at the close of each book, and the casual reader who has not read the previous books should thoroughly read the first chapters of this one to help make sense of what is happening.
Teen and young adult readers want to see a life they haven’t seen before. What better vehicle to introduce Biblical events than through time travel? There is also movement between the present dimension and the seventh, or Spiritual, dimension. The Prescience is the title of a book from God’s library in the Genesis garden; it reveals Biblical events to those who love and serve God. Reading in it, Daniel sees his future as one of the 144,000 young Jewish preachers who will testify to Israel about Yeshua. Daniel has the seal on his forehead to prove it.
Life lessons mix with the buzzwords. Daniel explains to Shale that people can have many futures. When she requested to marry Daniel, her future was changed because she missed the rapture and is now alive during the tribulation. Another learning experience happens when the couple leaves the garden by train. As it begins to fill up, Shale hears the occupants bleating like sheep and goats. She imagines seeing the car floor dirty with excrement and urine until she experiences compassion enough to see them as people too. It is a test all must pass who wish to be compassionate.
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BOOK REVIEW: “Seventh Dimension – The Prescience: A Young Adult Fantasy,” Five Stars from Readers’ Favorite Book Reviewer Melinda Hills

 

Seventh Dimension – The Prescience: A Young Adult Fantasy by Lorilyn Roberts is the fifth book in the Seventh Dimension series that take on time travel. Daniel and Shale, a recently engaged (betrothed) couple, found a lost orphan girl in Jerusalem and try to save her from the devastated city. From there, they embark on God’s plan and return to the first century and search for Daniel’s father who has gone missing. Finding his father could be the first step in unraveling the mystery of a tragedy that is waiting to happen. However, it is proving to be more dangerous and difficult than both of them ever thought. There are far too many enemies and dangers awaiting them, and all they can do is fight them together. But can they? 




With religious themes mixed with coming of age, the novel is definitely very different and the author seems to be in her element here. I enjoyed the time travel, and how the two main characters fought the odds together and came out victorious in the end. Although I have not read the previous novels in the series, I still enjoyed it and caught up with the story really quickly. 

 

Right from the beginning, the story gripped my attention. The chemistry between Shale and Daniel was perfect; they respected each other with intensity and worked together as a team. The element of time travel was spot on; the author ensured that the characters, the dialogues even the environment were time appropriate. I thoroughly enjoyed everything about the novel! A really entertaining coming-of-age story. 

~Melinda Hills, Readers’ Favorite

 

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BOOK REVIEW: “Seventh Dimension – The Prescience: A Young Adult Fantasy,” Five Stars from Readers’ Favorite Reviewer Rabia Tanveer

Seventh Dimension – The Prescience: A Young Adult Fantasy by Lorilyn Roberts is the fifth book in the Seventh Dimension series that takes on time travel. Daniel and Shale, a recently engaged (betrothed) couple, found a lost orphan girl in Jerusalem and try to save her from the devastated city. From there, they embark on God’s plan and return to the first century and search for Daniel’s father who has gone missing. Finding his father could be the first step in unraveling the mystery of a tragedy that is waiting to happen. 
 
However, it is proving to be more dangerous and difficult than both of them ever thought. There are far too many enemies and dangers awaiting them, and all they can do is fight them together. But can they? 
 
With religious themes mixed with coming of age, the novel is definitely very different and the author seems to be in her element here. I enjoyed the time travel, how the two main characters fought the odds together and came out victorious at the end. Although I have not read the previous novels in the series, I still enjoyed it and caught up with the story really quickly. The story was entertaining. Right from the beginning, the story gripped my attention. 
 
 
 The chemistry between Shale and Daniel was perfect; they respected each other with intensity and they worked together as a team. The element of time travel was spot on; the author ensured that the characters, the dialogues even the environment were time appropriate. I thoroughly enjoyed everything about the novel!

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A really entertaining coming of age story. 

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BOOK REVIEW: “Seventh Dimension – The Prescience: A Young Adult Fantasy,” Five Stars from Readers’ Favorite Reviewer J.K. Simmill

 

 

Seventh Dimension – The Prescience is a religious fantasy fiction by Lorilyn Roberts. Shale and Daniel are caught amidst a bombing in Jerusalem. Using one of her unique skills, Shale is led to help a newly orphaned child beside her dead parents. The dog that brought Shale to the child said they were the ones God had called to look after the child, but at 18 they were little more than children themselves, despite their experiences. 
Trapped in Jerusalem, they decide it is safer to head back to the first century where they had met. At least there they had a chance of discovering what was going on and what was expected from them. The Antichrist will soon rise to power and, for some reason, demons have an interest in the child they had rescued.

A believable setting is enhanced by snippets of realism, such as people’s limitations. My favourite example is that a person who had studied a language couldn’t fluently understand the native speakers, and this is just one such example of attention to real-life details.

Seventh Dimension – The Prescience is a very religion-oriented book, yet there are some original and interesting interpretations of ideas often used in such literature. As a reader, you are rewarded with subtle intricacies which add alternative perspectives and interesting ideas. Good versus evil in the most primal sense. Angels of good against angels of evil, each attempting to turn the tide in their favour. 

The chapters are short and concise, making it easy to pick up and put down; that is if you can tear yourself away from the adventure.

I read Lorilyn Roberts’ book in a single sitting, finding it engaging, action-packed, and fascinating. The main protagonists, Daniel and Shale, show growth individually and as a couple as they face the challenges before them with faith and unity, trying to solve not only the mystery of the disappearance of Daniel’s father but the meaning behind everything happening and how it is connected. A great read, and easy to lose yourself in.
 
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BOOK REVIEW: “Seventh Dimension – The Prescience: A Young Adult Fantasy,” with Comments

 


Amazon Reviewer:  Immediately following their betrothal, Shale and Daniel find themselves in the midst of exploding bombs in Jerusalem. They rescue a young girl, orphaned by the warfare, and seek sanctuary in the most secret parts of the city. From there, they follow God’s leading through the gates into the first century AD and begin to unravel the goal of their enemies and the location of Daniel’s missing father. 

The Prescience is the fifth book in the Seventh Dimension Series by Lorilyn Roberts. With the knowledge that this novel could be read as a standalone, I embarked on reading it without knowledge of the previous books in the series. That was not the best decision on my part, partly because I now know major spoilers when I finally go back and read the rest of the series. 

 
Additionally, there was so much foreknowledge for the author to try to summarize in order to make this book a standalone that it was probably impossible for her to include everything. So while I was reading it, I was struggling to understand what was going on. The characters traveled to different times, dimensions, and spiritual locations. It was fascinating, but I did not fully understand how all of the different places correlated or the characters’ backgrounds in each of the places.

Despite my confusion, I found myself extremely interested in reading the rest of the series. I loved the characters and want to read more of them. I loved the Biblical symbolism and allegory that was present everywhere in the novel. The characters were tested through all of the spiritual warfare and experiences, and they grew. 

My biggest critique of this novel is the plot. As much as I enjoyed the characters, setting, and spiritual aspect, I found the plot lacking. It seemed more like an episode than a rounded novel. The characters sought to follow God, find Daniel’s father, and fight against their enemies. They did so, but it did not seem like a concentrated effort. It seemed more like they were wandering from one place to another, facing weird situations, and fighting the enemies they happen to come across. The novel did not seem very focused on completing a major goal, and the end was subsequently left hanging in the attempt to complete a minor goal. It was kind of frustrating. 
 

I believe that I would appreciate the story more if I had read the previous novels first, enjoying it for the pleasure of seeing the characters continue on their journey. But as a standalone, it was not developed enough to equal a well-rounded book. 

Still, I enjoyed this novel very much. I recommend it as a YA Christian fiction, although I would suggest starting with the first book, The Door. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. All opinions are my own. 


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In response to Emily’s review, 
I posted these comments on Amazon:
 
 
 
Thanks, Emily, for your feedback and hosting me on your blog. It’s very hard as an author to know what to include and what not to include for someone who hasn’t read the previous books, and I appreciate your comments. It’s also made me rethink my marketing strategy and the need to encourage people to read the earlier books instead of trying to pick up the series in the middle. That said, people will anyway, even if you tell them not to, so I tried to accommodate that possibility. And thanks for pointing out that there are spoilers, but rest assured, there is still much left to unravel in book six, and “The Prescience” sets up the final book; hence, the name. 
 
As far as the plot, the reader will already be clued in on that by book 5 and so my focus wasn’t on that, but to show how the unpredictability of life throws us curveballs and surprises and difficulties we don’t expect. As the reader reads, he will see that through the eyes of the protagonists. We all have goals we want to accomplish and dreams God gives us, but the ultimate purpose of God is to transform us into His image for the world to come.

In doing that, we struggle, we find ourselves in places we could never have imagined, and we make mistakes, but we hopefully grow in our walk. The question we should ask is can we glorify God through all the trials He gives us if we accept them as transforming moments, knowing we won’t understand how the pieces fit together until we get to heaven? God wastes nothing if we allow ourselves to be teachable.
 
So what you perceived as a lack of plot was anything but. It’s a paradigm of life and working out our salvation with fear and trembling even as God promises to give us the desires of our hearts. Ultimately, we won’t receive everything in this life we want, but we will receive what we need to become the person God wants us to be.

My goal in the series is for readers to not only enjoy a good story but to ask deep questions and ponder the enormity of what their life could become if they allow God to have full reign. I hope you will go back and read the earlier books. Believe me, you will enjoy them, and then reread “The Prescience.” “The Howling,” the final book will be out, Lord willing, sometime next year. Thanks for your review as I found it immensely helpful.
 
  
I would add to my comments above, as we use the giftings God has given us, our ultimate purpose as a follower of Jesus Christ is to help others to be redeemed. I will expand on this in my next blog post. 
 

 

 
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BOOK REVIEW: Seventh Dimension – The Door: A Young Adult Fantasy: Reviewed by GABixlerReviews

 
By Glenda on Amazon
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In an author’s note, the author shares the intended audience for this book… the debut of the Seventh Dimension Series… For every child who struggles with doubt, for every kid who has been bullied, for every teen who comes from a broken home, and for every young adult who longs to be understood — this book is for you.

Personally, I think that about covers all of us, don’t you? At least at one time or another, especially as teens, we have been one of those children she wants to reach… For many, who will know who they are, I’ll recommend this to you as a “must read!”

Shale Snyder was an unhappy girl, unhappy at home, at school, and now she’d had a curse placed on her after she had fallen, holding a friend’s dog, and it had been killed. Two years later, Judd still hated her and was harassing her, the latest by sneaking up to her in the halls of the school, touching her, and then moving away quickly so nobody noticed other than Shale who, at first, wasn’t sure who was doing this–though she had a good guess…

Now she felt like her only friend was her Diary, always opening with Dear DOG… (And although she spelled His name backward in case anybody ever read it, God listened to her thoughts as she wrote to Him…)

It was on the day that she’d found an old book she always loved, The Donkey and the King, that she found a straight pin that her mother must have lost, and started carrying it with her… that led to her becoming frustrated and angrily using that pin on the back of Judd, her enemy, who had once again been playing games.

As often happens, though, she was the one who got in trouble!

But it had started when one of her teachers had accused her in a class of plagiarizing her paper on As You Like It. By that time she was so upset that when Judd started again, she turned, followed him, and stuck that pin deep into his back!

It got much worse, she had been suspended, her parents didn’t support her, and her best friend’s parents told her she couldn’t be her friend anymore.

That was the day that Much-Afraid came… She had barked outside her door long enough until Shale followed him, on and on, but then her foot caught in a hole and she fell. When she woke up, she heard a lady talking…

Shale had crossed a portal and wound up in a beautiful garden where she found animals that could talk! She realized that they seemed to be the animals that were in her favorite book when she was a child and wondered if she was dreaming.

But she was here now, so she started talking to the donkey and discovered that, indeed, his name was Baruch. They told her she was in the King’s garden and they roamed around for a while, talking more, until…the crows came.

And they were afraid and left the garden…until they came to another garden that Baruch recognized when he had been led to meet the King…

They went on…always searching…meeting dangers…until they found themselves in Jerusalem…and discovered that Shale’s father had his home there, although he was not there at the time…

But Shale longed to find the King and, one day, they saw him in the distance… And listened while Christ, after his time in the wilderness, was tempted…

Roberts has intertwined the events of Christ’s life so skillfully that you find that you are walking in Shale’s footsteps, seeing everything new as she was… It’s magical, fantastical, and so very, very, memorable… and this is only the first book in the series!

 I’m excited about the book, a young adult story that is bound to attract young readers through the age of 99… We are all looking to find the King and in this journey into a fantasy set in Jerusalem, you may indeed find Him…

I must add this to my personal favorites for 2016…and it just might be at the top. Get this book as a gift for your teens…and read it also. It’s beautifully written and beautifully inspired. I think you’ll agree with me if you decide to meet Baruch and have him help you through the journey. Highly, highly recommended. And see my blog for unexpected happenings while writing this review…

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BOOK REVIEW: Seventh Dimension – The Door: A Young Adult Fantasy: “Screaming Within Me a Love for Layers of Meaning and Deeper Truths”

 

By K Pearson on November 2, 2016

Format: Paperback

I was gifted Seventh Dimension – The Door, as I am a huge fan of allegory. This book first came out in 2013 and is now part of a vast series.

I grew up on The Chronicles of NarniaPilgrim’s Progress, and Hind’s Feet on High Places. These works were the basis of my reader’s identity, creating within me a love for layers of meaning and deeper truths. The Door reminds me of those works, with its artful allegorical tale. The author definitely knows her genre, as I see similarities to other works, but she has taken the examples that have come before and made them her own.

The best part of this work, for me, was the strong, clear, Gospel message! As the main character, Shale, is dealing with many deep issues of anger and abandonment, the way she comes to understand her true worth and belief in the King is written exceptionally. I would highly recommend this for others who have young people dealing with these issues.

I would also recommend this as a fun read during bedtime stories, perhaps a chapter a night. A great way to get younger kids into larger books and series.

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BOOK REVIEW: “Seventh Dimension – The City: A Young Adult Fantasy,” Five Stars from Readers’ Favorite Reviewer Emily-Jane Hills Orford

 

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers’ Favorite

“Time is an illusion until God’s appointed time.” This is oft repeated, stressed, in fact, in Lorilyn Roberts’ aspiring young adult novel, Seventh Dimension: The City. And what is the seventh dimension? Mathematically, it is quite beyond our simple expectations, but if we think in God’s perspective, it is all consuming, everything and beyond. 

Shale and Daniel are off on another adventure, one that takes them into the realms beyond this world: the underworld and Hades. Evil forces are set upon luring the young couple from their blossoming faith in the Messiah, King Yeshua. Shale has spoken out about her faith at school, to her mother and her friends, even to her father, Brutus, and his frighteningly mystical wife, Scylla. 


Not all have listened, but when she’s sent on a treacherous mission across the ocean to Israel to find the scrolls she had buried in another time, another dimension, she continues to share her belief even when she feels her own faith challenged. 


It is a difficult time with her home country of the United States blacked out by some mysterious force, and the world and within Israel erupting in chaos. 

But once she meets her old friend, Daniel, whom she met previously in another time, another dimension, she is set on her course to follow him and find his father who is being held captive somewhere in Nepal. To what end? Well, that’s the adventure and it’s a real end-of-the-world thriller with all the evil forces rising up. Armageddon is nigh, but will evil prevail?

Lorilyn Roberts captures the reader’s attention from the very first line and carries the excitement to a compelling climax and resolution. Her sense of adventure parallels the adventure of learning and accepting our Messiah, in living our faith to its fullest. 


The story is one of a series, but it can and does stand alone as a powerful witness to the supremacy of our living God. An exciting read, but also a deeply emotional and thought-provoking one.


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BOOK REVIEW: “Seventh Dimension – The City: A Young Adult Fantasy”: Five Stars from Literary Classics Awards



Eighteen-year-old Shale’s name is discovered on an ancient scroll which dates back over 2,000 years. The Illuminati are determined to get their hands on the two remaining scrolls to ensure no-one learns about the truths which lie behind these documents. Shale, and her friend Daniel, risk all to ensure the scrolls won’t get into the wrong hands. As the two travel through time and space they encounter the forces of good and evil as ancient prophecies of the end-times unfold.

The City, the fourth book in the Seventh Dimension Series, is an exciting page-turner which will keep readers engaged from beginning to end. Fans of author Lorilyn Roberts’ work will continue to be enthralled by this intense supernatural thriller in which religion and science go head to head. The City is recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

Seventh Dimension – The City is a silver medalist in the Literary Classics Awards for 2016. 

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PRAISES FOR LORILYN’S BOOKS: WHAT AMAZON READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT CHILDREN OF DREAMS: “How You Can Get a Free eBook”

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I was reminded of Shattered Dreams by the Christian Psychologist Dr. Larry Crabb and the story from the Bible he uses of Naomi. She lost her husband and her two sons and had to move back to Bethlehem a widow and childless. But she is redeemed through the marriage of Ruth and Boaz, her kinsman-redeemer. That book ends with her grandson on her lap, in the city where Christ would eventually be born, of the same line as the very child she was bouncing on her knee. Lori’s story is book ended with scripture and woven throughout. Like Naomi, she is an encouragement and an example to other women who have had their dreams shattered. – Rachel Hofer, Amazon Reviewer

What a lovely testimony to the power of faith and love. This flowing story of a single mother and her international quest to adopt her daughters in both Nepal and Vietnam speaks to the heart of Christian mothers everywhere. Beautifully crafted with authentic dialogue, interspersed with elegant descriptions, as well as relevant Biblical passages, Ms. Roberts takes us on a spiritual journey, leaving us both breathless and totally engaged. What a moving story of faith and love, as well as hope and joy (which happen to be part of her daughters’ names!) The book I received for review is further enhanced by fact that it is a special edition that has all profits going to the Christian Library Project in Nepal…and the author and her daughter are traveling soon to Nepal to deliver additional donated books to the orphans there. – Sherrill S. Cannon, Award-winning Author and Amazon Reviewer

I loved this book. I read it in my downtime at work. It was a great book and very touching. I have the dream of adopting a child one day. I am 25 yrs old and have two beautiful daughters already, but I would love to adopt my third child. This book really gave me the inspiration I needed to go and adopt in the future. Thank You. – Tanya Ortiz, Amazon Reviewer

One of the best books I have ever read. It held my attention and the stories of each individual child were amazing. – Dorothy Cook, Amazon Reviewer

I read this e-book quickly. The author writes from her heart and she took me along on quite a journey! I prefer non-fiction and this is one of the best I have read in a while. If you are compassionate, you will enjoy this well-written book. I wholeheartedly recommend it. – Bess in Virginia, Amazon Reviewer

What a wonderful, heartwarming page-turner. Lorilyn is a very talented author who had a very compelling try story to tell. She relates her Christian faith and glorified her God in a very inspiring, emotional story that credits our Lord for the miracles He bestows, allowing her to adopt these precious children. 

After reading Ms. Roberts’ experiences, I cannot settle down with another book. Lorilyn Roberts is in a class all her own as a writer. I hope she will continue to write books like this. – Linda, Amazon Reviewer

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BOOK REVIEW: “Seventh Dimension – The Castle: A Young Adult Fantasy,” Five Stars from Readers’ Favorite Reviewer Paula Tran

 

 

 


Seventh Dimension – The Castle: A Young Adult Fantasy by Lorilyn Roberts describes a Jewish man, Daniel, who has been sucked into a seventh dimension. Traveling between different time periods, he is a wanted man by the Roman soldiers. In order to escape persecution and live in peace, Daniel must flee to Jerusalem, but not without complications. He constantly has to look behind his back for Roman soldiers, and has lost God’s gifts and many of his possessions. Most of all, he is being tormented by a demon, who tries to make his life as miserable as possible.

This novel will definitely be a treasure for readers of all ages. While it has a bit of a fantasy element to it, time travel and dimension traveling is always a classic page turner. However, this book is written in a more serious tone, dealing with some adult issues, problems, and ideas. The Castle also puts a whole new spin on time travel and dimension travel, with religious and cultural aspects to make it more dramatic and emotional. This book has elements that children and adults will love equally. 

I also like the way the author portrays the setting, action, and characters throughout the novel. Even in the beginning of the novel, the details are enough to allow readers to paint a picture in their minds, but not too much to bog them down. The characters are also realistic, dealing with problems that readers are able to relate to. In addition, the amount of suspense in the writing is amazing, which keeps the reader interested and turning the pages.

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Five Stars from Readers’ Favorite Reviewer Paula Tran

 
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