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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite
A Gate Called Beautiful: How God Transforms Your Pain into Power by Brandon Sutton is a Christian devotional study that could change your life or the life of someone you know. This one goes deep and is of a serious nature, but Sutton finds the light and shines it amidst the pain. Though this is a memoir-kind of story, it's also designed to be shared, with a "To" and "From" at the beginning, as if it's to be passed on after being read, or given as a gift. The structure of the outline is 44 days and begins with an introduction and testimony, and with photos to accentuate events as the author relays them. From the outset, you know this is going to be an honest book in which the author lays his soul as bare as he can, because he adds his mugshot, causing you to wonder, "What did he get himself into?" Point by point, Sutton explains what happened and leaves in the messy parts. The crux of his story is that God can take something bad in your life and turn it into something good if you only trust in Him and believe.
Sutton conveys his life and the points he wants to make in a personal, inspirational tone, one that is brutally frank, but uplifting. There is nothing more hurtful than being accused of something you didn't do or being punished for a crime you didn't commit. I like the way the author uses biblical passages and examples to illustrate his message, and this will be encouraging to readers who need to hear it. With clear details, Sutton explains how he was arrested for something he didn't do, and the ramifications that came with it. He was a teacher, a family man, and was innocent, and his world was torn inside out. But there is a bright side to the story, all pointing to God's plan, and Sutton is gifted in how he tells it and uses it to help others. A Gate Called Beautiful: How God Transforms Your Pain into Power by Brandon Sutton could be the key that unlocks the door to your new way of thinking--possibly your new life.