A Gate Called Beautiful

How God Transforms Your Pain into Power

Christian - Devotion/Study
206 Pages
Reviewed on 03/17/2021
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Author Biography

Brandon Sutton, author of A Gate Called Beautiful: How God Transforms Your Pain into Power, received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) in 2008 and a Master of Applied Social Science Degree from FAMU in 2009. Born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Brandon is a follower of Christ and a Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Miami Hurricanes, Heat and Dolphins fanatic!He has previously served as the Program Coordinator at Ascend at the Aspen Institute, Legislative Aide at the National Community Action Foundation, intern for Congressman David Scott and Social Studies teacher at Broward County Public Schools.In 2016, Brandon founded The Sutton Family Foundation, an educational nonprofit with the goal of providing students with the academic resources they need to become outstanding scholars and productive citizens.Brandon currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife and daughter. For more information about Brandon and his writings, visit BrandonJSutton.com. You can also follow him on Instagram at Instagram.com/Brandon_J_Sutton

    Book Review

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.

Daniel D Staats

Brandon Sutton has created a true classic in writing A Gate Called Beautiful. His work is destined to join the ranks of Augustine, Spurgeon, Chambers, and other great devotional authors. Brandon starts by sharing his personal, ongoing testimony of how he was falsely accused, arrested, and continues to struggle with arrest for a sexual crime of which he is innocent. Then, Brandon goes on to share 44 days of devotions which are insightful as well as inspiring. He hits the nail on the head every day. He is biblically right on. He encourages trust in Jesus and seeking Him as our Refuge and Rock. Brandon’s life and his book bring honor and glory to God our loving Father. He shows how, even in our darkest hour, God is with us and equips us for the battle.

The structure of A Gate Called Beautiful is well laid-out. Brandon Sutton starts with the important things that have happened in his life and how he was blindsided by a student’s false claim of inappropriate conduct. He divides the book into his testimony of the grace and goodness of God, then gives three divisions of the devotional section: 1) “Trusting God During Uncertainty,” 2) “Trusting God as You Wait,” and 3) “Trusting God During Resurrection.” Throughout this devotional, one will see the hand of God and how God uses everything that happens to work for the good of those who love Him. Brandon was able to endure his suffering because he allowed Jesus to be his strength and believed that he could do (and endure) all things through Christ. Great book.

Mamta Madhavan

A Gate Called Beautiful: How God Transforms Your Pain Into Power: A 44-Day Devotional Memoir by Brandon Sutton is an engaging and thought-provoking book that will uplift readers over the next 44 days to experience God with renewed vigor. Reading this book is a good way to re-establish their relationship with God and learn to place their faith in Him. The author's phases of going through anxiety, grief, and doubt, and how inspiration was born out of despair will inspire readers to be open to the many ways God will provide them with during their struggles and adversities. The book has been divided into three sections; Trusting God During Uncertainty, Trusting God As You Wait, and Trusting God during Resurrection. The tools and suggestions are good to understand the power and presence of God in everybody's lives, and it shows readers how He can turn everything that is meant to harm them to prosper them and change their pain into power.

A Gate Called Beautiful gives good insights. Brandon Sutton is very honest and straightforward when it comes to sharing his journey, his thoughts, and his emotions that will help readers look into themselves and make positive changes in the way they think and perceive life. Reading this book is also a good way to help readers turn their pain into power by seeking strength in God. The author will also help readers feel God in the midst of their pain with his words, and to understand how doors of redemption, doors of opportunity, and doors of prosperity await them. Readers will find themselves seeking refuge in God more and more once they finish reading this book so that they can find their own victory and peace. The author's words will fill readers with positivity and make them recognize God's blessings in their lives. The book is also a good way for readers to evaluate themselves, the people in their lives, and eliminate things and people that add weight to their lives and make them unhealthy.