Peace, Beauty and Joy, Come to the Paradise!

Christian - General
132 Pages
Reviewed on 04/20/2019
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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Peace, Beauty and Joy, Come to the Paradise! by Serena Bella is an insightful and uplifting book that praises God. Have we at any point taken time to think about the fact that God is on duty constantly? He is always speaking to us in different ways, through day visions, night visions, visual images, through other people, and many other ways. God’s guidance is essential for everyone to grow spiritually, and the stories in this book are good to experience the power and presence of God in our lives. Each story comes with a beautiful message that will connect us with God in a serene and peaceful way, and enable us to perceive the magnificence of God.

The stories are simple but the underlying message in each one of them is profound and, as the title suggests, it is indeed ‘Peace, Beauty, and Joy, Come to the Paradise!’ Stefan R. Stanford’s wonderful illustrations are filled with color and radiance and they make the stories captivating to readers. Every story is filled with the glory of God and His power and presence in everybody’s lives. The stories are spiritual journeys and take us closer to God. Many readers will find the experiences in these stories relatable. If you want to know what Paradise is, then the best way to reach there is through God and the stories in this book reiterate that. The author’s lingering thoughts, musings, and ponderings through her stories will help readers contemplate God and celebrate Him.

K.C. Finn

Peace, Beauty and Joy, Come to the Paradise! is a work of Christian writing which shares stories from real life and imaginary creations, penned by author Serena Bella. It also features illustrations by Stefan R Sanford. All centered around the theme of the lessons taught by God and the ideals of hope, faith, and love, these stories are intended to inspire readers and uplift them through Christian messages. Some of the works encourage readers to imagine along with the writer, transporting them to faraway images of the beauty of nature, and into a world which is safe, unlike the modern trials and tribulations of the real world today.

The spiritual nature of the book is evident on every page, whether it be through reflections of personal experience, imaginings of paradise and the beauty which God offers, or in the powerful imagery which is both drawn by the illustrator and described by the author at various points. Stefan R Sanford presents vivid illustrations that accompany author Serena Bella’s words perfectly, bringing the world into brighter colors than reality so that we may more fully appreciate them. The Christian message is strong, filled with God’s lessons but not in a specifically biblical way, which makes the work very readable and easy to understand. I might have liked a little more clarity on how the journey itself comes about in places, but overall, Peace, Beauty and Joy, Come to the Paradise! is an inspiring work which will surely bring comfort and joy to many Christians who turn to it for support.

Edith Wairimu

Peace, Beauty and Joy, Come to the Paradise! by Serena Bella is full of heavenly treasures backed by beautiful and profound Bible verses. It chronicles the author’s journey as a child seeking fellowship with her God and her experiences even as she grew in Him. The book is divided into four sections, each containing different aspects of the author’s life and her relationship with her savior, Jesus. The four sections are Dreams and Visions, Words of Knowledge, Images of Grace, Handbook Planet Earth and Musings, Ponderings and Adventures of the Heart. Beautiful illustrations also fill each page. In each section, the author explores personal messages, dreams, and images she has experienced from God. Each page is full of color and the details are interpreted by verses that relate to each section.

The color-filled images created by Stefan R. Sanford provide a better glimpse into the author's dreams and visions. They help build imagination and they complement the text effectively. The journey offers a closer look into Serena's personal relationship with God where she shares pieces of insights. She includes her flaws and reveals the ever-loving character of God. The Bible verses included provide a foundation for the anecdotes and details present in the book. At the end of each dream, an explanation is provided which helps in explaining the specific meanings of the contents of each dream. Peace, Beauty and Joy, Come to the Paradise! is a timely book and a profound read.