Seventh Dimension - The Door

Seventh Dimension - The Door

A Young Adult Christian Fantasy

Young Adult - Sci-Fi
231 Pages
Reviewed on 01/24/2013
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Author Biography

Lorilyn Roberts is a Christian author who writes children's picture books, adult nonfiction, memoirs, and a young adult Christian fantasy series, Seventh Dimension. The first in the series, The Door, was just published (October 2012).
Lorilyn graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Alabama, which included international study in Israel and England. She received her Masters in Creative Writing from Perelandra College and is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature.
Lorilyn is the founder of the John 316 Marketing Network, a network of Christian authors who are passionate about promoting books with a Christian worldview.
To learn more about Lorilyn, please visit her website at http://lorilynroberts.com or blog at http://lorilynroberts.blogspot.com. You can follow her on twitter at http://twitter.com/lorilynroberts.

Book Review

Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite

"Seventh Dimension" by Lorilyn Roberts is a book that puts us right into the thick of today's society. Everywhere you look these days, there are hurt feelings, broken homes, cheaters, bullying, and all sorts of negative self-doubts.

Shale Snyder is a girl who has been a victim of what happens in society today. Emotionally, she has been damaged, thanks to bullies and torment in school and a broken home that left her abandoned. Like many others in her situation, she longs for something else deep down and she hopes to someday find what it is she is longing for.

Then one day in an Alice in Wonderland type-twist, Shale is transported to a garden. In this garden she meets a donkey and a rabbit who both talk. They tell her something about the garden and the King whose garden it is, until evil transports them and pulls them into the seventh dimension. There Shale must learn several lessons and look to within herself as she does so.

This is a book that will make you think. While it is geared towards young adults and teens, it can certainly convey its message to an adult audience as well. Lorilyn Roberts writes a book that is unique and intriguing. The message of hope and love is clear. It is a story of healing and being able to accept love even if you think you are not worthy of it because everyone is worthy of love. The message in this book alone makes it worth reading for anyone. I would especially recommend giving it to someone you might know who is hurting. Maybe they suffered from bullying, too, or just need a hand in guidance.

Trisha Dawn Daffon

"Seventh Dimension - The Door" is about hope, faith and love. Shale Snyder had a bad childhood memory and this caused her pain for some time. Not only that, her world was already painfully limited. She has only known three teenagers of her age and only one of them is truly her friend. The rest despise her a lot. While growing up, her mother remarries and they move out of their previous house. Things are getting worse for her and just when she thought it is going to go overdrive, she suddenly finds herself in a different world - one she has never thought existed. There she meets interesting new friends and more. In the end, this adventure has brought in her a change which can make a great impact in her life, only if she accepts it.

I love everything about this book. The way it is written is as clean and pure as the story itself. The characters? Well, they are well-developed and are very fitting for the story. The other elements in the book work perfectly together. I can feel myself being carried to their world and I can see me going through what Shale is going through. That is how effective everything was in the book for me. As for the story itself, I find it so original. It is different from the other stories. I consider this as a fairy tale except that what I feel towards it is unique and it has something to do with how realistic it is no matter how fictional the situation is. Hope, faith and love: these were what transcended while I immerse myself in his beautiful world. Really beautiful.

Jack Magnus

Shale Snyder is a troubled teen who grew up without a father and has not adjusted well to her mother’s recent marriage to her step-father, Remi. When we first meet her in "Seventh Dimension" by Lorilyn Roberts, she is tormented by the memory of a dog she accidentally killed several years ago and the continuing hatred of that dog’s owner, Judd. Things come to a crisis when Shale stabs Judd with a straight pin believing he had physically molested her in school. The principal wants her expelled, and a school psychologist is called in to administer a number of tests. Shane is angry and hostile, and just a little scared. She realizes that her mother and Remi are at their wits' end, and the final blow comes when her best friend Rachel sends her a note saying that Rachel’s mother has forbidden her to be friends with Shale any longer. Feeling adrift, unloved and totally abandoned, Shane follows a stray dog out into the woods. She trips on a stone and wakes up in a fabulous garden filled with flowers, crystals and animals who seem to be able to communicate with her.

Shale’s adventures in this strange land form the bulk of this Christian fantasy. It is fun to watch her learn to appreciate and care for her animal companions, Cherios the bunny, and Baruch the donkey. It is fascinating to explore with her the exotic locale. Shale finally gets to meet her father in this alternative place and time, though even here he is rarely at home, and his newest wife is a wicked stepmother worthy of a Grimm brothers fairy tale. The "Seventh Dimension" is filled with historical details of Christ’s life, teachings and miracles, and the descriptions of the desert, the marketplace and the Sea of Galilee made this reader feel as though he were there with Shale. This is both an entertaining and edifying tale and well worth reading. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will be looking for other works by Ms. Roberts.

Maria Beltran

"Seventh Dimension – The Door" by Lorilyn Roberts is a young adult fantasy novel about the adventures of Shale Snyder. Bullied at school and a product of a broken family, she finds herself in an unusual situation when she is transported to a garden paradise. She meets a donkey and a rabbit there who inform her that she is in the garden of the king himself. There is trouble in the garden, however, and Shale escapes to the seventh dimension together with a dog. More adventures await her in the amazing place where she finds herself. And in facing them, she is forced to look inside her heart. Hungry for love, will she finally find it here?

What is surprising about this young adult fantasy book is that although it is a fantasy story, it manages to deal with the issues that confront our young people today. Shale Snyder, the main character in the story, personifies many of the problematic young people in our present society. This makes her a real person to me. Because of her background, she longs for real love and she looks for it subconsciously. The talking animals make this story a fable and I can imagine that it will be an entertaining read for young people. In "Seventh Dimension", I think the author Lorilyn Roberts intends to give young and rejected kids some hope that they will find what they are looking for some day and hints where to find it. And the reader also gets the extra bonus of going through a very entertaining book that will surely tickle their imagination. There is no doubt that this book is a must read for people of all ages.

Debra Gaynor

The Seventh Dimension: The Door was written by Lorilyn Roberts.

In “The Seventh Dimension” we meet Shale Snyder an intelligent teenager with fortitude. However, life was not easy for Shale; she had problems, among them is a bully. Her only solution: ran away from home. On her journey, she fell and hit her head leaving her unconscious. Shale saw a door and walked through it into another dimension where she encountered animals she can communicate with. Underlings chase her from the garden, forcing her to seek safety by going through a portal to the Seventh Dimension; she found herself in ancient Jerusalem where she meets Jesus. Her experiences changed her life forever.

I really enjoyed “The Seventh Dimension.” Author, Shale Roberts is a very talented writer. She is a master at characterization. My favorite part of this tale was her ability talk with animals. The attitude of the animals can teach us much. Baruch, the donkey teaches us to find contentment in our situation. Other lessons are strong faith, letting go of fear, humility, and forgiveness. I also enjoy the manner in which she faced her own fears and insecurities. “The Seventh Dimension” is a Young Adult Christian Fantasy. Although written for young adults this book will please the older crowd also. I hope this becomes a series.