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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
The narrative form of the memoir is very common, and Amy Jean’s The Kingdom Has Arrived Volume 1 Foundations is a welcome departure as it combines essays and poetry to look back at her spiritual formation and the divine inspiration that led her to write it. “It may not be 100 percent accurate, but it’s my story, and I’m sticking to it,” Ms. Jean writes with conviction, as her first-person account of miracles, dreams, and apparitions have given her the epiphany of her own life being written in biblical history—a life story worth telling that can inspire self-discovery. The poems and essays are linked to biblical passages related to events in her life. The death of her dog, of her mother, severe medical problems, the move to Philadelphia, and meeting her husband are among the pivotal points that have amplified her Christian faith.
Amy Jean effectively combines the use of religious and existential imagery in her essays and poetry. Complemented by the brilliant illustrations of Eric Savage, her story is about the aesthetics of applied faith in experience—her idea of how a memoir should be written. The Kingdom Has Arrived Volume 1 Foundations is an emotional and spiritual construct designed to touch the hearts of its intended audience and to renew faith in their lives. Her poems have varied formats and structures with respect to aesthetic innovation, which is typical of a modernist writer. Her supernatural experiences with the divine may appear ungrounded, but she writes it as it is, and she doesn’t fear reader disagreement. This memoir is an unexpected but confident piece of work.