The Kingdom Has Arrived Volume 2: Passion's Fire

Snippets from a Wild Ride - A Prayer, A Poem, A Prophecy

Non-Fiction - Memoir
248 Pages
Reviewed on 09/03/2020
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Author Biography

Amy Jean is a dreamer, a poet, and a writer with a story to share.

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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

The Kingdom Has Arrived Volume 2: Passion's Fire: Snippets from a Wild Ride - A Prayer, A Poem, A Prophecy by Amy Jean is a memoir that beautifully documents the protagonist’s journey of faith and her intoxicating love for God. In this memoir, the author demonstrates that God is present even in the simplest of experiences. What is most striking about this book is the perspective the author brings to her human experience; whether it be an experience of joy or of pain, she reads it in the light of the scriptures that she seems to master so well. In her memoir, the author sheds light on the prophecies in the books of Isaiah and Revelation.

The book is filled with illustrations and they are very symbolic, and then there is the exciting and rich poetry that fills some of the pages, poetry that measures the pulse of the author’s life and the seasons of her soul. The Kingdom Has Arrived Volume 2: Passion's Fire illustrates the fact that we can embrace our destiny as creatures destined for heaven while on Earth. This book is a powerful testimony that God’s kingdom is already here and that we can live it in our hearts. Amy Jean’s thoughts are intimate and they show the strong link between her life’s purpose and the workings of God’s grace in her life. The writing is a mix of prose and poetry and it is sprinkled with biblical allusions, an invitation to readers to see God in their own lives, and to embrace a path that leads to the true freedom of sons and daughters of God. I loved how well the poems are illustrated and the depth of the writing.

Jose Cornelio

The Kingdom Has Arrived Volume 2: Passion's Fire: Snippets from a Wild Ride - A Prayer, A Poem, A Prophecy by Amy Jean is a spiritual memoir that beautifully documents the author’s journey of faith. It is a powerful story of the author’s life narrated through the light of faith. Amy Jean shares her struggles, capturing moments like a period of illness lived as an experience of Christ’s passion. There are simple gestures like being asked to be treated to ice cream in Waxhaw by Charles and such moments transport the protagonist into a spiritual experience where she imagines herself being treated by Saint Joseph in Heaven, taking her out for a treat. The memoir is filled with personal stories of joy and pain and how they are revelatory of the ultimate calling of union with God.

The Kingdom Has Arrived Volume 2 is written in both prose and poetry and at times it is the author’s use of imagery that captures the pulse of her heart and her worldview. Here are lines from one of the poems that describe the movement of her soul: “Halfway between Heaven and earth is where I’m in my perfect light; / Just you and me soaring one level out of sight; /Floating just above the surface is where I want to be.” The writing is filled with biblical allusions and references and the reader quickly understands how deeply the author’s life is steeped in God. Amy Jean writes and sees the world with different eyes, like one born on Earth but not of the Earth. This is a story of faith, of love, and of a person’s understanding of God’s grace in her life, shaping and guiding it towards fulfillment in God. It will inspire many Christian readers to lift their gaze from the mundane things of this world to focus on the light of Heaven.

Lesley Jones

In The Kingdom Has Arrived Volume 2: Passion's Fire, Amy Jean once again shares her personal stories, poetry and recollections, and the remarkable visions which were the catalyst for life-changing decisions. In this volume, the focus is on human relationships and the importance of concentrating on love, not material possessions. The author looks back on her first relationship and revisits the feelings and emotions she felt. She shares her heartfelt road of discovery as she questions many important aspects of her life and the decisions she has made. When did she allow her needs, beliefs, and confidence to disappear into the background? Has she made the correct decisions in her relationships or are those choices going against God's will? Using passages from the Bible that connect with her personal experiences, follow her journey as she attempts to reconcile her past and ensure her future life's direction is in accordance with God.

After reading Volume 1, I felt compelled to read more from Amy Jean. Her deepest thoughts and feelings are exposed once again in such a refreshing and powerful manner. I definitely found her reflections on feeling conflicted between what you experience in the world around you and the path of love and goodness that God wants you to lead. Her visions were extraordinary and extremely powerful and I found her strength of character admirable in the face of such judgment from others. The inner conflict she faced was written with such emotion that any reader would relate to her pain. I loved the amazing encounters with Jesus as she enters the upper room of her mind; the visions and life lessons she gained were incredible. The spiritual revelations are insightful and inspiring and clear away any indecision and confusion regarding your life's goal. If you are new to tapping into your inner spiritual voice or understanding how to use intuition to benefit your path in life, then The Kingdom Has Arrived Volume 2: Passion's Fire by Amy Jean is a wonderful memoir to read.

Gobi Jane

The Kingdom Has Arrived Volume 2: Passion's Fire: Snippets from a Wild Ride - A Prayer, A Poem, A Prophecy by Amy Jean is an inspirational memoir that explores the author’s spirituality and the theme of the presence of God’s Kingdom on Earth. In this memoir, the author shares her encounter with God through good and challenging times, demonstrating to readers that God’s Kingdom isn’t something that is yet to happen, but an experience we are living and we just need to shift perspective to perceive it in its fullness. Readers will get snippets from her life, including family, work, prayer, and friendships. And the astonishing thing about a life that looks so ordinary, a life that many can relate to, is the fact that it is filled with the face of God.

I felt initially that this book is confusingly written, but as I moved from page to page, I understood that it has a logic of its own. It is sprinkled with spiritual poetry that is beautifully illustrated and evokes strong spiritual images that can also guide readers on their personal growth and experience of God. The Kingdom Has Arrived Volume 2 is very evocative of the prophecies of the books of Isaiah and Revelation and I loved how the author read real-life experiences as signs of the time and how she allows the experience of Christ to speak to her unique life experiences. Amy Jean’s work is creative and I enjoyed the insights and the poetry, but what I found most inspiring is the ability to allow God to speak through different situations.

Vincent Dublado

Passion’s Fire is the second volume in Amy Jean’s The Kingdom Has Arrived series, after building the foundations of her faith-based memoir in the first installment, where she works on the structural components to reinforce the solidity of her life experiences. As she dedicates this book to those who are driven by love in making life decisions, the gist of this memoir stems from living a life that embraces God’s grace and the felicity of divine messages she observed from other people’s experience. She has no trouble seeing heaven with her mind’s eye. She communicates with a Higher Power and gets answers through affirmations in the things that she does. She puts emphasis on the power of belief as a healing mechanism and as a locus for transcending physical, mental, and emotional pain with God as her Healer.

Deliberate simplicity is employed in Amy Jean’s poems, yet part of their appeal is that they can sound incantational. Whether she is describing the dome of a church or relinquishing control to allow Christ to take the helm, they will prompt you to reflect upon your own notions concerning faith in a society that is becoming more secular and modern. In the same vein, her personal essays are explorations of the self-consciousness of spiritual operations. Whatever is your personal attitude toward religion, Passion’s Fire can be considered a social phenomenon that merits scrutiny. It is a provocative work that proposes a return to spiritual renewal, as it presents belief correlating with attitudes on personal and social issues. This memoir is a challenge to recognize the importance of faith in modern life and to prod others into seeing religion as an important component in our lives.