‘Closet’ by Eric John Swanson

September 29, 2013

9499881[1]At first, it took a lot of concentration to follow the story. It started with a
prologue about a man who is out of work and depressed, but loves books.    He stopped in a used book store while shopping with his wife and felt compelled to read an old book. Against his wife’s wishes he purchases it though he didn’t really have the money to do so. While his wife was cleaning up the supper dishes and getting ready to put their son to bed, he decided to read this strange book.

It made strange suggestions, of which he followed, he saw a glow from the coat closet and when he went to investigate, right before his wife’s eyes, he was sucked in by something. She couldn’t save him for she almost got captured also.  She grabbed her son and fled. Candles he had lit around the house burnt down and caught the house on fire. The dark rubble remained many years later and nobody had purchased the property.

The story continues as the son is now grown, with a wife and son of his own. However, he is depressed because he is graduated from seminary at the university and his other classmates have positions, but God has not opened up a position for him anywhere. He is discouraged with life. Nothing has turned out as he expected. He is displeased with his lack of success in the ministry, with his wife, with his son and, most of all, with God – who he feels must be against him. One day he encounters a woman who leaves a book near his feet. He tried to catch her but ended up taking the book home which leads to many horrifying and frustrating experiences.

I understand some of the messages the author wants to portray but I do feel he went to the extreme in doing so.  To me, it was too incredulous.

The story did not have a smooth “flow”.  It was sometimes repetitious.

The main idea, I think, was when we are discouraged and negative thinking, it allows us to succumb to evil.   At this point, evil can take over our lives. At least that is my conclusion.

Key points: discouragement, faith, doubt, “tampering” with negative things, appreciation, positive vs. negative, disabilities, pride, patience.

At first I was doubtful but in the end I decided this does rate Three Stars.

I was generously sent this by the author for an honest review, of which I have given.

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