One of my favorite pastimes is reading books, and more specifically, books written with some type of organ transplant storyline in them.   Then I began sharing those books with others by writing book reviews of those readings and making them available along with the growing list of such books on various web sites such as TRIO’s where you can see the latest update at

Sampling of Transplant books library

Among the most recent non-transplant special readings is the novel, The Barn Dance by James Twyman.  What an interesting storyline!  As the cover teases us with: “Somewhere between heaven and earth, there is a place where the magic never ends . . .” and in reading I was reminded of yet another very special novel, The Shack, with a similarity in story but of different authors.  In his introduction, James Twyman introduces this as his own true story, bu in reading, I can’t tell if it really is or was that his way of making the fictional novel seem more real/interesting.  When you read it, post your thought about that back here for all of us to share.

In The Barn Dance, two lovers meet after the death of his wife and without giving away any of the story, allow me to quote something that touched me deeply from their dialogue, a message that goes beyond human love with its message of how God loves us without limit.  The departed wife is describing how she feels towards her husband in this strange “between heaven and life” encounter:

She is speaking: “And now I can love you in an even deeper way.  I’m not bound by the same emotions I was on Earth.  Now I can see you in a way that defies all those limitations, and love you for who you are in truth . . . just like God does.”

He replies: “You said that yesterday as well, but I’m not sure I know what you mean.”

She continues: “It means that I can love you without conditions.  That’s the highest love there is, and that’s why I say that it’s the same as the love of God.  God doesn’t love us for what we’ve done or who we may someday become.  God loves us because we are created perfect, and what God creates perfect remains perfect no matter what happens.” . . .

Book: The Barn Dance

(I continue . . .) And it goes on even deeper and in a very beautiful way, describing a very positive and hopeful God that I have found in my own life here on earth.  I hope and pray that you too can find that in your own life, wherever that may be.  Go and find this wonderful book and you can continue that particular thought from the bottom of page 143…  and then ocme back and share your answer to my earlier question about whether the story is the author’s real life experience or not.

Read on to my next post about another very intriguing book . . .