27 June 2017

Book Review: Amazing Adventures with Dev: His Voice, My Voice, Our Voice By Melody L. Boulton and Devon Allen Merritt

Amazing Adventures with Dev: His Voice, My Voice, Our Voice
By Melody L. Boulton and Devon Allen Merritt

We were given a copy of Amazing Adventures with Dev: His Voice, My Voice, Our Voice by Melody L. Boulton and Devon Allen Merritt in consideration of a review.

Amazing Adventures with Dev is the story of a mother and her second son, their lives together, and the loss of his life to a rare lung condition at the age of 23 years.

This book elicited some very strong emotional responses from me, especially as I tried to share some of the scenes with others.  Having also lost a child, I can understand the devastation, confusion, the questions...the endless “whys”. I can understand one wondering how one can possibly continue on without this child (regardless of age) in it any longer.  I cannot judge the way another parent processes their grief.  Grief can do strange things to a person and make a person do strange things.

Some parts of Amazing Adventures with Dev may seem strange or too “out there” to many.  It talks of reincarnation, how our souls are eternal beings, how life goes on after the death of the earthly body.  But, she is also delves into astrology and meeting with mediums and other things that I cannot relate to at all.  These things may be a turnoff to other Christians as well.  

There is no doubt this mother loves her son and always will.  I can understand never wanting to lose that relationship.  There is a strong, almost overwhelming feeling that this love has turned from parental love to worship.   I can understand intense love and I don’t doubt that our loved ones watch over us from the other side.  It seems, though, that she has made a deity of Devon.  This part of the book made me very uncomfortable.

Amazing Adventures with Dev is a book that will definitely make you think. It gives plenty to ponder.  However, unless you are very well-grounded in your faith, it may cause confusion, and may not be the book for you.  If you are strong in your faith, then you will likely find it interesting to ponder the questions that it brings up.  Shared with others, it can lead to enlightening discussions.

Because I believe that calling on mediums goes against the teachings of the Bible, I cannot give the book all five points on our one-to-five scale. This book is well-written, with only a few areas missed by a proofreader.  I will give it a four because one sign of a good book is that it elicits strong emotional responses and Amazing Adventures with Dev most definitely achieved that!

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  1. This sounds like a good book. I am a Christian, but I believe some have the gift of connecting with those that have passed. I know there are a lot of phonies, but I do feel that God does give this gift to those that will use it to heal people.

    1. It was definitely an interesting book. I think there are folks that are sensitive to this sort of thing and can feel and see things that many others cannot. The veil that is thick for others is thin for them.

      We aren't supposed to call up spirits, but if they come to us through no action on our part, I don't know that it is wrong to talk to them then. Maybe they are here for a reason. I think it is kind of scary the thought of being able to call back the dead, even if only in spirit form.

      One site that I found in a search on this subject said that it isn't really our loved ones that are being brought forth because the Bible says that they are "sleeping". It said that the fallen angels, demons, are what answer the call of the medium, disguising themselves as our loved ones. Very scary thought!

      Here are the verses mentioning that we aren't supposed to mess with such things as mediums:

      Leviticus 19:31, “Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits; do not seek after them, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.”
      Leviticus 20:6, “And the person who turns to mediums and familiar spirits, to prostitute himself with them, I will set My face against that person and cut him off from his people.”

      I do know, though, that it is a great comfort to be able to see our loved ones that have passed away. For about 4 years after our daughter Dorian died, I was able to see her in my dreams. Then, someone had me read a book that really confused and upset me, and I never saw her again in my dreams.

      Thank you and have a blessed weekend, Ellen. :)


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