by Tim Barker

“Ye three men are walking in the way of the saints of God.”

While my husband Bobbie was in the hospital last year, I met the social worker over his case whose name just happened to also be Bobbie. Anyway, we started talking and I told her I was a Christian author and a blogger with a website that does book reviews. Bobbie said her husband had written a book and she’d give me a copy to read. I told her that once I read it I’d give a review of his book. Ironically, at the time she gave me the book I was reading Jonathan Edwards’ sermon Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. That just happened to be the inspiration for his book Cabin in the Deep Dark Woods. Barker said, “Afterward I thought. Someone needs to write a story where God shows people who they really are from His perspective.”

In his preface, Barker begs the question: “Have you ever wondered what it means to be born again?” And then proceeds to give the reader a scriptural breakdown as to the meaning. Which, to me, is the basis for the entire story. As it unfolds you get the revelation of what true salvation is and what a Strong Holy Spirit is.

This is the story of three men who have walked hundreds of miles on back roads, never knowing where they’ve come from or where they’re going. The only clothes they have are filthy long gray robes covering them down to their feet. Along the “way” they were given all they needed for their journey, but sin had blinded them to this truth. They met a lady who sold shoes but they left her by the wayside with a broken carriage wheel. They met a lone traveler who they tricked out of his rations, beat him, stole his valuables to sell then left him on the road to die. They met the enemy on that road who tricked them into doing an evil deed. Therefore, their garments are filthy and stained with the blood of the innocent of which they have no conscious thought. Along the “way” they also received a wedding invitation from a servant of the Lord. As a condition, these three men had to acquire the wedding garments that were prepared for them. They had to find the wedding garment store on the narrow path and change into the wedding garments in order to be accepted into the Master’s wedding.

In a portion of this story, the writer used The Parable of the Good Samaritan as told by Jesus in Luke 10:25-37. (pg. 11) And Barker also used The Parable of the Wicked Husband also known as The Parable of the Bad Tenants; with a different spin on it but the same basic principle. (pg. 21)

Will the three find their way to the wedding garment store? Will they find the narrow gate? Will they all make it to the wedding? You will just have to purchase the book to find out. Ye Three Men Bonus Addition can be purchased at Amazon.com.

This is such an easy read for 43 pages (7 Chapters). At the end of the story, there are 7 Devotionals to match the 7 Chapters. In Appendix A, which the writer calls The Minister of the Holy Spirit, he challenges the reader to read the entire book of Proverbs for ninety days as they correlate to the day. Example: If it is January 28, you would read Proverbs 28. After which you are encouraged to read the entire Bible. Then in Appendix B is the Non-Believer’s Challenge. A Sixty Day Study. Where you will need pen and paper on your odd days to “journal your thoughts”, and on the even days to read the scriptures.

After this, you will find the first four chapters of The Cabin in the Deep Dark Woods~ A Discerner of the Heart. This is a well-written story about a Church’s annual trip to this cabin. Two of the hikers are going to meet some strangers with awesome gifts…

We give Ye Three Men Bonus Addition

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

What I took away from this book was the importance of repentance, compassion, humility, discernment, and love. How God sees to our every need if we would just take out the time to pay attention and acknowledge His love for us. How He gives us every opportunity to repent. And how pride and avarice can cause you to miss the greatest blessing of all. This is an interesting read for believers and non-believers alike.

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