The Gates Ajar or Our Loved Ones in Heaven

The Gates Ajar or Our Loved Ones in Heaven Phelps was the author of fifty seven volumes of fiction poetry and essays A Singular Life is one of her best known works The Gates Ajar is one of her major works It begins One week only one week

  • Title: The Gates Ajar or Our Loved Ones in Heaven
  • Author: Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
  • ISBN: 9781417925254
  • Page: 168
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1868 Phelps was the author of fifty seven volumes of fiction, poetry and essays A Singular Life is one of her best known works The Gates Ajar is one of her major works It begins One week only one week today, this twenty first of February I have been sitting here in the dark and thinking about it, till it seems so horribly long and so horribly short it has been such1868 Phelps was the author of fifty seven volumes of fiction, poetry and essays A Singular Life is one of her best known works The Gates Ajar is one of her major works It begins One week only one week today, this twenty first of February I have been sitting here in the dark and thinking about it, till it seems so horribly long and so horribly short it has been such a week to live through, and it is such a small part of the weeks that must be lived through, that I could think no longer, but lighted my lamp, and opened my desk to find something to do See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.

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    1. I just finished reading this for one of my university modules. I didn’t think I was going to like it as much as I did, it has been a pleasant surprise (though not so much so because my lecturer is just THAT good at choosing books).I am not a spiritual person, though I have read a lot about Buddhism and I feel somewhat of a connection with it. I do not believe in God and in many ways this book was so far from my understanding of life. However, I enjoyed the conversations between Mary and her au [...]

    2. A classic allegory of a young woman's journey toward Spiritual Maturity (a Pilgrim's Progress type journey). Set in the North East United States during the Civil War, the main character: "Mary Cabot" faces the loss of her beloved best friend, mentor and brother "Royal". Elizabeth Stuart Phelp's portrayals of characters is masterful and engaging. I love Elizabeth Stuart Phelps use of Holy Scripture throughout the book in her explanations of heaven and life hereafter. Elizabeth Stuart Phelps began [...]

    3. This is another book that I found out about when researching the public's reaction to death in the Civil War, and read so much about it that I ordered a print-on-demand copy from . I don't know if it's quite right to say that I really enjoyed The Gates Ajar, but I was fascinated by it. The contrast between the arguments for a materialist view of heaven, complete with religious and philosophical backup and counterpoints for almost everything, and the sharp characterization of Mary, a grieving her [...]

    4. I read this for research for my 19th century novel-in-progress. Described as "Spiritualist" it wasn't what I was expecting, rather lengthy descriptions of what heaven may be like, enveloped in a journal of a young girl whose brother died in the Civil War.Phelps was a great advocate for social reform, anti-vivisection, temperance, and the emancipation of women. She was also involved in clothing reform for women, urging them to burn their corsets in 1874.

    5. First published in 1868. Intended to provide comfort to all the women who had lost husbands, sons, fathers, brothers in the Civil War. Greatly influenced the view Americans had/have of heaven.

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