The Kingdom Has Arrived Volume 1 Foundations

Snippets from a Wild Ride - A Prayer, A Poem, A Prophecy

Non-Fiction - Memoir
168 Pages
Reviewed on 08/23/2020
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Author Biography

Amy Jean is a dreamer, a poet, mother, and writer, sharing compelling stories. As a poet and writer, she has written numerous books. The Kingdom has Arrived: Foundations Volume 1, her debut memoir is a compilation of poetry and prose that details her mystical and otherworldly encounters, including physical manifestations, visions, locutions, prophetic dreams, and apparitions—be inspired and discover your authentic self by following along on a spiritually enlightening journey using the My Insight Journal that accompanies Volume 1. Be sure to read two more of her books; Side Steps Terrorizing Sound Bites and A Step Back, a forthcoming thought-provoking book that is a continuation of the first two Side Step books. Amy’s first two Side Step books received numerous five-star reviews. Experience Scripture coming to fruition to warm the hearts of humanity in The Kingdom has Arrived Volume 2: Passion’s Fire.
Amy is an entrepreneur and spent several years growing a cleaning company in NC. She recently started Jean Publications, LLC, and seeks to share forward-thinking, unique works of art that inspire and propel humanity towards universal liberation. Specifically, creative writing and artistic masterpieces offering bold new thoughts leading society to a brighter future where all lives matter. When she is not writing and working, she enjoys spending time with her three grown sons and two daughters-in-law.
Learn more about Amy and her books at www.amyjean.live

    Book Review

Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite

The narrative form of the memoir is very common, and Amy Jean’s The Kingdom Has Arrived Volume 1 Foundations is a welcome departure as it combines essays and poetry to look back at her spiritual formation and the divine inspiration that led her to write it. “It may not be 100 percent accurate, but it’s my story, and I’m sticking to it,” Ms. Jean writes with conviction, as her first-person account of miracles, dreams, and apparitions have given her the epiphany of her own life being written in biblical history—a life story worth telling that can inspire self-discovery. The poems and essays are linked to biblical passages related to events in her life. The death of her dog, of her mother, severe medical problems, the move to Philadelphia, and meeting her husband are among the pivotal points that have amplified her Christian faith.

Amy Jean effectively combines the use of religious and existential imagery in her essays and poetry. Complemented by the brilliant illustrations of Eric Savage, her story is about the aesthetics of applied faith in experience—her idea of how a memoir should be written. The Kingdom Has Arrived Volume 1 Foundations is an emotional and spiritual construct designed to touch the hearts of its intended audience and to renew faith in their lives. Her poems have varied formats and structures with respect to aesthetic innovation, which is typical of a modernist writer. Her supernatural experiences with the divine may appear ungrounded, but she writes it as it is, and she doesn’t fear reader disagreement. This memoir is an unexpected but confident piece of work.

Lesley Jones

Many of us ask the question, 'why are we here on earth, and what is the mission we are to accomplish?' With so much negativity, disasters, and tragedies in the world, we sometimes feel disconnected from what is important and, instead, chase material objects and wealth. In this unique debut memoir, The Kingdom Has Arrived Volume 1 Foundations, follow author Amy Jean's life journey from childhood, marriage, and parenthood through her personal stories, insights, and poetry. Amy shares her innermost thoughts and the extraordinary events that set her on a path of true enlightenment. Filled with hopelessness and lack of direction, Amy began to open her heart to God and found the answers to many questions that had been eluding her. The events that occurred are profound, miraculous, and inspiring. Even facing the judgment of those closest to her, Amy knew she was on the right path to complete self-awareness. "Everybody has a story in the Bible waiting to be lived, to unfold, to ignite their life, to be told, to be shared, to inspire others."

This is a very brave subject to tackle, and I admire Amy Jean's courage to share her personal experiences with others. I thought the brutal honesty with which she opens her heart in the face of incredible judgment and opposition was inspirational. The Kingdom Has Arrived Volume 1 Foundations is refreshingly candid, and the subject matter will not only uplift you but also teach you valuable life lessons along the way. There are many heartbreaking moments throughout but also emotive and compelling ones too. I feel many people would relate to her feelings of despondency, and I thoroughly enjoyed sharing her journey to enlightenment and the realization that all the answers she had been looking for were within her grasp. I thought her insights into the Universe and allowing our instincts and imaginations to thrive, were amazing. The poetry was exquisite and beautifully written. The Preface to Volume 2 sounds as intriguing as the first book, and I look forward to reading it.

Tammy Ruggles

The Kingdom Has Arrived Volume 1 Foundations by Amy Jean is a supernatural-based memoir of a psychological and spiritual journey. The author, through poetry, imagery, and prose, shares her own journey of faith, self-discovery, and personal connection to the Bible. An easy read, it begins with her childhood and her grandmother's faith. She guides you through her soul-awakening odyssey with colorful illustrations to highlight several scenes. It's clear above all that she wants you to get a sense of her spiritual life, and it's obvious that she has had rich fantasies, and is willing to share some of them. The part about her return to the corporate world is compelling as well. There are many takeaways in this book such as it is possible to find hope and light in today's chaotic world through Jesus Christ. The Bible offers relevant advice for your life today.

The author's choice to tell her story in a mixture of poetry, prose, images, and biblical verses is a wise one, as it captures the spiritual and abstract nature of her life story. Most people would buckle under some of the stresses and strains of her life (illness is just one example), but it served only to draw her closer to Jesus Christ and strengthen her faith. The writing in her book is honest and personal, especially her account of being in a mental hospital, and very New Age in some cases (trances and out-of-body experiences), but always pointing the reader toward answers and purpose. I like how each section has a title, making it easy to find certain passages if you want to go back and read them again. I like how she encourages readers to share their own stories. I appreciate the love she has for her sons and how she corresponded her life events with Bible verses, which shows that she has seen and felt connections to her faith in good times and in bad. Even if you aren't religious or think her stories are too hard to believe or can be explained psychologically, this memoir will make you wonder about the spiritual side of life and could set you on your own path to truth and self-discovery. The Kingdom Has Arrived Volume 1 Foundations by Amy Jean shows how relevant the Bible can be in any life situation.

Edith Wairimu

The Kingdom Has Arrived Volume 1 Foundations: Snippets from a Wild Ride - A Prayer, A Poem, A Prophecy by Amy Jean shares her life experiences and faith. Jean begins by looking back at her childhood and moves to her teenage and adult years. She remembers with nostalgia the role her mother played in teaching happiness and love to Jean and her sister. She also shares about different facets of her life which include her spiritual journey, education, career, and family life. The memoir also includes quotations from biblical passages. Some parts of Jean’s life are expressed through prose while others are told through poems. In the poem “Abandoned and Lost,” Jean shares about times she felt an overwhelming sense of loss during her college years. Jean includes intimate moments that she has experienced throughout her life.

I loved Amy Jean’s candidness. She shares about her thoughts, perspectives, feelings, and also includes her ups and downs. The memoir is filled with many wonderful moments including those she spent with her parents and sister while growing up. Her struggles, disappointments, and mistakes also appear. I also loved that the memoir combines prose and poetry which makes it engaging. The poems are written in different tones that capture the narrator’s emotions. Some poems bring out Jean’s anguish while others are narrative poems that recount her experiences. The memoir also includes a variety of images that enhance the accounts contained by portraying characters, objects, and events. The Kingdom Has Arrived Volume 1 Foundations is a thoughtful memoir that reflects on Amy Jean’s life and faith.

Mamta Madhavan

The Kingdom Has Arrived Volume 1 Foundations: Snippets From A Wild Ride - A Prayer, A Poem, A Prophecy by Amy Jean takes readers on an engaging and interesting faith journey along with the author where she makes them see God is love and the Kingdom is now. This book will inspire readers to seek God, live their passions and dreams, and find their joy daily. The author's childhood stories and riveting experiences during her journey will reiterate the presence and power of God in everybody's lives. She speaks about trying God during her crisis and how she experienced physical manifestations, visions, prophetic dreams, and apparitions which led her to discover her own life written in biblical history. This book is a good tool to teach readers to live abundantly in God's Kingdom.

What I really liked about this book is the way it has been formatted and presented. Here Amy Jean brings out her creativity by making it a mélange of personal stories, illustrations, poems, and prayers that reach out to readers from various walks of society. This makes it a good book to teach children as well as adults about the miracles God can deliver. It can also be used for Bible classes and in schools, making readers aware of the grace that is spreading and the glory of God shining everywhere. Eric Savage's bright and wonderful illustrations add to the radiance of the author's words. This is a delightful book to have on a personal bookshelf. The Kingdom Has Arrived Volume 1 Foundations is about self-discovery, inner healing, faith, love, understanding, embracing life, and with an awareness of what God wants for everyone.