During the early stages of writing Live ABOVE the Chaos, I took my young daughters to an event that required me to wait an hour in the hot sun. That’s when I spotted a giant oak tree. Artistically gnarled and well established in her old age, she beckoned me out of the intense heat and into her shade.

As I entered the haven of her dappled light, I remember hearing a distinct crunch underfoot and looked down to see what I was walking on. I was literally standing on a mattress of acorns several inches thick! I was being cooled by a mama oak tree shedding acorns at an immeasurable rate.

Standing there under that beautiful oak, I received a vision for my book.

What if I filled the pages with so many seeds that readers would hear the crunch of acorns as they turned the pages? What if God would use those acorn-sized thoughts to produce immeasurable spiritual growth in each reader?

I wrote the book I would want to hand to any person who has:

  • questions about why God allows suffering,
  • discovered their faith is too weak to handle the stress and strain of life common to us all,
  • has questions about Christianity, or has
  • recently decided follow Christ.

Do I provide comprehensive answers to all of life’s big questions? No.

Do I provide enough answers to settle a tired soul and inspire to investigate further? I hope so.

Do I explain all there is to know about how God controls the chaos of difficult circumstances? No.

Do I provide enough information so that a person can start to see how God uses difficulties (even tragedies) for good? I think so.

Do I reveal all there is to know about what it takes to stay on the path of spiritual maturity? No.

Do I present enough of an understanding that a person can begin walking more closely with Him starting today? I believe so.

Have fun reading my first book. I wrote it for you, whoever you are.




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