A simple invitation to play can open our eyes to joy and call us back to an intimate relationship with God.
Do you remember when you first fell in love? When you fell in love with Jesus, was it much the same? Did you spend countless hours poring over Scripture? Did sleep suddenly seem mundane as you rose at pre-dawn each day to meet with him? Was every sunset an expression of his love and did every sermon hold a secret message just for you? Isn't this the place we all long to return to within our spiritual lives? We desire the bliss of an intimate, unrestrained love relationship with God.
Playdates with God is a story of how God woos us back to our first love. Biblical and contemporary stories explore how God uses various human experiences and sensations to draw us closer into deeper intimacy with him. It's the story of how a simple invitation to play can open up the eyes to joy . . . even in difficult circumstances.
|Publisher:||Abilene Christian University Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)|
Table of Contents
In humble gratitude 11
Preface: the blue flower 15
i Trampoline 23
ii Born: let's play outside (of the box) 29
iii Seesaw: when you can't find the rhythm 37
iv Bird-watching: the joy of beginnings 45
v God's suitcase: the wild joy of wonder 55
vi Super Soaker: when life feels dry 69
vii Castles, ziplining, and zorbing: redefining adventure 85
viii Love story: yada, yada, yada 99
ix Happy ending 113
x Hide and seek: when beauty is hard to see 129
xi Rain, rain, go away: when you don't feel like playing 147
xii Hammock: why you're never too old for naptime 161
xiii The wonderland of God's love 177
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I started reading Playdates with God as I was reading several other things, and that was a mistake. If you're familiar with Laura's blog, you know there's not a lot of bang-clash to her written voice. Thank God. I get tired of bang-clash, and Laura's voice travels like fog, like mist, like dappled sunlight, like the tinkle of piano keys from some unseen place up the hollow. There's a poetic, ethereal, almost haunting quality to it. It isn't the kind of voice that will assert itself or rise easily above the din. It's a lot like our Father's: still, small. I say all that to say: you'll want to carve out space and time for this book. Inasmuch as I do not think it's best read when one is reading ten other things, I do not think it's best read in one sitting, or when one is in a hurry. It reminds me a bit of Ann Voskamp's One Thousand Gifts in that it includes a million little profundities-- examinations of scripture, quotations from great thinkers, grains of truth, nuggets of wisdom--that are impossible to digest quickly. I do find Laura's writing tighter and more succinct than Voskamp's. Each chapter of Playdates with God can be enjoyed independently of the others, and the book can very nearly be considered a collection of essays on a similar theme: seek God through the rediscovery of your childlike (or newlywed!) heart. I do recommend this book and plan to reread it in the ways I've suggested, above. More than that, though, I recommend your continued attention to this author. She can write anything (essays, research, fiction, poetry, etc.), and she can write it well. If I were to prophesy a bit, I'd tell you her best work is yet to come and that it will deliver a quiet punch unlike any we've experienced since Jeannette Walls' The Glass Castle.
In a time when we being rushed, stressed and hurt robs us of times of play, this book comes as a refreshing and gentle reminder to allow God to woo you back to Himself. This book brought to mind the many times I saw God in the midst of an ordinary day, which then became extraordinary. Laura has written beautifully about the ways in which God met her and brought her joy and faith to new levels as she engaged with Him. Her stories will awaken a desire to just be, be with God and love Him ever so deeply. This is a book which I will read again & again, taking the time to savor and find Him anew.