Reckless Pursuit: Ch. 4 – How ‘Bout A Do Over?

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There’s my little girl, doing what she does best – entering her world of make-believe. Sometimes she’s a princess. Sometimes a tomboy. Sometimes she’s several characters at once, all having conversations with each other. She can transform herself into anything she dreams up and enter a world far from here.

This time she’s the damsel in distress. I love her imagination, creativity and the drama she brings to her environment. She’s our “Anne of Green Gables” (a movie character who seemed to continually initiate drama because of her emotional reaction to her world).

As fun as it is to watch Reagan live out life like this – sometimes we don’t need the extra drama. Sometimes, life has plenty of it on its own.

The following is a snapshot excerpt of the upcoming book…

Reckless Pursuit: God’s Story of Relentless Love – Chapter 4: How ‘Bout A Do Over?

Immediately, my entire world was altered. What meant everything just a couple moments before now had absolutely no value at all. There are no words to describe the fear that consumed my heart. Nor, the horror of watching this scene play out in complete disbelief and yet fully knowing what the end result would be.

Have you ever been here? In the midst of your worst nightmare with no way to stop it. It’s not a dream you can wake up from. It’s not a childhood game of make-believe that can be instantly restarted with the call for a “do over.” No, this is real and terrible. It can’t be escaped no matter how much we run or hide or self-medicate.

What do we do then? Where do we turn? What options do we have? And what do we do with God?

Reckless Pursuit is currently being prepared for publishing. It will be made available to the public early this fall. Keep coming back here for more updates and teasers.

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Reckless Pursuit: Part 2 – How We Ended Up Here

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Reckless Pursuit: God’s Story of Relentless Love is in its final stages of production and will be made available early this Fall. As we move toward announcing its arrival, I will be posting regular teasers straight from the content of the book. Today’s snapshot look at Reckless Pursuit comes from Part 2: How We Ended Up Here.

Panic! Fear! Dread! Unbelievable anxiety began mounting as a young mother began imagining the worst. It had now been hours since anyone had seen her four year old little boy. The father had been called home from work, the neighbors had been notified and rallied, the police were on hand and the regular baby-sitter was even brought in to help look. Still, nothing.

Some time earlier, the four year old boy and his six year old brother had been playing hide-and-go-seek as their mother picked up the house. After several rounds of their game, the oldest called a timeout for a potty break. Seeing his opportunity, the four year old snuck off to hide as his older brother went into the bathroom. When he came out, the little boy was gone.

He called and called but there was no answer. He looked in all his brother’s favorite hiding places with no success. Then he told his mom. She looked and called, as her anxiety grew with each passing moment. They retraced every step and looked in every possible hiding spot but her little boy was nowhere to be found.

The search now had to be expanded and fearful questions began to emerge. “Did he go outside? If so, where? Why? Who could have come into contact with him? Had anyone seen him? Was he OK? Did someone take him?”

Sometimes nothing is as it should be. Sometimes the world spirals off into our worst nightmare. What then? Where do we go from here?

Keep checking back for more from Reckless Pursuit.

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