|Faith and the Magic Kingdom|
Every once in awhile, you come across something that just clicks. For me, Randy Crane's newest book Faith and the Magic Kingdom, was that something. I found myself constantly nodding my head in agreement and thinking "Oh Wow!" at many points within the manuscript.
Here, we gain a rare glimpse into the heart and mind of the Author. Enjoy Randy Crane's personal take on his own Faith and the Magic Kingdom:
Like a lot of people, I grew up with Disney movies, and I lived just a few miles from Disneyland. (In fact, most of my childhood I could see the Disneyland fireworks each night.) But there was more to it than that.
Various members of my family were ill when I was growing up. My Grandma lived with us for the last several years of her life, and I helped my parents take care of her. My Mom was sick several times as well, and I helped take care of her, too. I even quit my first job to be home so she could have major surgery without worrying about who was going to take care of Grandma. I was always a little adult, and had to grow up very fast and mature a lot faster than one would typically expect of a child. A lot was expected of me. "With great power comes great responsibility." I had the responsibility part, anyway.
At the same time, when I was in third grade my parents were told to be very careful and watch me closely because I was gifted and highly emotionally-sensitive. If they weren't careful, my teacher told them, I was at risk for serious emotional and maybe even psychological issues. So I learned, subconsciously for the most part, to be careful about that part of my emotional nature.
Because I was capable of so much, for which I'm grateful, was nurtured and encouraged by my family and had the responsibility I did, I was a perfectionist. I expected a lot of myself, never wanted to let anyone down, and knew that in some parts of my life (especially the health of my family) there was no room for error. So my standard became 100% all the time. That ís a very exhausting way to grow up.
As a young adult, Disneyland became the place where I could "recapture my childhood," reconnect with the emotional side of myself I'd buried, and escape in healthy ways. It was also the place I could consistently spend time with my best friend, Andy, and so weekly trips became the norm for me. And the more I went, the more I loved it!
Going as often as I was, eventually there has to be more to a visit to Disneyland than "ride the rides, see the shows, meet the characters, repeat." So I started looking deeper--at the stories, the technology, and the "why's." As I did, I started to see connections all around me. Spiritual truth. Life lessons. Ways to help make people's lives better, and their life in Christ more vibrant, more meaningful, and more practical. But it does no good if I keep it to myself. I want it to be part of your visits, too. What we experience in every trip to Disneyland--whether we realize it or not--can have a significant impact on our lives.
I truly believe that these lessons and reminders can revolutionize your life in Christ while giving you a greater and deeper appreciation for "The Happiest Place on Earth," Walt Disney's original Magic Kingdom. And that's exactly why I wrote "Faith and the Magic Kingdom".
Disneyland is all about story, and God is a God of story and of visual aids. "Faith and the Magic Kingdom" combines your favorite Disney theme park attractions (and more) with God's story of love, turning the park into a 3-dimensional parable. Learn to see Disneyland in a whole new way while you experience true abundant life in Christ. "Faith and the Magic Kingdom" will refresh you, challenge you, and encourage you to be the person God made you to be.
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