I have to admit, when our dad contributor Wade Wingler told me that he wrote a book over the weekend I was skeptical. (Ok, my first thought was, “Wow, you make me feel really sucky as a writer,” but then the skepticism came after.) I mean, how good can a book be if it was written in one weekend, right?
Well, I was pleasantly proven wrong with Wade’s new book, God Plays Trombone. (Thank goodness, too, because it sucks when you have to tell a writer friend that you didn’t like their book.) I really don’t know what I was thinking, Wade’s writing for Prime Parents Club is amazing. It just goes to show you what you can do when something is put on your heart and you sit down and put your mind to it. You write a great book in two days. (Yes, I’m still bitter.)
God Plays Trombone takes us through Wade’s religious history, starting with his “simple country Christian roots” in Indiana and follows through with questions about the Christian faith. Through the joys of life as well as the pains–death, divorce and more–Wade seeks answers to his questions through different religions and practices. Trying to meet his spiritual needs at different stages in his life, he finally comes face-to-face with a purple and pink spandex-wearing God in a vivid dream, and in this “psychedelic revelation” finds some answers for himself.
“…without a doubt and unshakably convinced that I’m standing face to face with God. There are no Angels playing harps. There are no pearly gates. He’s not seated upon a throne. He doesn’t look a bit like either George Burns or Alanis Morrisette. But I know, deep downa nd with all of my being, God is holding a trombone.”
If you have been in a place (or are in a place) where you’ve questioned your religion or spirituality, pick up Wade’s book. The chapters are short, so it’s easy to read bits and pieces throughout your busy schedule, and it’s an interesting viewpoint from someone who’s done a lot of religious “leg work.” It may just give you the answers you’ve been looking for all along. And, if not, it will give you a great visual of how God appears to some.
God Plays Trombone [Kindle Edition]
Not a sponsored post. Just a review.