I recently finished the book Dear God by Bunmi Laditan. It’s a collection of prayers to God and makes an easy read. But don’t let that fool you as to the depth in which these prayers go. Few books I’ve ever read capture such brilliant extremes of both humor and raw honesty. This book will show you why it’s important to also read authors who aren’t white males.
Not only does the reader feel a connection to the author throughout the book, I could not help but feel closer to God as I read through her prayers. It feels like a modern-day book of Psalms (with a bit more humor).
Here are a few examples:
Dear God, Sometimes, all the time, daily, every five minutes, I look at the world and know exactly why you flooded it. Me
Dear God, I want to be a better person, but sometimes the past feels more real than the present or even the future. How do I move on from who I've been to who I want to be? I hope heaven is nice today. It sucks down here, as usual. Love, Me
Dear God, You sent your son to die to show your love. That's intense. Van Gogh cut off his ear to show love. Couldn't you have just restored the Garden of Eden? Maybe put an electric fence around the tree? Sometimes I think, If you'd let your son die, what will you let happen to me, who is not a blood relative? Your kind of love scares me. Me
Dear God, I feel like we're playing chess. I make a move, then you make a move. Except we're in the dark. And I'm crying. Other than that, this is fun. Me
Dear God, I don't know if I love you. I respect you. I understand you're in charge. I captialize in all of the right places out of deference, but I don't know you as a Father—more as a distant king. Even after the miracles, something is missing. I can't manage to stay close to you. Either you're slippery or I'm bad at holding things, but I feel like you're a million miles away. Anyway, just wanted to be honest. Me
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