cover image Dear God: Honest Prayers to a God Who Listens

Dear God: Honest Prayers to a God Who Listens

Bunmi Laditan. Zondervan, $24.99 (192p) ISBN 978-0-310-35916-6

Laditan (Confessions of a Domestic Failure), a contributor at Huffington Post, shares an insightful collection of poems, prayers, and letters to God. With an irreverent writing style and a whimsical sense of humor, Laditan ponders a vast array of questions, such as why God doesn’t perform more “flashy” miracles and why he created spiders: “I respect you, but I don’t think spiders were your best work.” She also touches on more serious issues, including forgiveness (“Forgiving someone who isn’t sorry feels like washing a car that isn’t mine”), grace, anger, acceptance, and loneliness (“Dear God, I feel so alone. This must be getting old for you. Please come get me. Please come get all of us”). While many readers will appreciate Laditan’s forthright approach, some may have difficulty parsing her more cryptic musings: “Dear God, I didn’t love because I confused you for your children on their worst days and equated you with buildings. You are so much more.” Even so, her heartfelt prayers of gratitude, sincere supplications, and transparent confessions will strike a chord with any Christian: “Thank you for healing me. As you continue to stitch my heart together, please use forgiveness as the thread so that I stay soft.” Readers who enjoy the work of Ann Voskamp should give this a try. [em](Jan.) [/em]