A memoir of one man’s journey to be closer to God.
In his debut, Lane discusses the events that led to his being “saved” and its positive effect on his life and his family. As a child in Nebraska, Terry writes, he participated in church but was never fully involved: “I never felt any spark from God or the pastor about his teaching or the way it was presented….I felt like I was in a wilderness with no guidance.” However, he does recall some wondrous signs early on, such as a vision of praying hands in the clouds, which foretold the important role that faith would play in his adult life. His family eventually moved to California, and he went on to meet his wife, JoAnn, in college at Fresno State. They took jobs and raised children but never found themselves drawn to the church until their young son urged them to do so. Soon after, they both experienced terrible dreamlike visions of a beast in their home, and Lane called on God in a way he never had before: “I learned in an instant of salvation how to also rebuke the Devil at the same time,” he writes. Lane was “saved,” he says, at the age of 34, and the rest of his memoir revolves around his witnessing to others and recounting times when he believes God directly intervened on his behalf. Lane never delves into theology, or his own emotions, very deeply or seriously, which leaves this short book feeling a bit light. However, the excitement he feels for his faith shines through in his straightforward prose. When describing a near-fatal childhood encounter with a moving truck, for example, he mixes humor and a verse about guardian angels: “ ‘[T]hey will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’ Or get run over by a big diesel truck!” Throughout the text, Lane seems to be constantly in awe of what he sees as God’s impact on his life, and his playful, charming tone makes his amazement personable and entertaining.
A concise memoir about salvation that Christian readers will find approachable and affirming.