How Much Do You Want It? (a sneak peek)

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How Much 4I’m waiting for the paperback proof copy to come before I hit “publish”, but I thought I’d share a little peek at what this book is all about. How Much Do You Want It? is a very short book–about 10K words–with the sole purpose of motivating teens to look for their own testimony of God. It’s one thing for us to hear parents and/or church leaders tell us Jesus is real and has a plan for our lives, but it’s another thing entirely to feel that’s true. In the Old Testament, the Lord promises “a new heart” (Ezekiel 36:26), and in the New Testament, Jesus says we must be “born again” (John 3:3).

As a devout Mormon, my love for Jesus Christ and His gospel drives all I do, but I can’t make anyone else think and feel as I do. All I can do is share scriptures from the Holy Bible and The Book of Mormon that have helped me come closer to God and share some personal experiences and thoughts. This book is very candid and conversational–not a stuffy “church book”–so hopefully any teen (or adult) who is thinking about upping the status of his or her convictions can find it easy to understand and apply. We all stand at different places in our life journeys, but if we can all be facing the Savior, then that’s all right.

Here is a sample that shows the style/tone of the book…

A simple promise is contained in James 1:5 of the New Testament: “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”

Let’s put that into modern English and break it down.

If any of you lack wisdom…. If there’s something you really want to know…

let him ask of God… pray like you mean it…

that giveth to all men liberally… because God wants to bless all of His children as much as possible…

and upbraideth not… so He’s not going to roll his eyes and tell you that’s a stupid question or that you should go away and quit bothering him…

and it shall be given him. You’ll get wisdom straight from God if you’re willing to listen.

When Jesus was on the earth, he gave a speech that drew crazy huge crowds. It’s what we now call the Sermon on the Mount. In that talk, the Lord gave the promise in a catchy little phrase: “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you” (Matthew 7:7). There’s a really good chance that most of us have played some version of Go Fish or Hide-and-Seek, or told Knock-Knock jokes—silly little children’s games that instill the idea that if you ask, seek or knock, you’ll get something out of it.

But the Lord is not playing games when He says ask, seek, knock. There is no risk that He’ll quit the game half-way through and leave us hanging. Why? Because the whole reason we’re here on this planet is so that we’ll learn how to find Him and be like Him. He wants to give, He wants to be found, and He wants to open up the heavens for all of us. How much does He want it? He’s made it His life’s job description: “For behold, this is my work and my glory, to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man” (Moses 1:39).

If our search for a testimony will get us going in the right direction, He’ll make the rest happen. That’s what He’s all about.

Prayer is more about the Asker (us) and the Answerer (the Lord) than it is about the actual request. We have to really want to know. We have to be willing to let down the walls of our mind and reach with more than words up to that Divine Maker of our souls. When we do, Heavenly Father, who loves us infinitely and perfectly, will spiritually pull us into His arms and say, “I’ve been hoping you’d ask about that. Here, let me show you…”

When How Much Do You Want It? goes live, the price will remain at the cheapest possible setting for both Kindle and paperback eiditions because my goal is not to make money, but to help lift souls to God. I’d be most grateful if you’d help spread the word about this resource to anyone you feel might benefit from this style of devotional book.

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