The surprise on his face was priceless. As he walked into our house, he stepped into his story. Entering our home, Allen was greeted by “Ryder” the watchman character in his book (played by none other than David Hetzler).
The rest of us were dressed in Bohemian attire.
We started with our one-on-one discussion, which is where the miracle of connection happens at Jericho Girls’ gatherings. The question was posed: “What kind of life do you want—a safe, predictable one or a story filled with mystery that forces you to lean into God?” And the conversations began.
Next, the Bohemian fellowship rooftop celebration commenced. We asked Allen questions, shared how his book transformed our lives, and Allen spoke about his own self-discovery in the process of writing this book with God.
And I must share a few snippets of our conversations because it was just too precious and rich not to.
“Scars scare us. Yet trying to hide or forget the painful parts of our story takes away an essential aspect of our identity.”
“Our purpose is to not only do life with God but also with others. Jesus said that this is the greatest commandment. Love God, love others.”
“I lost my mom as a young girl and I had given up on God. Allen, your book helped me to rediscover my true identity: I’m a daughter of God. And I’ve been searching for this my whole life!”
“Allen, the most pivotal moment for me in your book was when you said, ‘Help people see their stories in new ways. You can’t rescue people from their choices. That is the Creator’s role.’ My sister struggles with mental disease. What was so freeing for me was realizing that I’m not called to fix her. I’m supposed to be a guardian and help her step into her truer story.”
“If the best we can do during challenging times is hunker down and hope for something better and easier, we miss living fully in every season of life. The time to trust and risk is now. Faith isn’t needed at the victory party after the battle has been fought. It’s needed in the middle of the “not yet.”
It was a night of tears, laughter, and heartfelt transformation. Each one of us inspired and ready to step into our own stories and begin to see them with a fresh perspective.