A Review of
Playdates with God: Having Childlike Faith in A Grownup World
Reviewed by Zena Neds-Fox.
Laura Boggess starts her spiritual memoir Playdates with God with one of the most resonant spiritual dilemmas. Sehnsucht – a German word best translated as nostalgia or a deep longing for a far-off home. Or as CS Lewis puts it, “our best havings are wantings.” The blue flower – the desiring of some lasting, perfect thing to fulfill us. The hum in each person that reminds them, whether or not they want reminding, that they were made for more. That propulsion towards God is the journey Boggess takes us on; how she recognized it, how she entertained it, and what it has taught her, going down the roads it lead her to.
Playdates is quite readable, and though Boggess cites philosophical sources as her inspirations, she writes in an uncomplicated way that makes walking with God seem as plain as everyday potatoes. She’s a simple girl, admittedly so. When trying to locate what it is that will satisfy her soul, she lands at falling in love and all the giddy feelings that come along with it. She sets out to fall in love with her creator, over and over again, through a series of, as she calls them, playdates.