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I really love the lessons presented in this story. I typically devour a good book; this book I had to savor bit by bit and contemplate in between bites. "Prairie" has given me much to think about, dream about, and pray about, and certainly challenged me to alter my thinking on time and contentment.
Excellent read - highly recommend!
The book is about Jessa from Pittsburgh who wakes up one day in the prairie. She has no idea how she got there but has all her memories. After wandering all day,she is finally found and taken to the town, which has no name. It is just Prairie. There is no concept of addresses, time, chronological age, other languages, TV, movies,many modern conveniences, money or certain holidays such as Christmas. Most everyone is Christian but all are sinners just like us. They just live in a much kinder way with each other. Jessa wonders if she'll wake up back in her old life (even though she likes Prairie better); then for a while she wonders if she has lost her mind, but eventually comes to grips with her new life in Prairie. Throughout the story she is befriended and loved by the residents of Prairie who help her learn the ways of this new life. While the storyline is quite good on its own, there are several lessons in the book worth pondering in our own lives.
1. Contentment - don't waste your life wishing it away. Savor the experience. Reject discontent and wait for the
2. Hospitality vs. entertainment. Anyone can entertain a guest. Hospitality requires you let someone into your
family, not just your home.
3. It's wrong to invest so much emotional energy into regrets. The past can't be changed and your present and
future are gifts. We don't need to let our mind dwell on the past. Close that gate and send your thoughts
down another path.
4. In Prairie, the culture of the people was to speak their heart with loving gentleness. The people were even
more likely to say something uplifting as to address a failure.
5. While we are all sinners, only Satan is the villain. We should overlook the sin when we can, forgive upon
repentance and keep no record of wrongs.
6. Premarital sex/ unwed motherhood is a sin. Neither the man or the woman has the right to take what should
belong to future spouses. The baby is innocent and to be cherished as a gift from God. The woman is to be
supported, not condemned. The man bears the greater responsibility. Both need repentance and forgiveness.
7. Don't allow the weeds of sin, anger, cynicism, despair or loneliness to crop up and flourish in the gardens of
our hearts. Their seeds are planted in our hearts. Don't water them but pluck them out before they take root.
This book stayed in my thoughts for a long time. It is better as a slow read with time to think about the concepts. I did enjoy it very much.
It's an amazing story that embodies the true Christian values. I went to sleep quite envious of the community that Jessa found herself. So envious that it consumed my dreams the entire night. When the morning came, I was confused and suspicious of the same community.
I have never been as affect by a book. It's taken me several days and a few emails to come to grips with what I experience. Being on the other side I can honest say that it was well worth the journey.
If you haven't read this book you should feel disappoint. If you know anyone that hasn't read this you should have sympathy for them. I'm not saying that I'm a better person for reading Prairie (Journey of Dreams) but I do know myself better. That's thanks to the amazing words of Chauntona Havig. Do yourself a favor buy this amazingly inspirational novel.