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For the past several months, I’ve been slowing making my way through a really cool book that focuses on two of the things I’m passionate about – Disney and Christianity. Even though I’m not even quite half-way through it, I’d like to tell you all about it.
About the Book
- What does the Indiana Jones Adventure have to do with integrity?
- How does the Mad Tea Party demonstrate the importance of focusing on Jesus?
- What can Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters teach you about success?
- What makes Tom Sawyer Island unique, and how does it set an example for taking risks as a Christian?
- What is the history of the Partners Statue, and what does it teach you about how much God loves you?
Disneyland is all about story, and God is a God of story–and of visual aids. Faith and the Magic Kingdom combines your favorite Disney theme park attractions (and more) with God’s story of love, turning the park into a 3-dimensional parable. Learn to see Disneyland in a whole new way while you experience true abundant life in Christ.
Faith and the Magic Kingdom will refresh you, challenge you, and encourage you to be the person God made you to be.
About the Author
Randy Crane is a highly-regarded speaker, presenting engaging and thought-provoking messages on a variety of topics. He has a natural rapport and connection with audiences that makes them relate well to him, engage in his presentations, and come away with a fresh understanding of the subject at hand.
As host of the “Stories of the Magic” podcast, Randy is a natural interviewer and makes those he chats with comfortable enough to open up. He uses these same gifts as a life and personal development coach.
Randy grew up in the church, but—like many others—wandered away from the faith for a time in high school. Now, he is an ordained minister, with both a Bachelor’s degree in Church Ministry (emphasis in Preaching) and a Master’s degree in Congregational Leadership from Hope International University in Fullerton,CA. He has been preaching and teaching since 1998, and has been a drummer/percussionist on church worship teams since 1992. He married his wonderful wife Faye in November of 2000.
It is Randy’s desire that God uses him to bring people to a greater understanding of the Truth in a way that doesn’t merely sound good, but that makes a real, deep, lasting difference in their lives.
Heidi Says . . .
This is not your typical Disney travel guide or book of facts! Rather than devouring it like I do many Disney-related books, I’m savoring this one. I’m reading it in small chunks – which is the way it was meant to be read and appreciated. I just love how Randy has taken the attractions at Disneyland’s Magic Kingdom park and tied them in with aspects of the Christian faith. The book reads like a devotional, and each section is refreshing and uplifting!
The book is divided into 10 main chapters, based on the various sections and lands of the park. Then, within the chapters are subsections – one based on each attraction. Randy has an uncanny gift of tying in the premise behind each attraction with a Biblical principle that relates to it. Scripture verses are included throughout. Each subsection serves as a devotional, and it ends with a Kingdom Thinking section. These sections include personal questions to encourage the reader to think harder about their personal life and faith journey.
Disney lovers will enjoy this book, but Christians who are Disney lovers will find it especially enjoyable. I will not be able to experience some of my favorite Disney attractions now without thinking of how they relate to my faith! That will make my visits to Disney even more exciting and meaningful!
Faith and the Magic Kingdom can be purchased at Amazon.com. At the time of this writing, the paperback version is available for $17.99, while the Kindle version is $9.99.
I’ll leave you with the book trailer:
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