Three Prayers for Jacob

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About the Book

Interview with Vance

Q: What is the book about?

It's about Detective Jacob Burton. He feels God should be fired as ruler of the universe because he is terrible at it.

He's angry at God because his daughter, who loved God, was killed in what he feels is a senseless car accident. He goes as far to call God an idiot.

How does God respond to such brutal honesty? God gives Jacob three prayers to change anything about his past he wants to. In other words, God lets Jacob play God to see if he can do better.

He goes through car chases, gunshots, and grief to find out if he can. What he endures, mainly from his own decisions, helps him appreciate everything God does to bring as many people to Him as possible.

Jacob is also heavily involved in a case involving an elusive criminal while learning all that God has to teach him.

Q: Why did you write this book?

I wanted to do something that would help people deal with the horrible things that can happen in our lives. This story holds Biblical truths that can enable people to do that.

Q: What inspired you to write this book?

God showed me four things as the basis for this book.

First, one of the main threads in my science-fiction series was that we should never limit God by what we imagine Him being capable of especially since He is not limited by time as we are. Ephesians 3:20 tells us [He] is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.

The second idea was about suffering and the role God plays in that.

These two thoughts led me the third which was to wonder if it is possible to pray about something that has already happened. (I’ve no clue if we can or if we’d even know if we did and He answered that prayer).

The fourth idea was that ever since I wrote my non-fiction book about Heaven, I’ve been looking at life with more of an eternal perspective.

Those four concepts came together for the premise for this book.

Q: What are some special things in this story?

I like the way Jacob slowly evolves during this story to arrive at a place of peace even while enduring great loss.

Writing this was a lot of fun and I think that comes through in the story. I liked how little things earlier in the book tie into aspects later on that turn out to be quite important and surprising.

Q: How will this book help people?

People suffer horribly in this life. It often makes us wonder if God cares about us. This book will help people trust God through those difficult times even if they don't understand the purpose for them.

This story can help people develop a stronger eternal perspective. Having that can strengthen your faith to withstand anything.