"God never intended for life to be complicated. God never intended for love to be complicated. God never intended prayer to be complicated," Dan Ring writes in the Forward of his recently published book, "I Learning Everything I Need to Know About Prayer from a Three-Year-old."
Ring, a former winner of Gr8 Acts of Kindness, sponsored by First Community Bank and KAIT, explained the reasoning behind the book.
"The inspiration for the book came from a dark place in my life. It was a time when I was struggling over the grieving over the loss of my wife," Ring said. He lost his wife, Debbie, to colon cancer when she was 49 years old.
"Most men don't like to use this word. It's the "D" word. Depression. I was dealing with some things that I really wasn't comfortable dealing with," he said.
Ring explained that what happened next is something he will always marvel over.
"It was a weekend that I had my grandson with me," Ring recalled. "It was one week before his third birthday. He was basically three years old and I was keeping him that weekend."
The avid runner and father said he remembers the day as if it were yesterday.
"He prayed for me that evening. It was a moving experience that I will never forget to have a three-year-old lay hands on me and pray for me," Ring said with a smile.
That's when the idea came to Ring to write down his thoughts. He shares part of them in the forward of his book.
"Use this book to explore the simplicity of praying like a three-year-old. Take a step back and look at life through the eyes of a child," Ring writes. He laments about how many people work to make their prayers eloquent; when he believes God just wants to hear us speak to him like a child would.
"God never intended for life to be complicated. God never intended for prayer to be complicated," Ring said. "I make a statement in the book that if we start our days with cartoons and Coco Puffs, it's just not that complicated. That's the child in me always looking for something new."
He said the book was not difficult to write.
"It just flowed in a way that it was the way it needed to be," Ring said.
He has a book signing Saturday, March 17 at Gearhead Outfitter's Re-Grand Opening in Downtown Jonesboro from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. The book is published by Christian Faith Publishing and is available online at iTunes, Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.