Author Brad Wilcox writes about becoming a more faithful Christian

Published: Saturday, April 12 2014 5:00 a.m. MDT

In another section highlighting the importance of self worth, Wilcox tells about a child who approached his wife, a nurse, and asked if she remembered him? She did not, which dismayed the child.

"I'm sorry. Where would I know you from?" she asked.

"The child pointed to the hospital and announced, 'I was born here!' "

Wilcox hopes the humor will help the book feel more enjoyable and inviting. He hopes it will portray Christians as having a positive tone and outlook on life, he said.

"If you can laugh at it, you can learn to live with it," Wilcox said. "I think that humor helps us keep perspective. It lets us not make mountains out of mole hills. Humor also helps us build relationships with others. It brings down the wall between people and helps us cope with trials and problems."

Other parts of the book convey a more reverent tone. In one chapter, Wilcox writes, "the farther we progress along the path of Christian discipleship, the steeper it becomes," alluding to lessons gained through adversity. Many people see God or religion as a vending machine where you insert coins and receive a blessing or are saved from trials, Wilcox said, which is not the case.

"Too many times we raise a clinched fist and say, 'Why me, why now, why this, when I put all the money in the machine and no soda came out?' We get mad at the very time we should be extending an open hand to receive the grace that heaven is so willing to offer," Wilcox said. "If we recognize that God is not a vending machine or a servant who comes when we summon him, we can learn that he is a teacher, and his goal is not always to make our lives easier, but to make us better. Sometimes the hardest teachers are the ones that teach us the most. While the path gets steeper, the blessing is found in knowing we are not making that climb alone."

Writing the book forced Wilcox to examine and honestly reflect on his own life, he said.

"Can people see Christ's light through me? It forced me to think, and that's what I hope it will do for others," said Wilcox, who also emphasized this passage in the book: "The question for 7-day Christians to consider may not simply be, 'What would Jesus do?' But rather, 'What would Jesus have me do?' Those who have the courage to find and act on such answers will surely experience the Savior's transforming power."

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