Neverland with Jim Dale. It’s a good idea.

Do you ever have those moments when you just have to mutter audibly, “Thank you, Lord”? I do.  They often involve a spectacular sunrise or an especially wonderful piece of dark chocolate. God loves me all the time (and you too, fyi), but these are moments when I feel like He is writing me a personal little love note.

Let me tell you about the most recent one. I was feeling just a tad bit weary towards the end of February. I blame it on Leap Year. Was that month insanely long for anybody else?

Anyway, I went to the library just to catch my breath, and low and behold, guess what I discovered – an audio version of “Peter Pan,” read by Jim Dale.

Thank you, Lord.

Stop laughing. I’m being totally serious. God knows a good book is one of my love languages.

There are few people who narrate quite like Jim Dale – Elijah Wood is one of them.  (Once again, I’m being totally serious, but I’ll save that for another post.)

Needless to say, I snatched it up in a heartbeat. Now, it took a minute for me to shift my mind from the Harry Potter Jim Dale to the Peter Pan Jim Dale. Tootles did sound quite a bit like Seamus Finnigan for a while, and Smee sounded an awful lot like Xenophilius Lovegood. But once you shift gears, it’s entirely wonderful.

If you haven’t read “Peter Pan,” please do. It’s a 5-star kind of book. And if you’re able to find it, I would encourage you to have Jim Dale read it to you.  You will want to tuck yourself tightly into bed and doze off to it, dreaming of adventures in Neverland.


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