Rev. Dr. Thomas Dickelman at Lake Forest Book Store
The Lake Forest Book Store host lRev. Dr. Tom Dickelman, founder and co-minister of the Community Church of Lake Forest & Lake Bluff, IL as he celebrates the publication of his new book.
Lake Forest, IL 60045
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In our home there is a small nook built into the wall, about 12” deep and wide and 20” high. Sitting peacefully inside, as if designed for it, is an untypically thin, smiling Buddha adorned with faux emeralds and diamonds. Appearing comfortably cross-legged beneath the glow of a hidden light, Buddha radiates a welcoming vibe to all who walk past. We bought Buddha for $10 at a garage sale.While I’m typically not a “garage sailor,” I will be forever grateful we stopped by a neighborhood sale one Saturday when my wife Jean and I found Buddha. Why? Because it’s one of the best things that’s happened to my prayer life in a long time. You see adjacent Buddha – sitting in the base of a window about two feet away – is a Tibetan Prayer Wheel I purchased in Kathmandu in 2015. And one day with no real forethought I began a ritual that has stuck – when I walk past, I touch Buddha’s outstretched hand and spin the Tibetan Prayer Wheel while offering a one-line prayer to God of what is foremost in my mind.
“Lord, may your healing presence be with Sue as she battles cancer.”
“May Kate and Annie have a safe trip this summer.”
“Help me understand how to help Ted right now…”
It’s become such a valued ritual that I literally cannot walk past without touching Buddha’s hand, spinning the wheel, and saying a prayer. It goes without saying that an ordained Presbyterian minister with universalist leanings serving an independent church praying multiple times each day by touching Buddha and spinning a Tibetan Prayer Wheel from Kathmandu may be a little wacky.Welcome to my world. It’s a world where our church has no building, members, or committees. Where each summer for 4 months we worship on the beach. Where there’s no choir but we’re known for spectacular music. Where our flavor of Christianity intentionally respects and honor other traditions, exemplified by our omnipresent prayer flags. Where business principles have driven much of the unlikely success we’ve experienced. And where amidst our wackiness, we continue to blossom. I love the Buddha and Prayer Wheel ritual because it evolved organically. With every prayer, I stay in touch with what matters most in my life. It helps me be who God calls me to be. And, as with all prayer, it doesn’t necessarily change things – but it does change me. “Amidst the smorgasbord of tidbits I’ve compiled, my hope is that you will find a meal.” In Garage Sale Buddha, you’ll find a little bit of everything. Compelling stories from 4 decades of ministry, and the unique kind of wisdom that results from someone who’s charted an uncommon life course.
Author's proceeds benefit the Community Church of Lake Forest & Lake Bluff, IL
Tom Dickelman is the founder and Co-Minister of the Community Church, and a speaker and consultant to businesses, churches, and not-for-profit organizations. Tom's family includes his wife Jean, three adult children, and a bevy of animals. He has no free time, but that's because Tom has convinced himself that golfing, sailing, and playing ukulele are all doing ministry.