Updated: Sep 28
On April 13, 2022, Lanae took her last steps on Earth and her first steps into eternity. We really have no idea, no ability to imagine, what God has in store for those who love Him. Lanae is experiencing that fullness of joy now. You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11
I first met Leanne, Lanae's mom, when she became part of my Broken to Beautiful—Transformed by God’s Power course. Shortly after the course finished Leanne contacted me to say her daughter had just been killed in a backcountry ski accident. Months later Leanne invited me to help her write Lanae’s story. Five Steps From Eternity draws you into the life of a mother grieving her loss, and the reflections of loved ones describing their own anguish. You will also read of the light of God’s love and compassion bringing comfort and hope to those in mourning.
Five Steps From Eternity is based on Leanne’s raw and emotional journal born out of deep, unimaginable grief. Leanne went from trusting God and being surrendered to His will to wanting an answer to that unanswerable question “Why?” Grief is such a distressing roller-coaster ride—trusting one moment, doubting the next, then trusting again.
Leanne and I spent days secluded in a beautiful cottage (thank you Diana) and worked on the book from morning to night. Helping write Five Steps From Eternity has been an honor—a special but also difficult assignment from God. It was heart-wrenching reading the journal with Leanne, asking for clarification on some of the entries, realizing this would re-open wounds—yet knowing God was comforting her heart.
The photo is Lanae and her precious husband, Logan. In the midst of this pain, God has brought a beacon of hope and light and joy to Leanne and her loved ones—a deeper trust in and longing for Him. They have been crushed but not forsaken.
This is a fairly recent family photo. (Lanae is in the blue coat). It was a blessing to meet Leanne, John, Logan, Alicia, and Daniel, and to see Lanae’s life through their eyes. I know the prayers of God’s people have bathed them all in a peace that passes understanding. Five Steps From Eternity has some amazing God moments. I believe you will be encouraged by this book.
Leanne said this photo looks like Lanae waving to her saying, "Hi Mom! See you soon!"
"....and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there will no longer be death; there will no longer be sorrow and anguish, or crying, or pain; for the former order of things has passed away.”Revelation 21:4
Here is the link to their website. thepaetkaus.net
Five Steps From Eternity will be available on Amazon soon.