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I Know What Heaven Looks Like: A Modern Day Coming of Age Story

I Know What Heaven Looks Like: A Modern Day Coming of Age Story is the debut creative nonfiction novel by Lawrence Richardson. This page-turner is beautiful; it’s painful; it’s shameful; it’s faithful; it’s real. Whatever your views are on faith and the afterlife, if you’ve ever felt like you were in a fog and needed hope, this book will wake you up.

Comparable to books like Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye and Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being A Wallflower, I Know What Heaven Looks Like takes readers on the journey of a lifetime. We meet and fall in love with a precocious child who comes of age enduring challenging circumstances. His ability to leave his former life behind in order to embrace a different reality will inspire even the skeptics to pause. If you ever need a reminder that anything is possible, this is it.

I didn’t want to stop reading! This story is captivating all the way through. It makes you question humanity, examine your own life choices, while thinking about God and how it all relates. This is a must read! Real life stories that are truthful, raw, and honest like this one, make your world a bigger place. I am impressed by the authentic self shared in this book, calling each one of us to be our truest self created by God. -Peggy

This is a powerful and beautiful story about a resilient person growing up outside the narratives that are prescribed by American society. Loved it. -Nathan Roberts

This book is deep and fulfilling. It speaks of life’s real moments, and the resilience of the human spirit. Praise God for Rev. LT!

Whether you’re coming to terms with your sexuality or any other aspect of yourself as a human being, I highly recommend this heart-wrenching story of healing and progression toward embracing your highest self.

About the Author
Lawrence Tanner Richardson, a Minnesota native, is a pastor, writer, leadership coach and public speaker. You can find out more about his life, work and ministry by visiting

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