Saint Nectarios Children’s Books, Seattle, WA: http://tinyurl.com/3thstnz
Who is God: a Story of Wonder and Love for Kids, by Kathleen Ruckman, Illustrated by Greg Hardin, Harvest House, 2010, 32 Pages, ISBN-13: 978-0736925709, $14.99
Annie and Adam’s children’s story of a sleepover at grandpa’s Pennsylvania farm turns into a “…adventure of fun and faith” that begins with a campout in the hayloft.
The children’s play activities with their grandpa prompt both humorous and serious questions about God, Jesus, the Bible, prayer and nature. Questions such as:
“…is Jesus God? …is God in Heaven? …who made God?”
The children’s responses made me smile.
“…if God created everything, do you mean God even created WORMS?”
“…God who made the universe came down to earth?”
“…God must think about us all day long.”
“…why did God put dots on a ladybug’s back…?”
Their fun activities reinforce the theme that though people and seasons change, God never changes. Grandpa says, “…God is like the anchor in the boat—He holds on to you—and His love will never let you go.”
The explanation of Jesus and the cross is one of the best I’ve read. After explaining that to know Jesus is to know God, Grandpa says, “The cross is like a bridge from God’s perfect heaven to our imperfect lives.”
Cute, eye-catching illustrations of the youngster’s larger-than-life eyes and smiles reflect the wonder and innocence of childhood, while grandpa’s big eyes, oversize tummy and open arms assure children of a grandparents love. However, the extraordinary caricatures of dogs, kittens, butterflies, baby chicks, chickens and fish animate and enhance the fun in this delightful story for children, five through eight.
One Amazon.com reviewer compared the book to a “suitcase packed full of biblical theology” for children. It’s that and more because of the children’s questions that lead to conversations about God and biblical values. Highly recommended.
The Washington Christian Book Review Examiner: http://tinyurl.com/6cvj94t