Out of all the wonderful children’s picture books I read in 2017, one stands out.
Maybe it’s because I have ‘God conversations’ with my little six-year-old grandson, just like the characters in the story, or maybe it’s because I was lucky enough to meet the author at a Writer’s Conference where she signed my copy, but either way, this book is a favorite. Told by a young boy, the book begins:
“Grandma, does God live in the city?”
I ask one morning at breakfast.
“Yes, God is here,” she says,
“You just need to know where to look.”
“Whenever you see love, joy, and peace, God is there,”
she says, stirring her tea.
“Whenever there’s patience, kindness, and goodness, God is there too. When you see
faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, that’s God’s Spirit at work.”
The little boy goes about his day with new eyes, and realizes that God is everywhere he looks… in the hug full of love from his grandma; in the joy he feels on the swing; in the peace of his classroom; the patience of his teacher and the goodness of a neighbor… God is there.
With whimsical illustrations by Benjamin Schipper, this book is a wonderful exploration of the nine fruits of the Spirit and how God is present in our ordinary, everyday lives. No wonder this title won the gold medal in the 2017 Moonbeam Spirit Awards for exemplary literary work for children.
Would you like to win a copy? All you have to do is visit my website and comment on the post there. The winners will be announced on that comment thread on Monday 8th January.
Thanks to Sparkhouse Publishing for sponsoring the two-book giveaway.