The book started in a way that gave me some hesitation “I love my children, what more can I say? To me, you are perfect in every way.”
I had to stop and think on this as right off the cuff it tells children that they are perfect...and no one is perfect except for God. Does God love us perfectly? For sure. BUT we are NOT perfect. It fits the rhyme well, but it's not an accurate statement. And one that a wise parent would explain to a child what that means, and how God does really see us.
The rest of the book was simply just a fun read. It showed us how much God loves us and delights in us as the pinnacle of his creation. He delights in us as parents delight in their children. I really liked this line “your goodness and mercy help others to see your heart is a partial reflection of me”. Isn't that what we are called to be? A reflection of our Lord and Saviour?
The book ends with a reminder that God will love us forever. It is so good to be reminded there is so much more to this life than just living, as children of God we are loved forever and nothing can separate us from him.
I loved the work of Laura Watson in the book. She did such a lovely job at illustrating. I can well imagine myself sitting down with a young child and talking together about the images on the pages. Saying things like.. Did you know that God loves you even when you are on a swing? How about when you are the beach.. what kind of things do you think you could find on a beach? Can you think of somewhere else you can go or do that shows how God loves you?
About the author
P. K. Hallinan has been creating books for children since his wife first asked him to write for their two boys more than 30 years ago. Today Hallinan writes uplifting stories about holidays, relationships, and life values. “When I started this project, I felt that God told me to ‘Just let children know how much I love them.’ So I asked Him to speak the words Himself, through my heart, and I would put them to paper. And I believe He did this. This book’s message reinforces the presence of God in a child’s life by showing how God manifests Himself at every moment of every day,” said Hallinan.
Available at Ideals Books for $12.99
Hardcover with thick pages.
Preschool, early elementary.
Christian based literature.
Author: P. K. Hallinan
Illustrator: Laura Watson
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