I have a secret: I LOVE children's books, children's storybooks, and books designed for children and caregivers to enjoy together.
See that? My love is deep enough that I had to add some bold, underline, and italic flair to really get my point across.
But on the other hand, I guess it's not so much a secret. My Amazon deliveries know it to be true. I often meander through the storybooks in the Target aisle, marveling at the beautiful artwork and the inclusive storylines displayed on the shelves. I've been known to bring new books home from trips in the interest of "an unexpected gift for my child" or "doing research for work." (It doesn't work. My wife sees right through it!)
But children's books about God, and faith? I have more of a LOVE/HATE relationship with those.
“Give thanks to the Lord. God is good. God’s faithful love lasts forever!” (Psalm 107:1)
November, with the Thanksgiving holiday, offers us a natural opportunity for giving thanks and showing gratitude. Yet, as Christians we are reminded that every day is a day to give God our thanks and praise! The practice of gratitude is a spiritual discipline for any age – and need not be limited to “saying Grace” at the dinner table! So throughout November, I've used the Faith Presbyterian Church Midweek emails to offer a weekly book review of a children's storybook for which gratitude is a primary theme. For those outside the Faith congregation who don't receive those emails, here are all four of the storybook reviews.
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