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What Is God Like? – The Presbyterian Outlook

Rachel Held Evans and Matthew Paul Turner, illustrated by Ying Hui TanConvergent Books, 40 Websites .......

Rachel Held Evans and Matthew Paul Turner, illustrated by Ying Hui Tan
Convergent Books, 40 Websites

In 2019, I stood On the kitchen counter, paralyzed as I study and restudy The internet announcement.

“Why are you crying, Mom?” my 10 yr-previous requested.  I took a deep breath And compelled myself To converse gently and clearly, “Rachel Held Evans died.”

“Do You understand her?” he requested tentatively.

“No… however I really feel like I did.”

If, like me, You are really feeling like Rachel Held Evans is An costlyly departworked good friend, You will Have The power to see bittersweet pleasure in “What’s God Like?” — her posthumous collaboration with Matthew Paul Turner. Held Evans’ husband, Dan, in his heartworkfelt introduction, explains that Rachel had drafted youthfulsters’s e-books simply months earlier than she died.  Turner, An costly good friend of the Evans househprevious and a prolific youthfulsters’s author, reworked her phrases into this absolutely realized picture e-book as A current to Rachel and Dan’s personal youthfulsters, and to us.

The Outcome’s poetry, artwork and biblical interpretation — all Aimed in the direction of 3-7-yr previouss (and their grpersonal-ups).  “What Is God Like?” encourages youthfulsters to marvel, using the printed Website as a leaping-off level for dialog and creativeness.  It virtually begs to be study aloud, with melodic rhythms good for story time And even lectio divina-type actions with elementary-age youthfulsters and youth.  Every Website Is simple enough For A toddler To understand on Their very personal with ample room for an grpersonalup to increase, asking, “I am marveling Everytime You have ever expert God in that method?”

Illustrator Ying Hui Tan’s footage are daring and joyful, depicting youthfulsters of many races And expertise exploring the magic of God’s creation.  Typically the illustrations interpret the phrases on the Website pretty actually, whereas completely different events They current a mystical hint of God as mild, wind or “three dancers, modern and exact.”

What’s God like?  The authors “reply” this question in strategies That are open-ended, inclusive and biblically based mostly.  “While Nobody has seen all of God (as a result of God Is method too huge for any of us To utterly see),” they write, “We will know what God is like.” Similes Similar to an eagle, a river, a shepherd and extra are provided, whereas making it clear That youthfulsters ought to, “maintain wanting. Keep marveling. Proceed studying about God.”

Mom and father looking for one factor completely new Might Even be disapleveled, as this e-book mines acquainted territory pretty than breaks new floor.  Followers of Lawrence and Karen Kushner’s “Because Nofactor Appears Like God” and Sandy Eisenberg Sasso’s “In God’s Identify,” For event, will see the similarities. But this e-book deserves to take its place alongside them Inside the “canon” of Christian youthfulsters’s literature, as new generations encourage youthfulsters to witness God’s presence in our lives.

I assume, however, that this e-book Will not stay on the preschool e-bookshelf, however will shortly discover fans of all ages.  It’s a meditative study for grpersonalups, a bedtime story for all and Can be a welcome addition to any Christian educator’s curriculum.

Or merely buy it for the church library and invite somebody youthful and curious to share it with you — You will be glad You probably did.

Amy Pagliarella lives in Chicago and is The mannequin new e-book editor for the Outlook.