God gave me eyes to see, a heart to feel, a mind to ponder, and gifts and talents to share his stories in my own way.It's a beautiful message, beautifully presented. The writing is almost lyrical in its cadence and lends itself wonderfully to a read-aloud. And the illustrations by Eric Carlson are fun and inviting, yet not garish. Readers of this book will be treated to a little bit of Bible history as the people who told God's story through their lives and witness are chronicled: Moses, Sarah, King David, and Isaiah in the Old Testament; and New Testament figures including Jesus, Mary, and the disciples. Then the book shifts the focus to us: it's our mission to be God's storytellers too. Lisa encourages children to tell God's story in varied ways.
We don't have to be grownups to be storytellers. Remember how much Jesus loved sharing his stories with children?I am God's Storyteller is a celebration of each child's -- each person's -- God-given creativity and an encouragement to use that creativity to share the Good News with others. It's also an affirmation that each of us has unique talents, and all of those talents are valuable: writing, creating visual art, singing, dancing, inventing games, acting -- all of these ways of using the imagination can help us tell God's story. Copyright 2019 Lisa M. Hendey and Eric Carlson. Used with the kind permission of Paraclete Press. All rights reserved.[/caption] An author's note at the end of the book urges parents, teachers, and caregivers to foster children's creativity and love of reading in a variety of concrete ways. But the message for parents, grandparents, and other adults goes beyond that one page: we're never too young -- or too old -- to share the Good News with the world around us, and God has given each of us a specific ability and mission to do just that.
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Barb Szyszkiewicz, senior editor at CatholicMom.com, is a wife, mom of 3 young adults, and a Secular Franciscan. Barb enjoys writing, cooking, and reading, and is a music minister at her parish. Find her blog at FranciscanMom and her family’s favorite recipes with nutrition information at Cook and Count. Barb is the author of The Handy Little Guide to Prayer and The Handy Little Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours, available from Our Sunday Visitor.