I don’t know about you, but sometimes I struggle to find thoughts that make my heart sing. Sometimes events in life make me sad, discouraged, angry or frustrated – and there is no melody ringing in my heart. I am sure it is the same for children – they have anxious thoughts, jealous thoughts, angry thoughts and they really don’t know what to do with them.
Sally Lloyd-Jones has written a new book for children that is filled with truths from the bible with simple yet profound explanations that your heart really wants to sing in response. It has been magificently illustrated by Jago. The words and illustrations work together to provide a smorgasbord of delightful thoughts to fill the reader’s mind and counter thoughts that are not so tuneful.
Sally Lloyd-Jones is a beautiful writer. Not one word is wasted and I am sure she has pondered long and hard how to capture an idea in a bible verse and bring it alive – indeed they capture the imagination and Jago’s illustrations complement her words perfectly.
Sally has given parents a golden nugget in this book. But read it for yourself too and you might find your heart singing in response to each page. I have been reading one page each night for the last couple of months and I have been moved, challenged, encouraged and soothed. On each double sided page is one bible verse with a few words from Sally that evoke the essence of its truth with a glorious illustration. I don’t have a favourite – I am loving each one.
When my children were small, I longed for a book or books that communicated some of the profounds promises of God meaningfully for them and in a format that they could take to bed alone or read when needed. I remember trying to sooth a child reluctant to fall asleep fearful of a recurring nightmare. What a deliciously beautiful book to take to bed!
I recently gave this book to my three year old god-son. Since receiving it, he has taken it to bed with him every night and has called it his “precious” book. I would recommend buying a copy to read for yourself and to share with the children in your life. It is filled to the brim with precious thoughts that will make your heart sing. Thank you Sally and thank you Jago!