Gr 4-6-- A provocative look at the concept of God that differs greatly from the Judeo-Christian idea of God as a person rather than as a vacuous feeling or entity. Major world religions are introduced in combination with the well-known teachers representing them (Moses, Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed), and whose words evolved into a library of Holy Books: the Bible, the Torah, the Koran, the Sutras, and the Vedas. Similarities are drawn among these faiths, showing common strands of truth and prayer as a universal tool of communication with God. Brief discussion is given to those believing in multiple gods as well as to those who experience religious persecution. Boritzer's attempt to synthesize and make accessible the many concepts of God results in the New Age concept/belief of pantheism. Marantz' Henrik Drescher-like illustrations are bold and bright watercolors, occupying full pages that face the poetic free-verse text. At times they serve a somewhat decorative purpose, but usually expand and elucidate elements in the narrative. The reasoning process used throughout may occasionally prove too abstract for many children, making this a picture book for older readers. It will be best utilized by religious-education teachers and parents. --Celia A. Huffman, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Cleveland
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The first time I read it, it actually made me cry.
I recommend this book for thoughtful parents wanting to teach their children about many understandings/experiences of God and about many of the world's religions.
This book is for all families who embrace open-mindedness and reject the idea that any religion has a monopoly on truth.
A complicated question answered in ways a child can understand.Published 2 days ago by Sandra L. Moliere
I love this book! It is not religious so much as spiritual, so if you are a firmly religious individual this may not be for you. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Morgan
This would be a perfect book except for the fact that the author somehow thinks that Buddhists think Buddha is a god. Sorry, but no. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I first read this book at the Rothko Chapel in Houston and thought it was such a lovely way to explain world religions to a child. Read morePublished 1 month ago by A. Kugali
We appreciate this book very much because it opens a conversation for children to think for themselves about what "God" means to them, whether they believe God is a being... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mom2Two
Lovely book that presents a balanced view of what God means to many different people. A great resource for me as the parent of a 6 yo with lots of questions and a spiritual person... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Shannon Navin
When my 4 yr old started learning about God from a preschool friend we realized we needed something to help her understand that people have different beliefs. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Megan
I love this book. I came across it several years ago at a workshop given by the author. I bought this copy for our church library. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Paula Kahler