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The Boy Who Spoke to God Kindle Edition
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The tale focuses on a seven-year old boy who lives in a country where there are four radically different religions. Each has its own customs, such as when New Years is to be celebrated. All of the groups get together nicely and are able to produce almost magical works when they act together, but this stops, and disharmony develops, whenever they focus on their religious differences. The nation's king thinks that he could erase this disharmony by insisting that all his people observe the same religion, but the people do not want to do this.
Then the boy has dreams in which God explains to him that he is the God of all. "Happiness has as many colors as the rainbow.... All beliefs are okay as long as they don't cause people to hurt one another."
The message is good, but it takes time for it to be understood by the people. There are problems at first. But then God, through the boy, explains all; and the people of the nation, as well as children who read the tale, understand this most important lesson.
‘Once upon a time’ (always a great start for a children’s book) there was a kingdom ruled by King Dareios that consisted of Greek, Chinese, Zulu and Mayan tribes who combined the finest aspects of their various cultures, agreeing on ways to solve poverty, cures for diseases, and to build the economy of the kingdom building a power that incorporated Mayan-Chinese meditation - until it came time for religious holidays: each tribe insisted their beliefs about God and religious celebrations were the correct ones. The questions are raised by children –Niko, the Greek, Yeou, the Chinese, Totopa, the Zulu and Little Feather the Mayan – as to each tribe’s belief in a different God and a celebration for the New Year. King Dareios demands all follow the same God and the same holidays. Niko is most disturbed and his mother, respecting the beliefs of others, suggests Nkio pray for the solution. Niko prays and has a wondrous dream that God appears to him, a vision of silver white hair, feathers of a thousand colors and puffy clouds. God speaks to Niko telling him that happiness has many colors as the rainbow and that all his children can find happiness when their beliefs and actions do not hurt others. God promises to eclipse the sun in three days as proof of his conversation with Niko.
The eclipse occurs, but the various tribes question Niko’s conversation with God until Niko explains that the image of God wore a Chinese robe, had black hands and a Mayan ceremonial headdress – but nothing Greek! Niko is given a sleeping potion so that he can see God’s face – and God’s face resembles King Dareios! The various tribes rebel that God is a Greek God and strife is rife through the land until Niko once again is put to sleep and God tells him that everyone is a reflection of God – that God is colorless, formless like a translucent light, and that God is the same for everyone. The various a tribes are then all happy, able to celebrate their own holidays but make a special day for God’s Day.
This well-told tale, beautifully illustrated, will appeal to all children and will at least introduce the concept of the interrelatedness of all peoples. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, November 13
Great story for all kids really. Well grounded message. Beautiful and inspirational. This needs to be in circulation and available at schools and libraries. I highly recommend!
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