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Dear God, I don't get it! Paperback – October 1, 2009
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Shortly after reading the book, my son jumped out of our car at the store to help a lady put her groceries in her car. Since he had never done that before, I asked why he did it. He said it was because it reminded him of the book! All I can say is that it is FANTASTIC to have a book that inspires kids to do great things. I highly recommend this book!
Aaron has preformed opinions of the area where is his family is moving color his attitudes. "I opened my eyes to see a lady in the car next to me blowing her nose. `What am I doing sleeping with my face smashed against the car window?' I wondered. My mind was in a groggy, just-woke-up fog. It took only seconds for me to remember the awful truth - we were leaving Montana and headed to a place I had thus far only heard about in jokes."
Aaron is fearful that he will be unable to make friends. The first person his age that he sees is a girl who pelts him with a snowball. The first boy he meets is openly hostile. This is before he even starts school. He is jealous of his younger brother Luke's ability to make friends easily wherever he goes. When he does start school, he discovers that the openly hostile boy, Josh, is in his class and is a troublemaker. Would Josh influence the other kids?
He begins daydreaming about being a hero. He even tries to make himself into a hero by letting out his neighbor's dog and then catching him again. This backfires on him when he recruits his brother Tyler to pretend he has locked himself in the bathroom so that he can be "rescued.Read more ›
That is the premise behind "Dear God, I Don't Get It." Patti Maguire Armstrong tells the story of sixth-grader Aaron Ajax. His father just lost his job and he has to move from Montana to North Dakota as a result. He prayed and prayed that this would not happen, and God just didn't pay attention. He has to leave his friends behind and while his younger brother Luke is making new friends easily, Aaron seems to only be making enemies. Nothing is going well for him. He concocts a plan to be a "hero" in order to get some positive attention, but that blows up in his face as well. Yet, God can use even bad things for good, and by the end of the story, everything has worked out, and Aaron decides that God knows what He is doing after all.
Armstrong writes with a good sense of humor that will appeal to the 8 - 12 age group that this book is targeted toward. It is a story with an important lesson on prayer for children, and the adults who care for them (and who might read this book with them). For those interested in delving into the story on a deeper level, there are discussion questions in the back.
This book teaches that God is in the details, and He is in charge. And sometimes, his answers to our prayers aren't what we expected. A wonderful story for 3rd through 6th grade Catholic kids, it even ties Catholic teaching right into the story. There are questions and activities at the end of the book if you'd like to make it a study. (Great retreat for Lent or Advent!)
If you Catholic school has an accelerated-reader type program, talk to your principal about making it a must-read. Use it for a night-activity with your own children (my friend has my copy now, she's reading it daily to her kids), then put it in your parish or school library. This book is a wonderful example of a religious book that's actually quite fun to read - even for adults.
Another great book from Bezalel Books!
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Dear God, I Don't Get It is an entertaining book that helps kids understand why God isn't answering their prayers. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Lyn M. Mettler
As the father of three boys (Ephraim, Eli, and Ezra) - who have an uncanny resemblance to Aaron, Luke, and Tyler in this story I love the way Patti Armstrong used the themes of... Read morePublished 16 months ago by 4-Life
I have just finished Patti Maguire Armstrong's delightful and insightful Catholic novel for young readers, "Dear God, I Don't Get It," and before I say another word, I have one... Read morePublished on January 25, 2014 by Laura Pearl
Wish there were lots more books like this! I read the book before giving it to my 11-year-old, and I have to admit that I thoroughly enjoyed it. My son did, as well. Read morePublished on December 12, 2013 by Quiverful
My eight-year-old has a sense of when I'm reading a book she'll like. This is one of them: it's perfect for her, and though I don't have a middle grade son, I think this book would... Read morePublished on October 29, 2013 by Sarah Reinhard
This was an enjoyable novel about a 6th-grade boy who moves to a new area and tries to understand why sometimes prayers are not answered in quite the way we want them. Read morePublished on September 5, 2013 by Barb Szyszkiewicz
A great book to help children understand struggles they go through and how struggles can turn out to be blessingPublished on July 16, 2013 by Brenda Erie