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Dear God, I don't get it! Paperback – October 1, 2009

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Patti Maguire Armstrong is a wife of thirty-two years and mother to ten. She co-authored Big Hearted: Inspiring Stories From Everyday Families, was the managing editor and co-author of the Amazing Grace book series, and has appeared on EWTN and Catholic TV as well as radio stations across the country. Her articles appear on many Catholic websites, including her blog: PattiMaguireArmstrong.com --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Bezalel Books (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982122233
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982122235
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,838,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My 11 year old son absolutely LOVED this book. He is gifted and reads at college level, and he read this book TWICE in just a few days time. In his own words, "The book is AWESOME and I LOVE it! Every time I read it I get worried for Aaron. Fantastic....Enriching....Hilarious!"

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!
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Aaron Ajax is a sixth grader who has not had much change in his life. He has had the same best friend since the first day of kindergarten. He has never moved. There has been no hardship or uncertainty. When his father loses his job as a local radio personality, Aaron faces many changes. He has a difficult time dealing with these changes and does not understand why God is not answering his prayers the way he would like. He is angry that he has to leave his hometown in Montana and move to Bismarck, North Dakota. He is angry with God about the move.
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.
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Why does God answer some prayers and not others? This is a question that plagues even adults. Sometimes, we pray so hard and think we know what God should do in our lives. And then, God does something else or He does nothing. What gives? For children, these questions can be even more acute. Without a lifetime of experience to rely on, God ignoring a prayer can be a faith-shaking incident.

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.
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Dear God, I Just Don't Get It arrived in my mail on Monday. I read it the same day. Couldn't put it down, actually. It's a wonderful story about sixth-grader, Aaron Ajax, who, when life seems to be going his way, realizes that he's taken his relationship with God for granted. Where is God when parents can't find jobs? Where is God when we have to leave our best friends? How easy it is to have a comfortable relationship with God when things are going smooth.

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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