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God's Paintbrush: Tenth Anniversary Edition Hardcover – Deluxe Edition, February 1, 2004
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The book uses non-sectarian and non-sexist language which many readers will probably appreciate, since so many books refer to God as a "He."
Rather than defining God, the author helps children explore God and their relationship to God through moments in their own lives. "I wonder if God has a big lap to curl up in just like Mom's and strong arms like Dad's to lift me up and catch me when I fall."
When a child looses a tooth in order to make room for a new one, he wonders if the trees mind losing their leaves in the fall or if the snow minds melting to make room for spring..."I think God paints the leaves bright colors in the fall and makes the sun warm in spring because God likes changes. God likes the world to grow."
The book is interactive as each page ends with questions directly related to the text that help children explore God and their relationship to God.
The illustrations are colorful and comforting, showing people from different races.
I highly recommend "God's Paintbrush," especially for those who are looking to explore the meaning of God with their children. It will engage and stimulate the religious imagination of children and help them to think of God as a special friend.
Sandy Eisenberg Sasso has taken the topic of faith and made it possible to discuss with any person of any denomination, religion or culture.
The book is very thought provoking and allows children of all ages to think about God in a personal way; to realize that He has a unique relationship with each one of us.
Each time I read one of her books to my class, the children respond to the messages from the heart.
I recommend this book to any teacher, parent or caregiver.
One example is that of a young boy talking about his best friend moving away. He says he is sad and he hurts inside. The question is then asked, "What do you think makes God hurt?" Another example is a scene where Mom and Dad are tucking their child into bed, giving him hugs and kisses. The question, "What does God's touch feel like to you?" makes you think about being able to "feel" God's presence. All the concepts help to illustrate how God relates to all aspects of our lives. The questions that go along with each scene are thought-provoking and sometimes unusual. No answers are given to the questions. This allows the reader to think about the ideas and come up with answers on their own.
What I Like: I like the different format for the book, as well as the variety of scenarios and situations presented. The language of the text is also beautiful. It's quite poetic and invokes powerful mental images. One example is: "I think the wind is God's breath moving through the world, making it come alive."
What I Dislike: The watercolor illustrations are colorful, and represent many multicultural issues and cultures, but they are a bit sloppy in appearance. I think they distract from the text rather than add to it.
The title of the book was also somewhat misleading.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My 6 year old son loves this book, but my husband hates it. It asks lots of questions throughout, which my son enjoys and husband hates. The illustrations are beautiful. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jenpost78
Lovely booK that can touch the heart and soul of anyone who reads it. Introspective.Published 20 months ago by CKH
|TITLE| God’s Paintbrush
• Special Merit Award
|AUTHOR| Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
• Reverend Theodore M. Hesburgh C.S. Read more
my daughter loves this book, it teaches not only about god but general kidness and love. a great book for any childPublished on July 7, 2013 by Diana Iwanow
I was looking for something to introduce generic "religion" or as some say "spirituality" to my four year old. Read morePublished on April 4, 2013 by beth
An ideal interactive book for young children whose parents are interested in their spiritual formation. I took delight in reading to my youngest grandson. Nathan BrooksPublished on November 2, 2011 by Nathan Brooks
This is a wonderful book that opens a child's imagination to what God might be like. Adults, who live in the conditioning they have acquired throughout their lives, would... Read morePublished on July 1, 2009 by Tallulah