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What Is God Like? Hardcover – June 15, 2021
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Children who are introduced to God, through attending church or having loved ones who speak about God, often have a lot of questions, including this ever-popular one: What is God like? The late Rachel Held Evans loved the Bible and loved showing God’s love through the words and pictures found in that ancient text. Through these pictures from the Bible, children see that God is like a shepherd, God is like a star, God is like a gardener, God is like the wind, and more. God is a comforter and support.
And whenever a child is unsure, What Is God Like? encourages young hearts to “think about what makes you feel safe, what makes you feel loved, and what makes you feel brave. That's what God is like.”
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Matthew Paul Turner is a blogger, speaker, and author of several books, including the bestselling When God Made You and When I Pray for You. Matthew lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his three children.
Ying Hui Tan is a Malaysian illustrator and creator. She is passionate about storytelling and strives to turn her imagination into realty through her paintings.
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Woven throughout this book, you’ll find Rachel’s heart for people, love of words, and the solace she discovered in the unknown.
It was March of 2019 when she started outlining and writing drafts of children’s books. As new parents, Rachel and I were in a fresh chapter of life. Our son, Henry, had just turned three, and our daughter, Harper, was still a baby. Rachel was excited to write stories they could enjoy. We had big plans and were building a house.
But the crushing reality is that life doesn’t always go according to our plans. Rachel wasn’t able to finish the ideas for all her books. She got sick in April and passed away on May 4, 2019, two weeks before Harper’s first birthday.
Matthew Paul Turner was often with me at Rachel’s hospital bedside in the days before her death. His personal connection to Rachel and her words permeates the poetic fabric of art and text that you now hold. It’s an honor to work with Matthew, who has championed Rachel and her work from the beginning of her career, before New York Times bestseller lists, before media appearances, and before he was known as a children’s book author.
It’s also a privilege to work with Ying Hui Tan, who ensures with breathtaking beauty that the ideas of Rachel and Matthew are seen. I’m grateful to Rachel, Ying Hui, Matthew, and the team at Convergent for their hard work. And I’m excited to share the collaboration of these artists with you.
We are all fellow travelers through this life. Together, we learn to care for one another. Join me in these pages to discover ancient imagery, history, love, dedication to what’s good, and acceptance of all people. Together, we wonder how we’re simultaneously insignificant and grand in this vast universe. Together, let’s explore the question:
What is God like?
Daniel Jonce Evans
- Publisher : Convergent Books (June 15, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 40 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0593193318
- ISBN-13 : 978-0593193310
- Reading age : 3 - 7 years
- Grade level : Preschool - 2
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 9.3 x 0.4 x 9.3 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I believe that in WHAT IS GOD LIKE?, the late Rachel Held Evans' debut children's book, co-authored with Matthew Paul Turner, a "thin place" has been created. This gorgeous book will take your breath away. What I love about Rachel and Matthew's words in this book is that comfort is found in the mystery of God—too many Christian resources for children (and far, far too many of those same resources for adults) set up a very reductive, black-and-white understanding of how God works and leave no room for the reader to be truly amazed by the diverse beauty of the Divine. Many Christian writers are now starting to present lovingly the mystery of God in their works for adults (which very much includes Rachel's catalogue) and it is so wonderful to see those truths distilled—but not diluted—in a way a child can understand and love. As it is in life, there is no easy answer spoon-fed to the reader in this book—each analogy of what God is like inspires critical thought and profound imagination. I have hope for the children of the church if WHAT IS GOD LIKE? and the many other works it will inspire are part of how they are introduced to the question—what is God like? This one is a must read. I can't wait to share it with all of the children in my life.
(P.S. I'd be remiss if I didn't mention also the awe-inspiring illustrations from Ying Hui Tan. The vibrant colors and expert skill are a marvel to behold. Each page more than lives up to the high echelon Rachel and Matthew's words lie. Moreover, the diversity of all the people—gender, ethnicity, disability, and more—featured in this book ensures that every reader will be able to find someone they can point to and say, "that looks like me!" This makes the reader feel seen—by Rachel, Matthew, Ying Hui, and God as well)
By Melissa Rynders on June 15, 2021
“God is like an artist … always busy making & remaking everything brilliant and new.”
“God is like a mother – strong & safe … God is like a father – gentle & safe.”
“God is like a rainbow, vivid & full of color … a dazzling reminder of promise and hope for all people after a storm.”
“But whenever you aren’t sure what God is like, think about what makes you feel safe … what makes you feel brave … and what makes you feel loved. That’s what God is like.”
Tears!!!! This is exactly the image I hope my kids will have of our loving God. Thank you, MPT, RHE, & Ying Hui Tan, for this beautiful work of art. This book makes the world a better place.
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Rachel believed in a radically inclusive God and this book exemplifies that. When Rachel died I grieved as if I had lost a friend even though I didn't know her personally. I hope she's smiling down on us from heaven seeing how this book is reaching out to the young and old and reminding us, as the title of the book says, What God Is Like.
Well done, good and faithful servant.