Sunday, July 5, 2009

I Believe Bunny

I Believe Bunny by Tish Rabe is a short and sweet rhyming book geared for 3-7 year olds (I would think). Behind the soft, pretty watercolor-like illustrations and gentle-flowing poetry of the words is one of the biggest messages of Christian truth: God answers prayer. That can be one of the trickiest messages of Christian truth as well, since God doesn't always answer our prayers the way we think He should, and sometimes the answer is even "No." This book does not delve into the theological debate of those things, and instead sticks to the basic encouragement to pray when in trouble because God is with us and in the case of the I Believe Bunny, God does provide help and a happy ending. I think this is a very important message for children to hear as we raise them in faith. The book points out that the bunny is small and can't accomplish much on his own. But God provides help and a solution to the problem. How many times is it written in the Bible that our weakness is God's strength? How often does God carry out his plan in the weakest, in order to show it was His strength not man's at work? These things are presented here in an easy to understand format for young children. This book is a great tool for encouraging children to think about praying when in trouble, asking God for help, and looking for how God answers their prayers.

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