The Heavens Declare!

Capture2Little people find words first for the people and the things that are most important to them.  As one of the “named people” in my grandson’s life, I love to read books to him that include pictures of the sun, moon, and stars, because he responds by pointing to them, naming them over and over, and then returning to that page again and again as if the drawing is truly lighting up his life.

How exciting for him that Mary Manz Simon and Lizzie Walkley have collaborated on a pair of books that celebrate two basic — and yet profound — theological truths:  God Made the Sun and God Made the Moon.  Sturdy cardboard and rounded corners mean that the books were designed for little hands.  Vivid primary colors and a diverse mix of friends trumpet the fun and beauty of each day that God has made, while soothing pastels, soft jammies, and a comfy bedtime routine remind little sleepy-heads that the moon is God’s hand-made night light.

Daytime and nighttime are both gifts from God, and while tiny fingers trace the cut- away circles and crescents in each book, eager ears and hearts can be absorbing truth from the rhymed text as loving parents (and grandparents!) read about about these foundational concepts:

  1.  Every day is an adventure!
  2. Every night is a time to be thankful.
  3. Routines and schedules — lunch time, bath time, story time, prayer time — are sweet boundaries that bring structure and security to a child’s life.
  4. God’s love is even more reliable than the sun and the moon.
  5. The God who made the sun and the moon is well able to keep and care for His children.

What a great opportunity to introduce the truth of Psalm 19:1,2 — and a manageable memorization project for little sponges!

The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of His hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
    night after night they reveal knowledge.

Let’s accept this invitation to join the sun, the moon, and all of God’s creation in fulfilling the purposes for which we were made!

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This book was provided by Worthy Publishing in exchange for my review.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Michele Morin

Michele Morin is a teacher, blogger, reader, and gardener who finds joy in sitting at a table surrounded by women with open Bibles. She has been married to an unreasonably patient husband for over 25 years, and their four children are growing up at an alarming rate. Michele loves hot tea and well-crafted sentences, poems that stop her in her tracks and days at the ocean with the whole family. She laments biblical illiteracy and advocates for the prudent use of “little minutes.” She blogs at Living Our Days, and you can connect with her on Facebook or Twitter.

23 thoughts on “The Heavens Declare!”

    1. If your 2 year old is like my 2 year old grand boy, I think the books will be a hit. My little guy was visiting on the afternoon that I received the books in the mail, so, of course, we read them together, and then I placed them on a table by the chair we were sitting in. A few days later he came back for another visit, and immediately went to the table where he had last seen the Moon book. So fun to share books with littles!

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  1. I love books like this for little ones, Michele. My little grand niece and nephews would love them, I think I’ll order these for Christmas. Thanks for sharing this review with Thankful Thursdays.

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  2. Once I noticed the image accompanying the post you shared at the #SittingAmongFriends Blog Party, I definitely wanted to read it. What beautiful books to introduce young children to the wonders of God’s creation. I will absolutely keep these books in mind for gift giving. Thanks for a great post.

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