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on August 10, 2020
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Tells children that whatever they do and wherever they go, your greatest aspiration is that they will love and follow Jesus.
Kids love to dream about what they might do when they grow up: jobs they might have, places they might go, people they might meet. And parents and carers love to encourage and support them. But for Christian parents and carers, their greatest hope for their children, their dream of all dreams, is that whatever their kids do and wherever they go, they will love and follow Jesus.
The Good Book Company first captured my attention with their Tales that Tell the Truth children’s book series. It’s so difficult to find children’s books that are both meaningful and not overwrought. My experience is that many secular children’s books are funny and entertaining, but lack any specific message. While that’s not a bad thing, it means that all but the best are simply bland and unoriginal. Christian children’s books, on the other hand, can be so message-driven that the aren’t really that fun to read. Tales that Tell the Truth is an incredible series and I was very much hoping that they could continue the magic outside that particular series.
And, yeah, they did it. Wherever You Go, I Want You To Know is a whimsical, sing-songy admonition that whatever a child ends up doing in life, the person reading the book to them wants them to remember Jesus. I appreciate the array of job choices that are presented: farmer, pilot, chef, singer, engineer, doctor, teacher, artist…the list goes on. The illustrations also show great diversity—boys and girls of all skin tones are represented. The book is also clear that not all happenings in life will be happy. It’s clear that there will be sad and difficult times along the journey of life.
Filled with Seussian whimsy, Wherever You Go, I Want You To Know opens children’s minds to the possibilities of their future while yet grounding them with an assurance in the present: No matter what you do or you become, remember that you are loved by God and made to follow him.