Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Boy and the Ocean - Max Lucado

Publisher:  Crossways
Pages:  48 pages
Source:  I was able to view a preview copy of this book from Publisher’s Weekly.
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book

How big is God’s love?  Max Lucado has written a children’s book that answers this question.    A young boy watches the ocean from his bedroom window.  When he stands at his window he realizes he can see the birds and clouds above it, and the ships on it, but can’t see the  end of the ocean.  His mom takes him to the ocean to play.  As they wade in she tells him that God’s love is like the ocean. “It’s always here. I’s always deep. It never ends. God’s love is special.”  This was a wonderful way to describe God’s love for us.  Another favorite quote form the book came about when the mother put her young boy to bed.  She whispers to him, “The ocean will not leave. The ocean will not change. The ocean is like God’s love—“

I believe we should not only share this book with our children and grandchildren, but that we should share it with our adult friends.  Sometimes it takes a simple book like this to remind us that when we are going through trials that God doesn’t leave us.  He is always there.  His love is unending.  I think one of the reasons I love Max Lucado’s  books for children is because the message is not only for children, but for the adults who read the books to them.  This is a book I can’t wait to purchase for each  of my children to share with their kids.  Not only will they enjoy and learn from the story but there is so much to discuss with younger children in the wonderful illustrations, painted by T. Lively Fluharty.

About the Author
Max Lucado is a best-selling inspirational author and speaker, a minister of preaching at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas. He is the author of numerous cildren’s books including You are Special and If Only I had a Green Nose.

About the Illustrator:
T. Lively Fluharty is an accomplished illustrator whose artwork has appeared in such publications as Time Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and Focus on the Family. His work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators, Communications Arts, and Spectrum.  Fluharty illustrated The Barber Who Wanted to Pray and The Boy and the Ocean, as well as Fool Moon Rising  which he co-wrote with his wife, Kristi.

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