Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Book Review: Today I Found God
Today I Found God
By: Greg Long and Nathan Wondrak
Published by: Halo Publishing International, 2010
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
Did you ever have one of those bad days when everything that could possibly go wrong does, and you wonder where God is and why He’s letting these things happen? Well, kids have days like that too. In this moving tale, Billy, a typical ten-year-old boy, drops the bacon and eggs at breakfast, spills paint on the floor, loses the five dollars that his uncle gave him, gets his Frisbee stuck in a tree, and can’t find his fishing rod. So he wonders, “Why are You doing all this to me, God?” and in his anger sets off on a search to find God and figure out the reason for bad things.
So Billy hops on his bike and rides to the church. What does the minister tell him? And will he ever learn the answers to his questions? Author Greg Long has been a circus clown, a theater performer, a children’s film director, and a composer, but in spite of his successes, something seemed missing until one night when he found the missing piece by rediscovering his relationship with God. And Greg is no stranger to difficult circumstances. In 2009, due to the economy he lost his job, then his wife learned that she’d soon be out of her job, and they found out that they were having a baby. They were forced to sell their home and put all their belongings into storage. Somehow in the process of losing everything they found something bigger and so much better in a stronger relationship with Christ.
In Today I Found God, which won the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards Gold Medal for the “Best Religious Children’s Book of 2010,” Long joins his rhyming text with the humorous illustrations by Nathan Wondrak to help kids find God for themselves through stories, love, and laughter. “Why do bad things happen?” is one of the perennial questions that people of all ages ask, and this book should prove to be a very useful resource in helping children to understand it. I give it two thumbs up.
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