Thursday, April 18, 2013

Hey God, I've Got Some Guy Named Jonah...The Whale Tells His Side of the Story - Children's Book Review by Marcus

   As you can see from the title, this book is different.  In fact, it's unlike any Bible story book I have ever read.  The book is written by Troy Schmidt, a guy who no doubt has a good imagination.  I read this to my 9 year old and later to my 6 year old, and they both loved it.
   The book is written in a very unique style.  It's kind of a mixture between cartoon and comic book.  One of the things that really impressed me was that the story has lines that are funny to kids.  I've seen a lot of kid's media that tries to be funny, and they are, to grown-ups.  But this book actually is cleverly written on a kids level.
   The story of Jonah is brought from the whale's point of view.  As a preacher, I dig for preaching material all the time.  I've never thought of the story of Jonah quite like this.
   For example, the whale tells of how God led him to spit Jonah out on dry land.  I seriously never considered the miracle of a giant fish swimming all the way up to the shore and then vomiting Jonah out.  But Jonah 2:10 says just that.  But why didn't the fish get sick and throw up 10 miles out in the sea?  This book very uniquely brings out the fact that God was not just working in Jonah's life, but that the Creator was also guiding the fish.
   The back of the book contains a discussion area for parents to help their child compare their life to that of Jonah's.  It's a great lesson in obedience, forgiveness and knowing that God hears us when we call on Him.  The pictures are colorful.  The writing is great.  The message is awesome.  I highly recommend this book to every parent.  It is one of the greatest Bible stories written in such an amazing way that really makes sense to kids and grown-ups alike.
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