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Friday, December 10, 2010

Apologia Press "Good Morning, God" Book Review

Good Morning, God is a charming little book that is published by Apologia Press. The book is written for children ages 1-8 and is based on Deuteronomy 6:6-7:

These commands that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress
them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you
walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
The Good Morning, God goes through each day of the week talking about how the little boy in the story worships God each day and how his parents teach him about God each day. Each day also ends with a prayer. At the end of the book are questions and activities for each day as well. The author suggests that to get the full impact of the book, you should read the book every day for 8 days (Sunday to Sunday) and then discuss the questions at the back that are specific to that day. But they also acknowledge that the book can just be read as a story for your little ones to enjoy.

The pros: The illustrations in Good Morning, God are charming. Each two page spread features one black and white line drawing and one full color drawing. The line drawings made us think of coloring pages, and it turns out, a coloring book of Good Morning, God is available for $4 HERE. I like the simple but meaningful text that focusing on worshiping God all day long just in the way you live your life. And I like the focus on how the parents play a part in that training. I found it especially nice that one page of text and the accompanying picture mentioned the "school room", since so few books actually portray homeschooling as a societal norm. The mention is brief, and families that chose more traditional schooling methods certainly wouldn't be excluded from getting the full benefit of the book, but it's nice to see a book supporting homeschooling nonetheless. And I love, love, LOVE the prayers in the book. They are short, sweet, and very meaningful.

The cons: None really, but I should point out that the book specifically mentions Sunday as the day you go to church (twice, since it begins and ends on a Sunday). That's not a problem for me, but it would be for some people out there whose Sabbath is on Saturday. And it clearly portrays a "whole family in church together" situation whereas we go to a church that has separate children's church and adult church. The way it is pictured in the book is more of the norm though, and it certainly didn't bother me to see it that way, nor did my youngest even notice it as being different from our church environment.

The bottom line: Good Morning, God is a very nice hardback book that would make an excellent gift for any family with young children. With so much "twaddle" out there for young children's literature, it is nice to have a book that is so simple, beautiful, and focused on God without being "over the top" as some specifically Christian books can be.

Good Morning, God can be ordered HERE for $14.00. To see what other members of the TOS Crew had to say, go HERE.

Legal Disclaimer: I received a copy of Good Morning, God for the purpose of giving my review. That book was the only compensation I received.
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