Ok, I’ve never reviewed a children’s book before on Canon Fodder. But, this one is special. And it’s not just because it was written by my wife, Melissa (though, I admit I’m biased!), but because it brings such a profound and mysterious joy to my heart as I read it.
As parents, we all have great hopes for our children. We dream of what they might learn and what they might become. And typically, for most parents, those dreams take the form of vocational aspirations. My child could be an airline pilot, a professional singer, a rocket scientist, a fashion designer, etc. And all those dreams are wonderful.
But, what I love about this book is that it funnels all those wonderful possibilities into the ultimate dream, that our children would love Jesus with all of their hearts. No matter what particular calling our children might enjoy, this one is ultimate.
Thus, the title: Wherever You Go, I Want You to Know. Melissa takes the child on a fun roller coaster ride of possible callings—with outstanding illustrations that draw you in and make you smile—but the ultimate thing she wants them to know is that Jesus is the thing most worthy of their affections and aspirations. The final line says it best:
I love you so much, I want you to know. . .
I’m cheering you on, wherever you go.
And, whatever you do, wherever you start,
I pray you love Jesus, with ALL of your heart.
Another things I love about this book is the way it fits with some of Melissa’s other books. It would be great to pair this book also with her 5 Things to Pray for Your Kids, as well as her Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood.
Here are some great endorsements for Wherever You Go: [Read more…]