Water, Come Down!   -     By: Walter Wangerin Jr.
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Water, Come Down!

Fortress Press / 1999 / Hardcover

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(PUBAugsburg)"Best Children's Book of 1999,"---Association of Theological Booksellers. Wangerin conveys how God's love and power are joined in the event of baptism as a dramatic entrance into the community of faith. Beautifully illustrated by Gerardo Suzan. The perfect gift for parents or children! 40 pages, 8.5" x 10" hardcover.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 40
Vendor: Fortress Press
Publication Date: 1999
Dimensions: 10 X 8.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0806637110
ISBN-13: 9780806637112
UPC: 9780806637112
Availability: In Stock
Ages: 4-8

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A lyrical story that personalizes the the beauty, joy and meaning of Baptism. Includes family "discussion-starters" about the significance of Baptism, its roots in the biblical story and its meaning for life today.

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Tackling complex theological issues, this illuminating book for the most part succeeds in introducing children to the concepts surrounding baptism. As Wangerin (Probity Jones and the Fear Not Angel) explains, his approach is structured on a passage from Romans 8: "The creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God." Here, benevolently personified, the sun, a cloud, rain, wind, seed and water take turns describing their contributions to a child's baptism as they welcome the child into creation. Their words exemplify concepts of resurrection and growth, although Wangerin includes one somewhat discordant reference to the cleansing aspects of baptism: "I am the water they washed you in/... Clean from the devil! Clean from sin." Odd grammar ("I am the water went under the ground") and occasional cutesiness mar what is otherwise graceful, stirring verse: "I rode the wind to the edge of the skies/ And cried to the sun, `Sun, shine on me/ For the child below, so the child can see/ A flaming raining-bow!'" Suz n (Butterfly Boy), in his friendly, candy-colored illustrations, joins Wangerin in stressing baptism as a dramatic entrance into the community of faith. It's a lot to take in, but Wangerin provides several pages of excellent resources for family Bible study, exploring the scriptural sources behind his story and making the theological concepts both accessible and engaging. All ages. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

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  1. Christine M. Irvin
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    October 31, 2008
    Christine M. Irvin
    This is a book that celebrates the glory of being baptized. When we are baptized, and become children of God, all creation sun, clouds, rain, and wind join in the celebration of a new life. The lyrical text makes the connection between rain from the Heavens (the water coming down) and the baptismal font, citing both as Gods creations. And I am the water that flows in a river, The River of Life, forever and ever Yes! I am the water came down to your town,To find you, child, and you I found The day you were baptized.I am the water they washed you in,Your head, your heart, your soul, your skin,Clean of the devil! Clean from sin,The day you were baptized.The author cites his use of a Biblical text, from Romans 8, to explain his approach to baptism: The creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God. Other verses in this book echo this sentiment, showing the sun, the clouds, the rain and the wind, all rejoicing in the baptism of a new child of God. The illustrations are a bit cartoonish but they are expressive and colorful and child-like, making them appropriate for a book of this nature.What I Like: At the end of the book is a section called The Story of Baptism. The author explains why we need to be baptized and cites Biblical passages for text used in the story.What I Dislike: The story is written in rhyme. Most of the passages flow smoothly, but in some cases the rhyme is a bit forced, making the text a bit jarring. For instance, the author tries to rhyme down with underground.Its a truly lovely book, but I think it was written more for the adult than the child, even though it is certainly a picture book. Im afraid most children wouldnt understand the symbolism in the poetry without a lot of explanation - - but, then again, children need a lot of explanation to understand the concept of baptism.Christine M. Irvin Christian Childrens Book Review
  2. Curtis Robbins
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 1, 2008
    Curtis Robbins
    This is an extraordinary work that entrances our son and connects him to the special day that he entered into the community of Christ. It is sophisticated poetry that personifies the elements of God's creation, the natural made Holy in the sacrament of Baptism, with clear scriptural references and connection included at the end of the book. Walter Wangerin, Jr. is an incredible artist whose writing is masterfully and colorfully enhanced by the visual artistry of Gerardo Suzan. We plan to share this book with other friends to celebrate their children's baptism day.
  3. Lou Ann Ball
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    April 12, 2005
    Lou Ann Ball
    I was extremely disappointed in this book and I have returned it to you. Although Mr. Wangerin does give scripture quotes and explanations at the back of the book they are not worked through the book. I don't want a book that I need to have explanations to work through the story.
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