(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.
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.
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
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