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Publication Date: 2009
Series: God Is With Me
Julie Cantrell is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Into the Free, the 2013 Christy Award winning Book of the Year and recipient of the Mississippi Library Associations Fiction Award. Cantrell has served as editor-in-chief of the Southern Literary Review and is a recipient of the Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Fellowship. Her second novel, When Mountains Move, won the 2014 Carol Award for Historical Fiction and, like her debut, was selected for several Top Reads lists. Visit her online at juliecantrell.wordpress.com, Facebook: juliecantrellauthor, and Twitter: @JulieCantrell.
Drawing on biblical examples, Cantrell reminds the readers that God protected Daniel from the lions. Many of the photographs are extremely comical, as when the narrator says, "I can say out loud, 'I am loved!'" and there is a photograph of a big-eyed monkey with his lips puckered and his neck extended as he screeches.
This is the kind of book that young readers can practice their reading with, while also being reminded of God's care and protection. Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Christy Lockstein5 Stars Out Of 5November 23, 2009Christy LocksteinGod is with Me through the Night by Julie Cantrell is the companion volume to God is with Me through the Day. Again Mia's thoughts: the kitty was silly, afraid of its own shadow. My favorite part of the book was the little puppy feeling alone. Some of the pictures made me feel sad along with the animals. I think I will sleep better tonight because God is with me. My review: This book closely parallels the previous one with another message of not feeling alone and trusting in God's care. Mia strongly related to the images of the animals. In the photos where they appeared sad or frightened, she oohed and awwed in empathy. Following through with the message of hope, we are both hopeful that it is one that will stick with her when she is afraid at night. This set of books would make a terrific gift for a baby shower or as a Christmas present.
Abi4 Stars Out Of 5November 10, 2009AbiWhat a wonderful message that needs reinforced in some children's minds that God is there all the time; even when we sleep. Same message as companion book God is with me through the Day.
Kristina4 Stars Out Of 5March 7, 2009KristinaGod is With Me Through the Night by Julie Cantrell is a companion book to God is With Me Through the Day. In fact, it's an extremely similar book, except it discusses nighttime fears instead of daytime fears.The book outlines a child's typical evening: he plays with his family, snuggles with his parents, and gets tucked into bed with a kiss from mama. But then, in the dark of his bedroom, he begins to feel frightened. He hears "weird noises" and sees "strange shadows." But "Mama tells me God is with me, even in the dark." God kept Daniel safe from the lions, and he keeps children safe, too. "I roar like a tiger, 'I am safe!' And then all the scary thoughts go away. I fall asleep and find my happy dreams."In God's hands, the child feels brave, and loved, and safe. The book ends by quoting Isaiah 41:10 ("Do not fear, for I am with you.")Throughout, the book is illustrated by nature photographs that are beautiful and cute. For example, when bravery is mentioned, we see a bear cub standing on its hind legs and stretching its paws. When happiness is mentioned, we see an ostrich that looks like its smiling. When stretching after a good night's sleep is mentioned, we see a giraffe stretching its hind legs. The photos are fascinating for young kids.What I Like: One of the problems with picture books about fear is that it's difficult to make them universal enough they don't put ideas about previously unknown fears into a child's head. In this case, if your child doesn't already imagine scary shadows and sounds in the dark, this is not a book you want to read them. On the other hand, if your child is afraid of the dark, this is a great title to have in your home library. What I Dislike: I strongly wish the author mentioned prayer as a remedy for fear.Overall Rating: Very good.Kristina Seleshanko, Managing Editor, Christian Children's Book Review