Friday, January 9, 2015

Book Review: It Will Be Okay By Lysa TerKeurst

It Will be Okay: Trusting God Through Fear and Change

Book Description:
In the end, it will be okay because God is always with us.

Whether we like it or not, growing up brings change. For many children, this conjures fears that are sometimes real and sometimes imagined. How can kids learn that even when they face new and unfamiliar situations, they don’t have to be afraid?  

Little Seed and Little Fox are facing changes and brand new circumstances—and they don’t like it one bit! Through this unlikely friendship, children will discover that no matter how new or fearful their circumstances, God is always with them. The whimsical art by Natalia Moore will put a smile on kids’ faces and put their minds at ease. Just as Little Seed and Little Fox learn to trust that the Farmer is good and B00KQ2G182kind, children will also learn to trust God. 

Written by New York Times bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst, It Will Be Okay will help kids discover that the end, it really will be okay because we have a God who is good and kind and always with us.

Book Review:

I'll admit I was a little iffy when I picked this book to review. Sometimes Christian Children's stories can be....a little cheesy. But the cover did grab my attention with it's cuteness, and it made me wonder why a fox would try to shelter a seed in the rain. Plus, "Trusting God through fear and change" is something I want my children to learn, so...I gave it a try.
I'm so glad I did :) This was a super cute book. Super super cute. My kids beg me to read it again and again to them. They didn't say it in these words, but they basically told me that they liked Little Seed because they could relate to him. He is cozy and comfy where he is, and doesn't want to change anything.  My favorite parts (besides the illustration, which is just beautifully done. My kids love it and look at all the details on each page...even my two year old will point and ask me what everything is) were the farmer who is "Good and kind...and always watching over them..." and the part that says, "Little Seed was never supposed to be just a see in a seed packet. And Little Fox was not supposed to be alone and afraid." That really resonated with me. I've been thinking a lot lately about becoming who God wants me to be, so I'm glad to have my children read about this now while they are young and it's probably easier to make the changes that need to be made.
It's not cheesy or over done on the religious side. Actually, until the very last page it doesn't mention Heavenly Father at all (I mean, the Farmer is supposed to represent Him, so He's throughout the whole book, but not specifically mentioned by name).
This was actually a book that I'd consider giving to others as a gift. Not just younger children either. I think it would make a cute Visiting Teaching gift as well. There is a powerful lesson taught here.
Overall I think your kids will enjoy it just as much as all 5 of mine did. I have a range of kids from 9 down to 2, and I enjoyed it as well.

It Will be Okay: Trusting God Through Fear and Change 
Title: It Will Be Okay: Trusting God through fear and change
Author: Lysa TerKeurst
Illustrator: Natalia Moore
ASIN: B00KQ2G182
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Published: October 2014
Source: I received a copy from the publishers through Booklook Bloggers in exchange for a review