Magazine article Anglican Journal

Books for the Young

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Books for the Young

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BOOK REVIEWS

In God's Name

by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso

Jewish Lights Publishing

$23.95 (hard cover)

ISBN 1-879045-26-5

God In Between

by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso

Jewish Lights Publishing

$24.95 (hard cover)

ISBN 1-879045-86-9

Fog Cat

by Marilyn Helmer

Kids Can Press

$15.95 (hard cover)

ISBN 1-55074-460-7

The Last Safe House

A Story of the Underground Railroad

by Barbara Greenwood

Kids Can Press

$22.95, paper

ISBN 1-55074-509-3

Growing in the Dark

by Nancy Marrocco

Novalis/Wood Lake

$12.95

ISBN 2-89088-856 8 / 1-55145-307-X

OF ALL THE possible Christmas gift books for children, this year's pride of place goes to a pair written by a woman rabbi whose titles often appear on Christian best-seller lists. Others, less explicitly "religious," nevertheless offer insights that reflect Christian values; there is also one here that may help parents share their own Christianity with their offspring.

Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso writes and lectures on such issues as the renewal of spirituality and women and religion. She is also an expert on the spiritual imagination and religious discovery of children of all faiths, all backgrounds. She uses this to weave magical stories that encourage conversation about God between adults and children. Their poetic text and vibrant illustrations combine the flavour of ancient myth with contemporary reality.

In God's Name explores the ancient argument about the true name of God among the seekers of the world. This modern fable about the search for God's name celebrates the diversity and, at the same time, the unity of all the people of the world. As each searcher claims alone to know God's name, they come together to discover the ultimate harmony of belief in one God. For an adult, this can be goosepimple stuff; for the young, the awakening of the natural mystic that is in every child. (age 4-up)

God In Between deals with the question "If you wanted to find God, where would you look?" The townsfolk of the book's mythical village turn to the only two people in the entire town who they know can help. …

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