God Gives Us Choices by Hope Rethman, illustrated by Jackie Arling
Hope (Hegemann) Rethman is a former third grade teacher. She took a leave of absence from her career to stay home with her children. During this time, Hope taught second grade religion classes for her local Catholic parish and wrote her first children’s book, God Gives Us Choices. She recently returned to the classroom as a intervention teacher. Hope resides in Maria Stein, Ohio with her husband and their four children.
God Gives Us Choices captures a powerful moment between a young boy and his mother as they share a conversation sparked by a question asked by children everywhere: “Why does God let bad stuff happen?” As this endearing story unfolds, the boy and his mother discuss God’s gift of free will and the impact our choices have on others. The boy ultimately learns that, although he is only eight years old, he can make a positive difference. His choices and actions can help to keep “bad stuff” from happening.
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God Gives Us Choices is a great story to help children understand why bad things happen in this world. Even adults wonder the same question, but the truth is that God gave us free will. He gave us the choice to do what is right and what is wrong. Children will appreciate the tender way the mother sits down by her son and spends time with him at bedtime discussing what's on his mind. Parent's will appreciate the powerful meaning the story will leave behind to the reader. No matter what age someone is, or how young, they can always make a difference in someone's life. Even though God gave us free will to make choices, he also gave us the courage and strength to help others see what the right choice is.
The illustrations by Jackie Arling are colorful and bright and compliment the text. Readers of all ages will enjoy reading this 28 page softcover picture book over and over again whenever they need gentle reminders about God's love and the courage do to what is right.