Sometimes a simple children's book has a message that is so clear that the reader can't help but to understand the message. Less often, in my case, I am willing to listen to the message as an adult. All too often we expect the many moral messages in children's literature to only apply to children.
Am I Forgiving? I was excited for our family to check it out. A gift to us a few years ago was the title Am I Praying? also by Jeannie St. John Taylor which we like.
Erik's friends treats him poorly...but through it all he checks his emotions and thinks through his disappointment and loneliness. I love how he works through each difficult situation and continues to forgive.
I say, "That's okay, guys, I'm not mad." And I'm really not. That proves I already forgave them, doesn't it? It's not hard to forgive them, because they weren't mean on purpose."
Erik is even able to forgive his best friend who purposely treated him meanly on purpose. AND it seems natural in the book...not forced at all...because Erik shares his thoughts and feelings with the reader.
What a great book to help each of us, young and old, to check our own behaviors and attitude and to forgive! It's so easy to be bitter and hold a grudge!
Thank you, Kregel Publishers, for sending me this copy for review purposes.
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