Saturday, November 2, 2019

Review: The Moon is Always Round by Jonathan Gibson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Even young children want answers to the hard questions about God and suffering. In The Moon Is Always Round, seminary professor and author Jonathan Gibson uses the vivid imagery of the moon to explain to children how God’s goodness is always present, even when it might appear to be obscured by upsetting or difficult circumstances.

In this beautiful, two-color illustrated book, he allows readers to eavesdrop on the conversations he had with his young son in response to his sister’s death. Father and son share a simple liturgy together that reminds them that, just as the moon is always round despite its different phases, so also the goodness of God is always present throughout the different phases of life.

A section in the back of the book offers further biblical help for parents and caregivers in explaining God’s goodness to children. Jonathan Gibson reminds children of all ages that God’s goodness is present in the most difficult of times, even if we can’t always see it.

My Review: 

The Moon Is Always Round is a beautifully illustrated children’s book that helps them with questions they may have about grief. I thought this book was pretty good at answering some questions. I found it to be sad but brings reality to children. I liked that the book includes some useful resources at the end that parents can use. 

I am giving The Moon Is Always Round four and a half stars. I recommend it. 

I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.

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