Was it worth it?

As a family, we began a reading challenge in January 2018 called ‘The Cover is Not the Book’. The idea was for us to read those books that are sitting on the shelf unread – perhaps because they don’t look as appealing as the more popular, newer alternatives. So now the challenge is over – how did it go? Was it worthwhile?

Absolutely and conclusively – yes! But not for the reasons I thought it would be.

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Joanne Gilchrist
The Cover is Not the Book Reading Challenge

My ten-year-old daughter’s favourite book is one that sat on a shelf for two years, unread, because she didn’t like the look of it. It’s called Curse of the Spider King and she hates spiders. Eventually I read it myself and loved it so much that I bought the other books in the trilogy and began reading it aloud to her sister. My ten-year-old listened, was intrigued, picked it up for herself and devoured it! Now the whole trilogy is top of her favourite books list and she’s read them twice.

It got me thinking how many others books are sitting, unread, on the shelf because we don’t like the cover and we have started a reading challenge called ‘The Cover is not the Book’, inspired by a song from Mary Poppins Returns.

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What does God look like?

The other night, I’m helping my 5 year old to brush her teeth and she asks ‘Does God have teeth, Mum?’

“What do you think, sweetheart?” I reply, intrigued.

“I think He does.” She says, matter-of-factly. Then she spits, rinses and goes off to her bedroom.

But since no one has actually ever seen God (it says so in the Bible, John 1:18) how would you answer that question?

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Joanne Gilchrist
If God is really real, what is He like?

Why does the app God for Kids choose to begin the description of God with God is Invisible, God Feels, God Thinks, God Chooses, God is Good and God is Love? Are they the most important characteristics of God? Not necessarily. Are they the most fun or the most interesting? Possibly. Was I stuck for ideas? Definitely not!

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Joanne Gilchrist