Just in Case You Ever Wonder
By: Max Lucado (Illustrations: Eve Tharlet)
Expected Publication: August 6th 2019 by Thomas Nelson (first published October 20th 1992)
Genre: Children's, Picture Books
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss (Thank you!!)
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Goodreads description--This book assures children of God's love through all their experiences—including during hard times such as being afraid of the dark or being bullied—and gives assurance that the parent was there when they were first born and will be with them even in heaven.
Max Lucado's classic book Just in Case You Ever Wonder has made its way into hearts and story times around the world. This award-winning book about the love between a parent and child
has sold 1.7 million copies, touching lives for more than 25 years;
now includes new, breathtaking art from Eve Tharlet;
is perfect for children ages 3–7; and
reminds children of Jesus’ unconditional love.
Whether you have treasured this classic book for years or are reading it for the first time with your little ones, this timeless reminder of the love between a parent and a child—and ultimately, between God the Father and us—will come to hold a special place in your heart and home. Children long to hear they’re special and loved. Just in Case You Ever Wonder assures them that as they grow and change, in both good and bad times, you—and their heavenly Father—will always be on their side . . . just in case they ever wonder.
Just in Case You Ever Wonder is the first children's book I've ever reviewed here on my blog. And honestly, I don't plan to increase the frequency of this genre, but when I saw Just in Case You Ever Wonder available for review, I kept feeling drawn to it. And after reading it, I feel like there's a real reason why.
First off, I don't know what it is about bears that we love so much for children's books. Such a fierce creature can be so endearing in a children's book illustration. I wish the review version that I received was designed to show both page openings at a time so that I could get a better feel for the actual illustration design as it's meant to be.
From a parent's perspective, this story melted my heart. It's so important to teach our children where they come from. To instill in them at an early age that they were and are wanted. And they were and are loved. That they're important. And not just important to us parents (which the book does a great job of focusing on), but they are infinitely important to God as well. This storybook is such a simple way to do that. From my personal experience, my children want to read the same books over and over again, and if they're hearing the message of this book on repeat then it will really sink in.
In a culture where seven-year-olds are committing suicide due to bullying, we could stand to pound the message of God's love into them. When I was reading Just in Case You Ever Wonder to my 3-year-old daughter, she would turn around and give me the biggest hugs during certain parts of the book. It made me feel like the message was sinking in and she was certainly feeling very special and important at that moment.
Just in Case You Ever Wonder is easily a 5 Star Children's book in my mind. I will be purchasing my own copy for my family. And this is the type of book that I see giving to my friends when they have children as well. Have you read Just in Case You Ever Wonder? What did you think? Let me know!