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Library : Book Reviews > Emma & Mommy...

Emma & Mommy Talk to God
By Marianne Williamson
Illustrated by Julie Noonan

Review by: Angela Vargas

      This is a beautifully illustrated and inspiring story, written as a support for parents to help teach children that God is here and with us. The story begins one morning as Emma and her Mommy "talk to God". They thank him for all things around them in nature. Another morning, young Emma comes to Mommy with this age old question, "Where do I come from?" The author gives a love filled answer in "From God, sweetheart, God loves you very much, and he loves Mommy too, so he sent you to Mommy so that we could be together." What an extraordinary thing for a child to hear. How loved and important that must make them feel. The story moves on with more child-like questions that could easily come from the mouths of any of our children. Their wondrous curiosity comes to life through the mind and soul of this small girl. She wonders who is God, what are angels, and learns how to turn to God in time of need and fear. Emma becomes so comforted in her mother's words and teachings that she can physically feel the angels around her "like a soft, fuzzy blanket." One day, everything Emma had learned came to a test. A young boy at school had been unkind to her and she came to her Mommy not able to understand why, wondering if God was somehow not "in" the boy, Peter. Mommy taught Emma how to pray for others when they are need. She did so, praying that the wondrous angels she had come to know would surround Peter and bring him happiness, as they had her. Lo and behold the next day, Emma dropped her sweater and Peter handed it back to her. This sealed it for Emma. She now knew for sure, that she could always depend on God. This made her very happy. 
      The author writes a letter to the grown-ups at the end of the book, expressing her belief that "parents are the primary spiritual teachers of our children." She goes on to say that we "must commit to feeding our children's souls in the same way we commit to feeding their bodies."
      I believe this book could be a wonderful tool for helping your children learn to trust in God. The illustrations are simply angelic, to say the least, and really add to the serenity of this story. I recommend this book for ages 3-7.

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