I suppose if there were a “Mount Rushmore” of Christian authors, Max Lucado would be among the faces immortalized there. I’ve read his books for years and when he ventured into authoring children’s books, it was inevitable that I would one day read them to my future children (and I do now to my son). His gift with words is unmatched by any other writer and has encouraged so many people over the years.
Therefore, when the opportunity presented itself to review his latest children’s book, I’m Not a Scaredy-Cat, I lunged at it with complete abandon. Not only would I have an amazing book to add to my son’s growing collection, but just the idea of being able to review a Max Lucado book delighted me.
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The characters in this book, which are illustrated by Shirley Ng-Benitez, are colorful and vibrant, catching the attention of children and adults right away. The cat is, of course, the main character. He’s cute even when he’s scared (although my son says the cat is a “she” not a “he”).
The book takes us through various scenarios that the cat experiences that make him fearful, such terrifying experiences as a marching band parading down the street, an elephant at the zoo, and the dreaded sprinkles at the bakery…gasp! Through it all, the cat reverts to a simple prayer to help him be the “brave cat, strong cat” he purports to be.
“God, you are good. God, you are near. God, you are here. And God, you love me.”
What an amazing way to show our children that even in the scariest of circumstances, we can count on God to be there and we can pray to Him any time of night or day.
A typical child’s fears might include…
- monsters in the closet.
- a dark room.
- alligators under the bed.
- big dogs.
Some of these might seem silly to us, but to a child, those fears are just as real as the Scaredy-Cat’s fear of a caterpillar on his foot. It’s important not to dismiss a child’s fear, no matter how unreasonable it may seem to us.
But that doesn’t mean they have to be consumed by that fear. A simple prayer like the one in this book might be just the trick to squelch a child’s worst fear and remind him or her that God definitely is near and loves him or her so dearly.
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Prayer calms us. And it’s the same for our children. This book is the perfect way to introduce prayer as a means of alleviating fears for a young child. It would make a great Christmas gift for a child you love!
Love in Christ,