Nothing by Natalee Creech is published by WorthyKids, an imprint of Hachette Book Group. This storybook teaches young children that, "Nothing can separate you from God's Love!". The target age is 4-7 years old. The hard cover book is 32 pages in length.
This whole book centers around Romans 8:38-39 which says; "For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." What amazing words those are! The book starts out by quoting these verses. I used the NASB and the book used the CEB version. The pictures in the book are colorful and vibrant. Young children will definitely be drawn to the beautiful pictures. The rhyming style that the book is written in will engage young children. From deep sea exploration to outer space soaring your child will be taken on an adventure.
We all know that children are notorious for asking QUESTIONS! One of the most important
questions that we as parents need to be able to answer for them is, "Can anything separate
me from God's Love?"
I love how the book gives everyday examples that young children can relate to. Storms
are often very scary for young children. God is bigger than even the scariest storm.
God is more powerful and more strong than anything.
His love is deep and long.
The back cover shows a girl on a goat atop a tiny mountain peak.
The story again emphasizes that no matter the circumstance, God's Love
is STRONGER, MORE POWERFUL, HIGHER, DEEPER, and LONGER than all!
These are just my personal thoughts about the book. While the book was endearing and cute the verses the book are based off of are taken out of context. The book teaches Universalism, meaning that it says that ALL are saved and nothing can separate you from God's love, which is not true. We are all separated from Christ until we acknowledges that we are sinners deserving of death and that apart from Christ's death on the cross there is no forgiveness of sin or salvation. I would have loved if the book would have briefly included what separates us from Christ and then gone into all of the wonderful ways of how nothing can separate us from God's love.
With that said, I think that this book can still be a great way to engage with your young children about God. For me I would add in a further discussion as I mentioned above. It is never too early to teach the gospel of Christ to young children.
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