Anna's Heaven
Written by Stian Hole
The Geese March in Step
Written by Jean-Francois Dumont
A Less Than Perfect Peace
Written by Jacqueline Levering Sullivan
A Pond Full of Ink
Written by Sieb Posthuma and Annie M.G. Schmidt
The War within These Walls
Written by Aline Sax and Caryl Strzelecki
Little Naomi, Little Chick
Written by Avirama Golan and Raaya Karas
Friends of Liberty
Written by Beatrice Gormley
Ready and Waiting for You
Written by Judi Moreillon and Catherine Stock
A Girl Called Problem
Written by Katie Quirk

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J. Bradley Wigger

J. Bradley Wigger (or just Brad) is the professor of religious education at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He sometimes writes books with titles like Original Knowing: How Religion, Science, and the Human Mind Point to the Irreducible Depth of Life. His latest book, though, is called Thank You, God.

Brad Wigger has done a lot of research into how children think about God. With a grant from the Templeton foundation, he explored the relationship between the common phenomenon of children’s imaginary friends and a childhood belief in God. As he put it, “How on earth do we help children understand an invisible God? That’s the key question. It seems you almost can’t stop them. They do it really easily.”

Reading his wonderful picture book Thank You, God to children can bring this idea to light. With its brilliant, colorful, inviting illustrations from Jago, Thank You, God shows children the amazing, mind-bogglingly diverse world we live in and offers some simple words of thanks to God. It isn’t really a lesson in thankfulness, though. In fact, if J. Bradley Wigger is correct, to kids it will seem as natural as speaking to a friend they’ve always known.


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