I’ve read hundreds of picture books in my years of being a parent, but rarely does a children’s picture book make my top ten list. Yet this one is beautifully illustrated and presents a wonderful image of who God is and what God is like. I am grateful Matthew Paul Turner was able to finish this after Rachel’s death.
Along with that, Eugene Cho edited and finished Rachel’s book Wholehearted Faith which deserves a spot in the top ten as well. It is an honest, thoughtful and beautiful book. We lost Rachel too soon but we can be thankful for her works.
This was one of the first books I read back in January but it has stayed in my mind throughout the whole year. Along with his first book, Color of Compromise, this book solidifies Tisby as a scholar and leader. I am excited to continue to learn from him over the years. Of course, this book is not just for head knowledge but contains practical tools and ideas.
I like to list “honorable mention” type books on the same theme as the books in my top ten. This year I have been slowly reading Taylor Branch’s trilogy on the Civil Rights movement: Parting the Waters (1954-1963), Pillar of Fire (1963-1965) and At Canaan’s Edge (1965-1968). These books are THICK and filled with names. I’d be lying if I said I read every single word. But they are an accomplishment of scholarship. I hope to finish At Canaan’s Edge by years end. For history buffs, these are worthy of a feast.