Monday, March 12, 2018

"I CAN ONLY IMAGINE" - a bookwrap


"I Can Only Imagine (picture book): A Friendship with Jesus Now and Forever"

Authored by Bart Millard
Illustrated by Sumiti Collina

Ages: 4-8
Grade Level: PS-3
Pub. Date: March 13, 2018
Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Unwrapping some wonderful illustrations

About the book

The Christian worship song "I Can Only Imagine" took the Christian community by storm when it was released. Millions were touched by the very thought of trying to imagine what God would be like and what it would be like to spend a day in His presence.

The book follows a little boy's heart as he tires to imagine that special place called heaven. He contemplates such questions as: What does God do all day? Does God have a pet Himself? Would he be allowed to bounce on clouds all day long and not have to wear a scratchy choir robe? Is there breakfast featuring fluffy pancakes and warm biscuits served up there? Does heaven offer ice cream before lunch with ginormous scoops of every flavour that resemble an ice cream bouquet?... and many, many more.

The diversity of happy children's faces and the wrapping up of a day filled with heavenly adventures terminates under a star-studded sky around a cozy campfire singing praises to the heavenly Father and His goodness.  

Fun-filled, vibrantly coloured illustrations, depict children playing who are overflowing with pure joy.  They are excited to share with each other about the day that they spent with God.  They discover He is omnipotent and delights to take part in every aspect of their lives.   

Written in rhyme this faith-inspired book encourages a child's sense of wonder and faith and encourages him to open up his imagination and dare to dream what heaven may be like.  It assures him that God is with him here on earth each and every day as he goes about his normal life.  

I love that the story is written through the eyes of an open-minded and curious child who takes time to be quiet and reflective, setting  time aside to dream about spiritual things.  I know this book will be an inspiration of hope as to what is in store for people of all ages now and in the future. "I Can Only Imagine"  opens up a shared dialogue of the pleasure of having a personal relationship with the God and will have them looking forward to the wonderful things that lie ahead for them.  As it is written in the Bible, "Thy Kingdom come, on earth as it is in heaven" rings very true in this story.   I highly recommend it.  

Storywraps Rating...  5 +++ HUGS!!!!

About the author

Bart Millard is a founding member and lead singer of the multi-platinum selling contemporary Christian band MercyMe. He is married to his childhood sweetheart, Shannon. They reside in Franklin, TN along with their children Sam, Gracie, Charlie, Sophie and Miles. 

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