Thursday, August 29, 2019

"Sophie and the Heidelberg Cat" - a bookwrap


What is Grace? 

What is the spiritual meaning of grace?

Divine grace is a theological term present in many religions. It has been defined as the divine influence which operates in humans to regenerate and sanctify, to inspire virtuous impulses, and to impart strength to endure trial and resist temptation; and as an individual virtue or excellence of divine origin.


"Sophie and the Heidelberg Cat" 

Authored by Andrew Wilson 
Illustrated by Helena Perez Garcia

* Age Range:  5-6 
* Grade Level:  PS-3
* Hardcover:  32 pages
* Publisher:  Crossway Books
* Pub. Date:  August 20, 2019
* Language:  English

 Unwrapping Some Endorsements

“I think kids of all ages will enjoy the intriguing dialogue between Sophie and her neighbor’s cat. It gives parents a lot to think about, too. Even better— everyone will remember the most comforting, time-tested answer to the question of all questions: What is your only comfort in life and in death?
Gloria Furman, author, Missional Motherhood and Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full

“Outstanding! A beautifully written and illustrated book. Sophie and the Heidelberg Cat engages the youngest child with its splendid color and images. Written in poetic style, the dialogue between Sophie and the cat visualizes for little ones what guilt, forgiveness, and hope in Christ look like. Our six-year-old was simply riveted.”

David and Shona Murray, authors, Refresh: Embracing a Grace-Paced Life in a World of Endless Demands

Unwrapping Some Wonderful Illustrations For You To Enjoy

Unwrapping The Story  

This story is based on the Heidelberg Catechism, a Christian document that was written in Germany in 1563.  

Sophie is very upset as her sister Michaela has broken her dollhouse and nobody seems to care.  She pushes her sister down, yells at her parents and storms upstairs to her room.  She looks out her window and notices the Heidelberg's white cat on the chimney.  What happens next is truly supernatural.  

The cat actually speaks to her and asks her a question . "You're crying. What for?"

Really?  Did the cat actually talk to her?  How can that be?  She explains to him her feelings and how she feels very guilty about the way she behaved.  She is most upset because not only did she upset her family but she upset God by her angry and inappropriate response to her broken dollhouse. 

The magical cat invites her to go for a walk along the rooftops and together they have a wonderful discussion about the gospel of "grace."  The whole conversation is based on the first question and answer of the Hiedelberg Catechism.;  "What is your only comfort and life and in death?  That I am not my own, but belong... to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ."  

The illustrations certainly enrich the book's message and are beautiful.  The book with its engaging rhymes gives those sharing the book to have meaningful conversations that will help a child understand the meaning of "grace" in a deeper and personal way.  I highly recommend this book. 

Storywraps Rating - 5+++ HUGS!!!!!

Meet the Author 

Andrew Wilson (PhD, King's College London) is the teaching pastor at King's Church London and a columnist for Christianity Today. He is the author of several books, including Unbreakable and The Life We Never Expected (with his wife, Rachel).

About the Illustrator

Helena Perez Garcia is a London-based illustrator who specializes in portraits, editorial illustration, and book illustration. Her work is inspired by art, literature, and films, and has been featured by publishing houses, publications, and newspapers, such as Penguin Random House and BuzzFeed.

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