Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Berenstain Bears: God Made You Special

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”
Matthew 5:8

In this book, the Bruins join the Bear family for a cookout and bring their cousin Tommy along. It isn't long before the cubs start up a game of baseball and Sister soon notices that Tommy doesn't play like the rest of the group. When Sister asks about Tommy, Mama takes the opportunity to talk to Sister about how God makes each of us unique in our own way and reminds her that we all have special gifts and talents to share with the folks around us.

I'm a sap.  I'll be the first to admit that!  I cry at sweet commercials, tear up when my kids say something cute, and regularly cry on Sunday mornings during worship time.  So no one should be surprised that I cried while reading this book to my four year old special needs child!

There are so many things I love about this book:  the simple message it conveys, the way the kids just play with and accept Tommy the way he is, the wise words his aunt speaks about him...but this quote pretty much sums it all up:  

" 'Yes,' said Mrs. Bruin.  'There is a special joy in Tommy--a special kind of happiness.   Maybe God wants us to see that joy and be joyful, too, just like Tommy.' "

There's so much truth in those words.  I wish everyone could see that about special needs children.  I know I'm reminded every time I look at my daughter!

What a beautiful book with a beautiful message!

Disclaimer:  I'm a Book Looks Blogger and receive books in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

1 comment:

Raelyn said...

Julie....
Wow.... Having grown up with The Berenstain Bears books as a girl, I've never read this one!! Now I want to purchase it!! Thanks for the book review, Friend!! ;)
Love you later, Raelyn