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Because Nothing Looks Like God

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With the help of Because Nothing Looks Like God you can encourage children to develop their own personal relationship with God. Remember, whatever children say about God is true for them. There are no wrong answers. What is God like?

Mixing sparks of curiosity and spiritual imagination, this wondrous book lights children's creativity and shows how God is with us everyday in every way.

In this, their first collaborative book, husband-and-wife team Lawrence and Karen Kushner combine their expertise to help introduce children to the possibilities of spiritual life. Real-life examples of happiness and sadness—from goodnight stories, to the hope and fear felt the first time at bat, to the closing moments of someone's life—invite parents and children to explore, together, the questions we all have about God, no matter what our age.

Three poetic spiritual stories will delight children of all ages:

• "Where is God?"
• "What Does God Look Like?"
• "How Does God Make Things Happen"
Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, one of the most widely read authors on Jewish spiritual life, is the Emanu-El Scholar at San Francisco’s Congregation Emanu-El and visiting professor of Jewish spirituality at the Graduate Theological Union. He is the bestselling author of such books for adults as Filling Words with Light: Hasidic and Mystical Reflections on Jewish Prayer; Honey from the Rock: An Introduction to Jewish Mysticism; The Book of Letters: A Mystical Hebrew Alphabet; and The Way Into Jewish Mystical Tradition (all Jewish Lights), among many others. His children’s books include Because Nothing Looks Like God (with Karen Kushner) and In God’s Hands (with Gary Schmidt) (both Jewish Lights), among many others.

From Publishers Weekly

Nov 08, 2000 – Lawrence Kushner (The Book of Miracles: A Young Person's Guide to Jewish Spiritual Awareness) and Karen Kushner (contributor to How to Be a Jewish Parent) tackle three big questions in this discussion-starter of a book: Where is God? What does God look like? How does God make things happen? There is no story here, just these three questions and the Kushners' sometimes profound, sometimes contrived, answers. God is "in the way people come together.... And in the Band-Aid fix-up after a fall." God is also "in birdchirp, frogsong and chattering squirrels,/ And in the fly caught in the spider's web." The Kushners are at their best in their refusal to simplify: "God doesn't look like anything.../ Because there is nothing to see." The last section takes a few theological shortcuts. The authors explain how God works by advising readers to "look at your town. One family gives money for people who lost their home.... Look in the mirror. Can you visit someone who feels lonely? Or pick up trash in the playground?" Kids who are sticklers for logic may not be convinced (What about the homeless families who are not helped?), but others will feel ennobled: God makes things happen "with little hands, and big hands.... With your hands." Parents who want help teaching difficult religious concepts will like the Kushners' method of bridging abstract ideas and concrete images. Majewski's (King Midas) uniformly cheerful but unevenly executed pictures mostly serve up tableaux of multiracial families in international settings. Lacking the sophistication of the text, the art threatens to dumb down the authors' ambitious presentation. Ages 4-up.
Because Nothing Looks Like God
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Religion
  • Published: Oct 01, 2000
  • Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
  • Seller: LongHill Partners, Inc
  • Print Length: 32 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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