September 21, 2014

Why Dogs Are...

Why Dogs Are… on Amazon.

This book depicts a story about how God uses a dog to help get his message of love and forgiveness across to a blind and deaf little boy named Brian. The illustrations are lovely, the pages are colorful and high quality, and the hardback cover is smooth and attractive.

The Author has good intentions with this story. It’s sweet and simple enough for young readers to understand. I love that the dog is a good companion and helper for Brian.

With that said, even though this book is a fictional tale, I took pause with some of it. Fiction is tricky with children, especially the very young. (This book is geared to ages 3+.) Especially when it involves God, Heaven, and the Bible. It is okay to tell fictional stories involving God and Heaven, as long as it doesn’t contradict what the Bible teaches.

When a child reads a tale it becomes real to them, whether it is from the Bible or a fictional account, separating the two can be tricky. Dogs did not live in Heaven prior to being on Earth (as this story states) and nowhere in the Bible does it state that God sent dogs to aid in spreading His truths.

Again, though this is a work of fiction, I don’t feel the contradictions to the Bible should be overlooked or taken lightly. In my opinion, the statements in this book (no matter how well intended) can cause confusion in a child’s mind:

* The Bible states living creatures, animals, and humans were created on the Earth on the fifth and sixth day. (This book contradicts this.)
* The Bible states that God touches hearts, has sent Angels who wrestled with men, etc. (This book contradicts this.)

My overall opinion:
The main messages of this book are (1) God loves us and (2) we should love one another with forgiveness and grace—two beautiful premises for a children’s book. Using a dog to brighten a young boys life, especially one who is disabled, is also a tender and poignant ingredient. But even with these lovely aspects, I feel the author, though I’ve no doubt wrote this with a loving heart and good intentions, somewhat missed the mark. There are ways to tell this beautiful story without contradicting Bible truths.

Good intentions – but missed the mark. 2 Stars. I don't recommend.

Cover: Like it
Title: Like it
Publisher: Carpenter’s Son Publishing
Pages: 17
First Line: Dogs weren’t always called dogs.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a Review Copy free from the publisher through the book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The options I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 

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