Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Book Nook: OMG! How Children See God

Disclosure: I received complimentary products to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own. 

OMG! How Children See God is a charming book put together by Monica Parker. There are a lot of belief systems out there, and even within one religion, kids have different viewpoints about God. Monica expanded on a question with her own son Remy to get unfiltered opinions on God from other kids. "God is like a king only better” and "I think God is a hug that goes all around the world.” 

This can be a good way to expose kids to the fact that not everyone agrees about God, while still finding some commonalities in how most people view God. 

I'd like to post a few responses from Monica as well.
What inspired you to write this book?
When our son Remy was born, my husband, a French-Canadian Catholic, and me, a mutt born of a High Church of England father and an Austro/Hungarian Jewish mother, knew that we wanted to provide him with a sense of spirituality and Godliness despite our religious differences. To that end, we always told him that God lives inside every living thing, including trees, dogs, spiders and all human beings and although we can't always see God, God is always there. When Remy was seven years old, he told us that he knew someone who had seen God. "When Doctor Sally opened up Grandpa's stomach to get the bad stuff out, she could see God right there inside him.” He said that all doctors could see God whenever they did operations. I was smitten with the imagery and I kept thinking about how he had taken what we had said and it had become real for him. I was also thrilled we were talking about God. That conversation has never stopped.

Why does this story matter?
We live in such difficult times with conflicts sprouting up all over the world. In most cultures, parents want the same things for their children, regardless of their religious differences. I was curious to hear what children of different nationalities, faiths and social strata from around the globe thought about God. The answers I have received to date have educated, illuminated and enchanted me and on occasion have had me laughing out loud.

Monica Parker is an actor, writer, and producer in theatre, television, and film, most notably All Dogs Go to Heaven. She was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland until the age of thirteen when she immigrated with her parents to Toronto, Canada. Monica is currently starring in her insightful and funny one woman show, Sex, Pies & A Few White Lies which premiered in 2010. Monica has just completed two features already under option, and has a recurring role on SciFy's Defiance. Monica lives with her long-time husband and saint, Gilles.

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