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LocalLit book review: 'Worship is More Than You Think' by Jennifer Abbott of Channahon

Jennifer Abbott of Channahon is the author of this book for children.
Jennifer Abbott of Channahon is the author of this book for children.

I remember Jennifer Lynn Abbott telling me, during our interview a couple years ago about her book "Worship Is More Than You Think" that she intended the book to have versatile uses.

Often when an author writes about worship for children, the art is either very cartoonish with bold colors or the prose is very simple.

Neither is true in this Channahon woman's book.

Although the art has a slight "cartoon" feel, the colors aren't bold, flashy or "in your face." The prose is also has a mature tone, which is often not found in a children's book.

And each reflection comes with a Bible verse and not the typical Bible verses one typically finds in children's books, such as this one:

But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. John 4:23.

I think that's because the book is meant to appeal to children, not necessarily be read by children on their own.

I have bought two copies of "Worship is More Than You Think." I gave one to my oldest son to use with his children. And I gave the other to my second oldest son to use with his children.

Here is its Amazon description: Ever wonder how you can give back to God? Ever wonder if God will look at you and use you even if you are young? This book may have the answer for you.

"Worship can wear many different hats. God knows if we are truly giving him praise, because He sees what we don't. After all God doesn't look at us with a human eye. He sees everything and knows every emotion and attitude.

"This book takes you down a path of understanding what God looks at. I pray it helps give you a better understanding of your passion, your God, and yourself."

Here are some ways I envision this book being used:

• By parents, to help them grasp ways to model worship to their children and encourage them to worship, too.

• By parents, reading the book to young children and explaining in words the children will understand, the essential principals of each reflection.

• By parents and older children as a devotional

• By teens, to help them remain childlike as they grow in the faith.

The writing and the art are not so childish as to not appeal to older children and adults.

The concepts are not so lofty that children won't be able to grasp them.

Buy it on Amazon.


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