66 Ways God Loves You
Experiencing God’s Love for You in Every Book of the Bible
A new book by Jennifer Rothschild
I was very excited to get this book in the mail. The title and subtitle intrigued me. Four key words stood out to me… Experience…Love…Every…Book. Sign me up! I want to experience love in every book of the Bible. More excited than skeptical, still I questioned finding this “love” in the rule oriented Leviticus and lineage laden Numbers. This experiencing of God’s love even in the hard books felt like a personal challenge direct from the author to me and I was willing to accept the offer.
When the book arrived at my doorstep, I could not have been more pleased. This small, square book fit so nicely in my hands as I gazed at the lovely cover. I wanted to frame it and hang it on my wall. The colors and textures present were so pleasing to look at and brush my hand across, that I found myself engulfed in simply staring at the cover. The beauty of the cover and the promise of the title began to beg me, in the midst of my staring, to open the book.
As a third grader, Jennifer Rothschild, first fell in love with her red leather Bible and thus in love with God and His word. But by age fifteen, she could no longer read the Lord’s beautifully breathed words. Jennifer’s eyes had succumbed to retinal disease and she became blind. Though illness prevented her from reading, nothing kept her from God’s poignant truths. She found that audio books and eventually Bible apps. would become her new norm for imbibing God’s word.
As the Bible begins at The Beginning, so does Jennifer’s book. Starting with Genesis and continuing right through to Revelation. Each section is headed by a beautifully flowered title page. For example, the first one is, “In Genesis God Fashioned Me with His Hands”. Each section of the book follows this heading structure making it crystal clear to the reader what the meat of the section is about. Each section title in turn becomes the take away for the reader to remember, a short summation of the commentary Rothschild includes following each section title. In each of these phrases, she has brilliantly gift-wrapped each of the 66 books of the Bible.
As with all good books, we as readers are compelled to devour and apply the hand-crafted words on each page. Rothschild’s book induces such actions. The commentaries, one for each of the 66 books of the Bible, are short but full. They are easy to read and delicious to digest.
Intrigued by the book’s promise of experiencing God’s love even in the hard chapters, I was drawn to the sections on Leviticus and Numbers. “In Leviticus God Grants Me Access to Him”. Such a simple sentence, nothing difficult in the verbiage, but so laden with depth and love! When I read this I thought to myself, to boil down a meaty book like Leviticus with this sentence makes me see the book in a new light! The whole book of Leviticus, right there, laid out in one phrase. One phrase that carries so much meaning!
Okay, she nailed Leviticus…but what about Numbers? “In Numbers God Shelters Me in Cities of Refuge”. When I think of the word Shelter I do not normally connect it to the word Love. I usually think about shelter as a necessity, not a comfort. I think of shelter as what is needed to get by, to get out of the rain temporarily, not as a permanent structure. But, that is not how God uses the word shelter. God becomes our shelter, not just as a Band-Aid, but as a warm embrace designed to lift us closer to Him. God as our shelter is love.
Jennifer Rothschild continues on with each book of the Bible in this fashion, bringing to light each book’s simple yet deeply profound truth. Each truth is rooted in the love God has for us. And each truth is addicting to read.
GIVE YOUR CHILD THE WORLD
THE WINNER HAS BEEN SELECTED!! Kim Isenhower is the proud winner of this book! I hope you enjoy the book Kim!
I adore books!
Hi, I am Christina and I am a self-professed, overflowing bookshelf, book hoarder.
I can’t help it, I just love books; the binding, the smell of the pages, even the publication information page. The dates always fascinate me. Oh! And the covers, front and back with enticing pictures, creative font and the cleverly written titles and subtitles. I study book covers out of pure love and intrigue for what they promise…a journey to somewhere far away or even in my own backyard. The promised journey captivates me every time I pick up a book.
A new book fell into my hands this past week.
Give Your Child the World; Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time, by Jamie C. Martin piqued my curiosity and sense of adventure with the title typed against the cool teal background of the book. Wow! I want to give my kids the world, how can I ever do this on my shoestring, single –income budget? I wondered this as I flipped through the book curious what secretes this book held. As I turned pages I landed on the Table of Contents. Ripe with unique chapter titles, the Contents invited me in with phrases like; Bring the Rain: Africa, Silent Music: Middle East, and How to Raise a World Changer. These and the other chapter titles called me to investigate the book further, where I next found a deliciously simple yet complex poem by the author.
The poem is called The World in Our Homes, and in its deep simplicity it expresses a truth that often goes unnoticed, especially in my home I am afraid. Martin writes about how the world is right at her fingertips all around her home from the bed sheets made in Vietnam to the storybook she read to her kids that was set in Germany and the dishes her family uses that were made in Thailand. Mexican take-out food, a movie set in London…Martin makes a clear visual that while the world may seem out of reach, it is really all around us, all we have to do is open our eyes and notice it. She ends the poem with my now favorite quote from her book, “Could it be we’re already more connected to the world than we realize?” I answer her question with a resounding, YES! With excitement I turned the page. My awareness was roused and my eyes and heart were open to learning a new truth in the pages of this book.
Give Your Child the World is a valuable reference book. It is a book about books! What self-professed book hoarder wouldn’t love a book about books? The last three quarters of the book is a highly organized reference section of globally minded books for children. Most books are fictional, but Martin does include some non-fiction throughout each section. She brilliantly organizes each section based on country and/or region and then by age. Her goal was to, “choose the age in which I believe a child would get the most out of the book’s message”. Therefore, age ranges for books are broken down as follows; 4-6 years, 6-8 years, 8-10 years and finally 10-12 years. The hundreds of books listed in Give Your Child the World have such yummy titles which, alone, made me underline many and dog-ear several pages. Martin the goes a step further, beyond just listing the titles of spectacular books for children, she annotates each one briefly. Each description gives an interesting glimpse into the book noted.
While the majority of the book is a full listing of globally minded picture books and novels, there is more to the book than a book list. The first quarter of the book is all about Jamie C. Martin. Through her story of adoption, parenting, homeschooling and her own sense of wonder and adventure I felt connected to her. Not only did I learn about her and her particular story I also learned that making globally minded children does not have to cost an arm and a leg. I do not have to be a jet-setter, nor do I have to spend a fortune to bring the world to my sons.
All I need is a library card and a sense of wonder.