Max Lucado’s classic text for every child (and parents too) got an endearing visual update last year, and may have opened up a whole new group of readers—parents of adult kids (like me) who love those kids as fiercely as we did when they were little.
Now the narrator is a big lovable bear (it could be a mama or a papa bear, making the story one that either parent can read aloud), but the real star of the show is the sweet teddy bear child.
And also all his teddy bear friends!
This reassuring book perfectly invests truth into little lives:
God is the one who made you.
He made you special—there is only one you!
God sent you to this family (making this a good story for adopted children too).
I took care of you when you were little.
You’re growing and changing, but my love never changes.
I’m here for you, always.
And I’m here to teach you about God, and heaven …
… where you will be close to God, who loves you, and we will always be together.
Seriously, prepare to get a little choked up and misty-eyed.
Just in Case You Ever Wonder was a finalist in the children’s category of the Evangelical Press Association’s 2020 Christian Book Awards.
Just in Case You Ever Wonder
written by Max Lucado, illustrated by Eve Tharlet
published by Tommy Nelson (2019)
jacketed picture book, 32 pages, 8.7 x 0.4 x 11.1 inches
Making His wonders known to the next generation,