This summer we took the opportunity to experiment a bit with our worship format here at FBCH. Given that plans were in place to conduct work in the sanctuary on our heating system, we moved our gathering space to the Assembly Room. Throughout the summer we reflected on various Christian practices drawn from the book Practicing Our Faith: A Way of Life for a Searching People by Dorothy C. Bass.
My own personal spiritual practice in response to that theme was to select children’s storybooks that connected to the topic of the day. Since many folks were interested in the books I’ve decided to share the list; after all, who doesn’t want more titles for their library!
The Peace Book by Todd Parr is a simple picture book that teachers readers all the different ways we might experience peace.
Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem by Amanda Gorman is a lyrical book about the positive impact change can bring.
Everybody’s Different on Everybody Street by local author Shree Fitch explores diversity and acceptance in rhyming text. Illustrator Emma Fitzgerald is also local and known for her drawings of Halifax and other Nova Scotia landmarks.
Maybe God is Like That Too by Jennifer Grant and Benjamin Schipper explores the nature of God as encountered at various places in the city.
Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller tells a story about the power of kindness and it’s ability to change the world.
Birdsong by Cree author Julie Flett tells the story of a special friendship and the difficulty of saying goodbye.
Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima is a story about a young unicorn’s journey to discovery more about who he is and where he belongs.
Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett is a delightful book about one girl’s mission to share her gift with all around her, even when confronted with a very tempting alternative.
What is God Like by Rachel Held Evans and Matthew Paul Turner explores the nature of God through inclusive examples drawn directly from scripture.