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The Boy Who Spoke to God

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2014

    A book every child--and every adult--needs to read. The Boy Who

    A book every child--and every adult--needs to read. The Boy Who Spoke to God paints the story of Niko, a Greek boy living in a settlement shared by many tribes and races. His friends are all of different nationalities, and his people are very progressive and happy. Unfortunately, discord settles upon the village every year when it comes time to observe spiritual holidays. Niko cannot understand why his parents, his friend's parents, and even the king become so agitated and always fight around this time! He prays to God asking for an answer to their problem, and receives a very enlightening answer. The people of his village misunderstand God's words though, and eventually become angry with Niko for creating a bigger rift among them. With a large weight on his little shoulders, poor Niko continues to try and resolve his people's unhappiness, never once relenting in his pursuit despite their misplaced anger. In the end, he shows them that true happiness comes from a place of acceptance, not bickering and arguing over who is or isn't right. A really touching story that teaches a valuable lesson. Read this to your child - today.

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  • Posted December 3, 2013

    "The Boy Who Spoke to God" by author Randa Handler





    "The Boy Who Spoke to God" by author Randa Handler deals with some important issues that every person must face. We are all created somewhat different with our family traditions, religious views, ethnic backgrounds, etc.... Yet with each of these differences we are very similar in nature. We desire to worship God who will relate and communicate with us as we fulfill the desire to please Him.
    Author Randa Handler takes the reader on a journey that allows one to see how differences can also make us stronger and better. This is a very well written children's book with vivid illustrations to help the reader understand this young boy's dream and interruption of it. Many times we see only part of the picture and thus we miss the greater blessing and fulfillment of the entire picture. Niko helps the reader to understand that when we can't see the full picture to keep looking, don't give up but rather keep searching until the greater picture comes in full view. When we seek we will find the truth we are searching for.
    Another point to the story is don't get discouraged when we only see one portion of the dream, interruption, or piece of the picture. Time and determination has a way of allowing the rest of it to come to light allowing the individual to become the person they desire to be. This was a very well written book on a child's level to better understand our differences as well as our unique sameness.




    5 of 5 stars

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  • Posted November 18, 2013

    ¿Happiness has as many colors as the rainbow.¿

    What a charming illustrated children’s book with a great message of religious diversity! In a time when demonstrations are held to put down another’s beliefs and wars are fought over religion, Randa Handler provides a beautiful way to teach children that it doesn’t have to be that way.

    The main character is a young Greek boy named Niko who is struggling to help the Greek, Mayan, Chinese and Zulu people come together and stop bickering over whose religion is the true one. I loved the wisdom of Niko’s mother. She says, “I’m happiest when people are free to be who they want to be.”

    The text of The Boy Who Spoke to God is lyrical and is lovely to read aloud, but the illustrations are beyond fantastic. They have a very nostalgic feel, comforting warm colors and soft hues that stand out against other children’s books that have a comic book or video game vibe.

    This book has a moral of acceptance (“Happiness has as many colors as the rainbow.”) and while talking about religion and God, the book is promoting a feeling of harmony rather than supporting any particular belief system. I will absolutely be reading this book to my three kids at bedtime. I highly recommend this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2013

    The Boy who spoke to God is an essential must-have in today¿s so

    The Boy who spoke to God is an essential must-have in today’s society. It is aimed at primary school children and through a wonderfully told fairytale it teaches racial tolerance as we see that different religions can happily co-exist in harmony. I think that the portrayal of God as the same God with different colours like the rainbow is a very clever analogy and one that children could understand and embrace. Moreover, the illustrations are colourful, fun and a stimulus to the imagination.
    I would like to see more of these books in our children’s libraries. A big thank you to the author. I would highly recommend this book as an excellent learning tool in schools as well as an ideal Christmas present for young minds....a wonderful stocking filler to feed their imagination.

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  • Posted September 23, 2013

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    A school library essential in every language! In this modern wo

    A school library essential in every language!

    In this modern world, in many countries, schools contain children of mixed races, cultures and religion; these are the future of this world. It is for this reason I believe this inspired book should be available everywhere in all languages for children.

    It is written in a fairytale way, and this beautifully refreshing story is set in a wonderful magical kingdom where Greek, Chinese, Zulu and Mayan tribes live happily together, combining their skills, under the rule of King Dareios.

    However, one thing causes unhappiness – they cannot agree on whose religious beliefs and holidays are right, it upsets everyone, especially the children. Niko, a Greek boy and his friends talk about this and they decide that they want it to change, so that night Niko prays...

    God appears to him in a dream and reveals, “Happiness has as many colours as the rainbow. All my children can find happiness when their beliefs and actions do not hurt others.”

    Full of excitement, Niko thinks he has found the solution and tells everyone all he has seen and heard. However, instead of joy the news causes discontent, the people are unhappy, tribes divided and the kingdom suffers. So, Niko, needing guidance, prays again to God for help in finding a solution.

    God listens, and that night visits him once more in a dream, giving Niko the vision to understand the true meaning of his words, and the ability to explain them in a way the people can understand. Once again, happiness is restored to the kingdom, and the king makes a special proclamation to celebrate, but to discover what that is you will have to read the book...

    The storyline gently and inoffensively gives parents an ideal opportunity to promote racial harmony and tolerance of others religious beliefs to their children. There is also offered a well thought out answer as to the question, what does God look like?

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