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Does God Ever Sleep? [NOOK Book]

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A charming nighttime reminder that God is always present in our lives.

This gentle bedtime story guides children through the steps God might take each night to tuck the world into bed. From dimming the lights with the colors of the sunset, to the hushed lullaby of evening’s breeze in the leaves, to God’s gentle nod for the flowers to slip into slumber, it engages children in the wider, waking world by showing the commonality all things share as God’s creation. It then eases ...

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Overview

A charming nighttime reminder that God is always present in our lives.

This gentle bedtime story guides children through the steps God might take each night to tuck the world into bed. From dimming the lights with the colors of the sunset, to the hushed lullaby of evening’s breeze in the leaves, to God’s gentle nod for the flowers to slip into slumber, it engages children in the wider, waking world by showing the commonality all things share as God’s creation. It then eases nighttime anxiety with soothing reassurance of God’s continued blessing and watchfulness as we sleep.

Not a book to be read and then relegated to the book shelf, this bedtime companion will likely become a child’s nighttime ritual. The simple yet profound text, accompanied by gorgeous, colorful photographs, captures the experiences common to children of all faiths and backgrounds as they begin to understand the many ways God is there for us. Filled with wisdom and love, Does God Ever Sleep? delights the senses and expands the ways we think about God and God’s presence in our lives.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"A playful and engaging journey through the mind of the child—and the childlike—to answer an important God-question. Delights the eyes and the imagination. Every 'child of God' will read, re-read and love this book!"
Sister Rose Raymond Wagner, osf, retreat and spiritual director

“Sometimes, the deepest spiritual truths can be buried not only in what we tell our children about God, but how we tell our children about God. Here, gently, quietly, in a lullaby of love, Joan Sauro speaks to God’s unceasing attention to us—and to all the details of the world.”
Gary Schmidt, coauthor of In God’s Hands

“With peaceful images and soothing, poetic words, the reader is lulled quietly to sleep, assured that God is but a whisper away. Delightfully told by ‘loved ones,’ this comforting bedtime story is for all children, and for the child within each one of us.”
Nancy Sohn Swartz, author of In Our Image and How Did the Animals Help God?

“Beautiful ... appealing.... The best part about this book is its simple, rhythmic text.... A great read-along or read-aloud book, especially for bedtime.”
John S. Mogabgab, editor, Weavings

Church Educator

Children are curious and ask questions: Who made God? Where is God? Does God Ever Sleep?

Joan Sauro responds to the last question with engaging genile, poetic words and images that reassure children of God's words, "I will be with you."

"Does everyone sleep? Do bikes and trees, birds and balloons? God lowers the shades and turns off the sun. God cares for the hills, the stones, the leaves, the flowers, the birds, turning on the moon."

This is God in a human, imaginative form, suggesting divine protection for young children and all of God's creation, a lullaby for nighttime.

The Mennonite

Does God Ever Sleep? by Joan Sauro (SkyLight Paths, 2OO5, $8.99)answers one of the many questions children ask about God. It addresses children ages 3-6.

Times Union - COLONIE

Sister Joan Sauro will sign and read today from her new children's book,"Does God Ever Sleep?," from 12:30 to 5 p.m. at St. Joseph's Provincial House, 385 Watervliet Shaker Road, Latham.

This new book guides children down their own paths of spiritual discovery using everyday examples. The book is multicultural, nondenominational and nonsecretarian.

Sauro, of Syracuse, is a member of the religious order of the Sisters of St. Joseph. She has written and illustrated numerous articles and 6 books.

Association of Jewish Libraries - Linda R. Silver

Gold, August. Does God Forgive Me? Photographs by Diane Hardy Waller. Woodstock, VT: Skylight Paths, 2006. 32pp. $8.99. ISBN:1-59473-142-X. Pbk.

The author, an interfaith minister and spiritual educator, has written a book intended for children of all religions to remind them that God will always love them, despite their mis-deeds. Those include being mean, fighting with siblings, making mistakes, taking something that isn't one’s own, etc. The emphasis is on forgiveness of sin. Full-color photographs feature children and adults of all races plus animals. Some of the photos do not match the text with which they are supposed to correspond. Touted by the publisher as "multicultural, nondenominational and nonsectarian," Does God Forgive Me? is given the subject heading “Forgiveness - Religious Aspects – Christianity” in the CIP data. It is not a recommended purchase for Jewish libraries. Meant for Kdg. – Gr.1.

Andrea Davidson, The Temple-Tifereth Israel, Beachwood, Ohio. DOES

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594734007
  • Publisher: Longhill Partners, Inc
  • Publication date: 11/8/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Joan Sauro, csj, is an award-winning author and illustrator of numerous articles and six books, including The Whole Earth Meditation and The Diary of a Jogging Nun. She has won two fellowships for fiction from the New York Foundation of the Arts and a Best Story of the Year award from the Catholic Press. A teacher of literature and workshop leader for adults and for children, she is a member of the religious order of the Sisters of St. Joseph.

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