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You Were Made to Make a Difference

You Were Made to Make a Difference

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by Max Lucado, Jenna Lucado Bishop

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Want to change the world? Did you know You Were Made to Make a Difference?

This adaptation of Outlive Your Life for teens offers practical tips youth can take out into their community to make a difference, plus real-life stories about those who have done just that. Teens learn that God can use them to make a difference right now. He


Want to change the world? Did you know You Were Made to Make a Difference?

This adaptation of Outlive Your Life for teens offers practical tips youth can take out into their community to make a difference, plus real-life stories about those who have done just that. Teens learn that God can use them to make a difference right now. He wants to use them today, without waiting for them to be older, stronger, richer, or even more “together.” God can use their minds, their spirits, and their hands and feet to make permanent change for His kingdom.

Also included are valuable resources, interesting facts about the needy in the world and how little it takes to make a big difference, and other interactive elements such as journaling opportunities for writing personal ideas and service goals.

Teens will learn that their role in life is bigger than themselves, and that they’re not too young to make a difference for God.

Meets national education standards.

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ISBN: 978-1-4003-1600-7

Chapter One


No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.

1 Corinthians 2:9 NIV

How'd your morning go?

Your alarm went off, and you hummed as your feet hit the floor, cheerfully cleaned up the bathroom after you used it, and said "Good morning" to God as you read your Bible. You ate a perfectly balanced breakfast and unloaded the dish- washer, then kissed your parents before sailing out the door for school. Right?

Eggs have thirteen vitamins and minerals and contain the highest quality food protein known. One hen produces 300 to 325 eggs a year.


So not right. Probably not even close.

Maybe your morning went more like this:

"Get up! I've already called you three times," your mom said. "You're gonna be late!"

"Coming," you mumbled, then rolled over and put the pillow over your head. After two or three more unsuccessful tries, your mother finally sent your little brother to get you. You chucked the pillow at him and ordered him out of your room, then staggered into the bathroom to eliminate bed head and the fuzz on your teeth. Twenty minutes later, you ducked your chores as you hurried through the kitchen, grabbing a Pop-Tart on your way out the door and barely acknowledging any of your family members.

Sound more like it?

Okay, maybe you weren't that bad.

But answer this, honestly: did you wake up today with that butterflies-in-the-stomach feeling that something great was about to happen, and you had a leading role in it? You know the one. It's the feeling you got as a little kid when you were going to Disney World or when Christmas was coming the next day.

Here's a little-known secret:

You can wake up wonder-filled if you know that something wonderful is about to happen.

Especially when you discover that the key to something wonderful is you.

Yes, you.


You see, you've already walked and talked, smelled crayons and swung bats, gurgled and giggled your way out of diapers and into childhood.

You've noticed how guys aren't girls and dogs aren't cats and pizza sure beats spinach That's life. And this one is your.

Complete with summers and songs and gray skies and tears, you have a life. Didn't ask for one, but you have one. A first day. A final day. And a few thousand in-between. You've been given an honest-to-goodness human life. Not only that, but you've been given your life. No one else has your version. You'll never bump into yourself on the sidewalk. Your life will never be lived by anyone else. You're not a hoodie in an attic that can be recycled after you are gone.

Some people don't think about stuff like this. But you aren't one of them. Or you wouldn't be holding a book called You Were Made to Make a Difference. You want your life to matter. You want to wake up excited every day. You want to live in such a way that the world will be glad you did. Like Father Benjamin. Consider his tale. Father Benjamin made a difference that outlasted his own life.

So can you. You're not quite an adult yet. You still have a lot to learn. But God is ready to work through you now to change the world. And when you sign up for God's grand adventure, there's nothing you two can't do.


Strong winds blow a ship off course, and sailors spot uncharted islands. They see half a dozen mounds rising up out of the blue South Sea waters. The captain orders the men to set anchor and goes ashore.

On the first island, he sees no thing but sadness. Underfed children. Tribes in conflict. No farming or food development, no treatment for the sick, no schools. Just simple, needy people.

The second and following islands show more of the same. The captain sighs at what he sees. "This is no life for these people." But what can he do?

Then he steps onto the last and largest island. The people are healthy and well fed. Irrigation systems water their fields and roads connect the villages. The children have bright eyes and strong bodies. The captain asks the chief for an explanation. How has this island moved so far ahead of the others?

The chief gives a quick response: "Father Benjamin. He educated us in everything from agriculture to health. He built schools and clinics and dug wells."

The captain asks, "Can you take me to see him?"

The chief nods and signals for two tribesmen to join him. They guide the captain over a jungle ridge to a medical clinic. It is equipped with clean beds and staffed with trained care- takers. They show the captain the shelves of medicine and introduce him to the staff. The captain, though impressed, sees nothing of Father Benjamin. He repeats his request. "I would like to see Father Benjamin. Can you take me to where he lives?"

The three natives look puzzled. They talk among them- selves. After several minutes, the chief invites, "Follow us to the other side of the island." They walk along the shoreline until they reach a series of fishponds. Canals connect the ponds to the ocean. As the tide rises, fish pass from the ocean into the ponds. The islanders then lower canal gates and trap the fish for harvest.

Again the captain is amazed. He meets fishermen and workers, gatekeepers and net casters. But he sees nothing of Father Benjamin. He wonders if he is making himself clear.

"I don't see Father Benjamin. Please take me to where he lives."

The trio talks among themselves again. After some discussion the chief offers, "Let's go up the mountain." They lead the captain up a steep, narrow path. After many twists and turns the path deposits them in front of a grass-roofed chapel. The voice of the chief is soft and earnest. "He has taught us about God."

He escorts the captain inside and shows him the altar, a large wooden cross, several rows of benches, and a Bible.

"Is this where Father Benjamin lives?" the captain asks.

The men nod and smile.

"May I talk to him?'

Their faces grow suddenly serious. "Oh, that would be impossible."


"He died many years ago."

The confused captain stares at the men. "I asked to see him and you showed me a clinic, some fish farms, and this chapel. You said nothing of his death."

"You didn't ask about his death," the chief explains. "You asked to see where he lives. We showed you."


How do I know? I've seen it in action. Watched teens making a difference. Even teens who had very little to work with. Back up. Rewind.

Let me introduce myself (in case you skipped the introduction). I'm Jenna, and you just heard from my dad. (Well, I call him Dad ... Daddy-O ... dork.) But no matter what I call him, there's one way I describe my dad: real. Just a real guy, with real dreams, real bad dance moves, and a real passion for Jesus.

Dad's passion for God stirs his passion for people. And as cheesy as this sounds, I want to be just like him. We wrote this book to get you excited about going on an awesome adventure with God. So that you can make a BIG difference in this world full of hurting and hungry people.

Dad and I had the privilege of visiting Ethiopia with World Vision. We saw poverty, tasted drought, touched children with AIDS ... yet heard them sing. Sing! With joy! We watched them serve. With joy! In the midst of their disease and hunger, they sang. Why? They know a God who loves them and has a BIG purpose for their lives. They made a difference in me.

I want to be like my dad. I want to be like the Ethiopians. I want to make a difference. Do you?

We hope you do. And we want to help you get started. Wherever you are, you've got something to offer.

You may not think it's much.

But God does.

He made you. He made you one-of-a-kind. He made you to make a difference.

You were custom-crafted by a God who is head over heels for you. God carefully, adoringly put you together with a unique combination of personality, skills, talents, feelings, and looks. He designed you differently from anybody else on this great, big blue ball called Earth. He handcrafted every strand of hair on your head. Painstakingly painted your irises blue, green, or brown. Programmed your brain to be pretty good at math or a whiz in history. Then he stepped back, looked you over, and smiled as he pronounced his creation "good."


But let's get honest. How do you see yourself? Go ahead, stand in front of the closest mirror and check yourself out.

Where do your eyes drift first? That Cyclops zit on your forehead, the new haircut that Mom loves and you hate, that body that needs more muscle or less chub? I don't know about you, but I typically focus on the flaw instead of stand in awe. If only we could see ourselves through God's eyes.

When God sees you, he cannot help but smile and sigh with satisfaction. What a masterpiece! he must think. I made no mistake when I breathed her into existence or when I knit him together. He sees a work of art more valuable than any Leonardo da Vinci at the Louvre.

When I was in eighth grade, I had to make my first-ever explosive volcano for earth science class. My partner and I spent hours forming and molding it, painting it just the right colors and, of course, making sure it could do what we made it to do-erupt! We were so proud of that creation.

Oh, the pride God has as our Father when he stands back and looks at us after molding and shaping our hearts, coloring our hair just the right shade of brown. Filling in our eyes with the perfect shade of hazel. Dusting our faces with freckles, dimples, and smile wrinkles. But it's up to us to decide whether we will do what he created us to do-know his love for us and love him in return.

When we live out this purpose, then and ONLY then can we live a life of meaning, a life that changes other lives, a life that is beyond ourselves. It's a life partnered with God to change the world.

Picture God on his heavenly throne, surrounded by angels, bursting at the seams with joy as he looks down at you. Not just on the adorable baby you were on the day you were born, but right now. Today. God is singing over you.

God loves you so much that he made you to worship him. He sent his son Jesus to die for you so that you can give your life back to him. So you can fall in love with him. And when you do, he has adventures planned that only the two of you can take. Wonderful things for you to discover. Ways that you and he can change the world.

Yep, there's no doubt about it.


Uh, back up. Rewind again. Not the math kind of difference. The ...


Kind of difference.

Not after you go to college or get a job.

(Right now.)

Not after you finish algebra or graduate high school.

(Right now!)

It's never too soon-and you're never too young-to start making a difference.


You. changing lives, changing your family, changing your community, changing hearts, with the God who made the universe. The God who made you. The God who wants to be your loving Father.

And when you make that kind of difference with him, you can't wait to wake up and do it again. And again. And again. Every day.


Have you looked into the eyes of a homeless woman and listened to her story?

Have you held the hand of a sad friend?

Have you surprised your mom by cleaning the kitchen?

When I serve, I feel joy, excitement, satisfaction. Why? Because I'm living in my calling.

When you serve others, you serve God. And when you serve God ... oh man, get ready. It's one moment in your chaotic teenage life where the insecurities disappear, worries fade, and questions die. For once, you know exactly who you are and why you were created. You are in God's plan. Could there be anything better to wake up for?

There's no time like the present to get started. All over the world, people need food, friendship, clean water, acceptance, shelter, and love.

More than anything, the world needs to meet Jesus. And the best way for them to get to know him is by meeting someone like you. Someone who shows Jesus' love to them. You can share a meal, start a friendship, say a prayer. That's how the very first followers of Jesus did it. In fact, that's how Christianity first spread throughout the world. Dad describes it like this:


There were one hundred and twenty charter members of the Jerusalem church (Acts 1:15). They were mostly lower class- fishermen, tax collectors, and a converted revolutionary or two. They had no clout with Caesar, no friends in high places. They had nothing more than this:

They were on fire to change the world.

Thanks to Luke, we know what happened with them. He recorded their stories in the book of Acts. Let's listen to it. That's right-listen to the book of Acts. It cracks with the sounds of God's work. Press your ear against the pages, and hear sermons echo off the temple walls. Baptismal waters splashing, just-saved souls laughing. Hear the spoon scrape the bowl as yet another hungry mouth is fed.

Listen to the doors opening and walls collapsing. Doors to all kinds of cities and countries like Antioch, Ethiopia, Corinth, and Rome. Doors into palaces, prisons, and Roman courts. And walls. The ancient prejudice between Jew and Samaritan-down! The division between Jew and Gentile-crash!

Acts announces, "God is at work!"

Is he still? we wonder. Would God do with us what he did with his first followers?

Heaven knows we hope so. These are devastating times. There are needs all around us. Some are big-like the 1.75 billion people who are desperately poor. Some seem small-like the outcasts in your school who sit ignored in class every day. God has equipped us to make a difference, whether it's right here at home or halfway across the globe.

Ours is the richest time in history ever. We are bright, educated, and experienced. We can travel around the world in twenty-four hours or send a message in a millisecond. We have the most sophisticated research and medicines at the tips of our fingers. We have plenty of resources. Just 2 percent of the world's grain harvest would be enough, if shared, to erase the problem of hunger and malnutrition around the world. There is enough food on the planet to offer every person 2,500 calories of sustenance a day. We have enough food to feed the hungry.

This much is clear: the storehouse is stocked. God has given us everything we need to alter the course of human suffering.

A few years back, three questions rocked my world. They came from different people in the span of a month.

Question #1: If you were a German Christian during World War II, would you have taken a stand against Hitler?

Question #2: If you had lived in the South during the civil rights conflict, would you have taken a stand against racism?

Question #3: When your grandchildren discover you lived during a day when 1.75 billion people were poor and 1 billion were hungry, how will they judge what you did to help?

I didn't mind the first two questions. I'd like to think I would have taken a stand against the murderous dictator Hitler and fought against racism. But those days are gone and those choices were not mine. But the third question has kept me awake at night. I do live today; so do you. We are given a choice ... an opportunity to make a big difference during a difficult time. What if we did? What if we rocked the world with hope? Infiltrated all corners with God's love and life? What if we followed the example of the first Jerusalem church? This tiny group of one hundred and twenty followers expanded into a world-changing force. How did they do it? What can we learn from their priorities and passion?

Lots, if we study their stories, found in the first twelve chapters of Acts.

Go ahead. Why not get out your Bible and read Acts 1-12 this week? Examine each event as you say this prayer: Do it again, Jesus. Do it again.

The message of Jesus spread because people took care of each other. They loved God and started loving the people around them. So how do you get started on your journey to change the world?


Excerpted from YOU WERE MADE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE by MAX LUCADO JENNA LUCADO BISHOP NATALIE GILLESPIE Copyright © 2010 by Max Lucado. Excerpted by permission.
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More than 120 million readers have found inspiration and encouragement in the writings of Max Lucado. He lives with his wife, Denalyn, and their mischievous mutt, Andy, in San Antonio, Texas, where he serves the people of Oak Hills Church.

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One Hand, Two Hands 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
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I enjoy anything written by max Lucado whether it is for children or adults. I usually prefer a book that i can hold in my hands and display in the classroom but this was well done for the nook.
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I recommend One Hand, Two Hands by Max Lucado. It's a great illustrated book for our kids that teaches the value of our hands and all of the great things we can do with our hands. I recomend this book. I am a member of Book Sneeze by Thomas Nelson Publishers. I received this book for free for submitting a review. I give this book 4 out of 5.
Ael818 More than 1 year ago
If left to themselves, our kids would live out their days in an unending, self-centered pursuit of their own happiness. The tendency to serve and show concern for others simply does not come naturally. They are by-products of consistent modeling, the right teaching and of course, some help from the ONE who "came not to be served, but to serve." Max Lucado gives parents a hand with this in his recent children's book, One Hand, Two Hands. While following the loveliest little girl throughout her day, he shares a series of ways children regularly use their hands. He shows them some of the many ways their hands can help others and teaches them to be thankful for their hands and to pray that God will use them daily. This emphasis on helping others is so necessary and it's the reason I was drawn to the title. And while it's not one of my favorite Lucado children's books, it was well written and delightfully illustrated (and I have to mention how adorable the animals were). Overall, I'd recommend the book for its message, quickly pointing out that although the message is universal, the appeal of the book is not. My five year-old son was not at all wowed by it, but I'm certain it would be appealing to younger children, and prove very helpful as you teach them to show compassion for others. I completed this review as a member of Thomas Nelson's Book Sneeze book review blogger program and received a free copy of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite bedtime story to read to my daughter. The illustrations are so adorable. It keeps my 1 1/2 year old interested. It is a well illustrated and written book. I absolutely love it and highly recommend it! :)
DCoulter More than 1 year ago
I recently read "One Hand, Two Hands" by Max Lucado. It is a book for young children to teach them the value of using their hands to the glory of God. It is a nice book that is written in a poetic style and rhymes most of the time. The art in the book is well done and would definitely keep a child entertained. I was interested in reviewing this book because we are soon going to have our first child. I was not too impressed with the forced rhyming in some of the areas of the book, and was not overwhelmed with the content as I usually am by Max' books. The book tries to show that we have opportunities to use our hands to God's glory, and that is probably a difficult concept to put into a children's book. The message is definitely a good lesson for children to learn, but with the lack of flow in the rhyming, it was definitely not my favorite children's book. I would not recommend the product to others. This is based primarily on the price. Its cover price is roughly $17, which seems pretty steep to me for a children's book. While I usually enjoy Max' books, this time I would steer clear. I received an advance copy free for a blog program. I am not paid and I can post my own opinion, which I have.
thecoolmom More than 1 year ago
I received this book to review the same time I received Max Lucado's new book for adults, Outlive Your Life. This was meant as a companion for small children to understand that they, too, can make a difference in their world. This is a picture book of a little girl and her extraordinarily cute companions discovering all the things they can do with their hands. The illustrations are bright and colorful. Some reviewers have noted the imperfect rhyming, but my kids weren't bothered by it. I think that One Hand, Two Hands is a wonderful way to share with your small children or grandchildren, nieces or nephews, the blessing of giving of one's self.
ClimbingDown More than 1 year ago
This is quite a charming book teaching different values of prayer, helping others, and thankfulness for your blessings. It may not be applicable only to children, but to adults as well. I find this book entertaining, and educational. It is simple, and delightful.
dnieman More than 1 year ago
Max Lucado has pleased children and adults alike with his writings over many Years. This book does not disappoint. One Hand, Two Hands recounts many of the fun things that children can do with their hands. It goes on to give children some ideas for helpful things they can do with their hands. This is a great book to read to children. It is also a great book to use interact with children, talking with them about things they did with their hands today. It also works as a first reader, where children learn to read. Librarians will love this book because it focuses on counting, basic motor skills and is a great interactive reader. Parents will love this book because it does all these things plus it leads perfectly into an opportunity to pray with their children.
CharlotteJW More than 1 year ago
In this book, a little girl learns just what her hands can do in this beautifully illustrated book. A little girl and her animal friends are beautifully illustrated and depict them as they go about their day. While waving her arms in the air, washing a canine friend, making mud pies, helping with chores, and even saying her prayers, the little girl learns a valuable lesson. Lucado teaches children this lesson through rhymes that will draw in even the youngest readers. This book is a wonderful way to open up a dialogue with children about how our hands can be used for good but also how they can be used in negative ways. One Hand, Two Hands which ends with a short prayer will make a perfect bedtime story to end the day for little ones. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through BookSneeze. The opinions I have expressed are my own. No other compensation has been or will be received.
reading_to_kids More than 1 year ago
Cute, cute, cute!!! Christopher has been quoting this book since the second time we read it: "Thank you for my hands, God, please use them again." Literally. He says that in his prayers! (He's not even three!) I was afraid it was going to be a rather preachy book, like unfortunately some of Lucado's are. But, it was written in a very personal, childlike style that little kids love to hear. The illustrations, by Gaby Hansen, are just adorable! We follow a cute little girl and all her stuffed friends throughout her day as we learn what she does with her hands; everything from playing in the mud, to washing the dog, to writing a letter for Grandma. I absolutely loved it! I would have to say that this is one of my very favorite of Lucado's books, by far! (Not that his others are bad, because they're definitely not.) Sometimes they can be a little wordy, and maybe it's just because my kids are very young, but I prefer this one! I even like how at the end of the story there are conversation topics for things we can do with our hands. It's a great discussion starter for young children. *I was given a complimentary review copy of this book by Booksneeze blog network.*
Noelle-JumpinBeans More than 1 year ago
It is adorable and of course, written for a child to understand. Like Mr. Lucado says, from the time we are born... Your child began to learn about hands... Think about it.. Hands are what feeds them, loves them, cleans and comforts them... and if you really watch a little one.. Remember when they first "see" their hand? Talk about hours and hours of just pure amazement! Do you remember? I think the best one is " Wipe tears. Give a gift. Write Grandma a letter. With hands and a hug, we make people feel better." Sure, he talks about the clapping and snapping and all of that too... but he also talks about all the wonderful ways we use our hands in life. This is a great book to add to your little ones library. I also think that this would make a great baby shower gift.
pt1225 More than 1 year ago
Max Lucado is the author of this book and it is illustrated by Gaby Hansen. This is a charming children book with cheery and colorful illustrations, which teaches children many ways of using their hand in their daily activities to express their helpfulness, kindness and loving nature. I am really excited to receive this book, as I ordered it specifically for my son. Although he is too young to appreciate the book, he shows excitement upon seeing the new book and he also enjoys flipping through the book. I, personally, like the illustrations. It is cheery and colorful and most of all its gives a warm and happy feeling to the reader. However, I prefer the book without its book jacket. For Iggy, the book jacket actually gets in the way when he try to flip open the book. I think it is only a matter of time before he accidentally tear it in his attempts to flip the book open.
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charps82 More than 1 year ago
This is a delightful book that teaches young children that hands are for helping. The young girl in the book gives examples of how you can help with your hands. Such examples include; cleaning her room, washing the dishes, and writing a card. The illustrations are adorable and young children will enjoy looking at them. The author also uses rhyming text which will draw the attention of young children. Overall, I would give this book four out of five stars.
ForstRose More than 1 year ago
Whimsical and frolicking illustrations bring the pages alive with color while the rhythmic and flowery prose will capture children's vivid imaginations. As they hear and repeat the words and inspect the illustrations even toddlers will find encouragement for the tasks they already perform at home. Youngsters will also discover new ways to use their skills and talents for the benefit of others as well as the satisfaction of receiving back through their own giving. Parents will be thrilled with the additions to this book which assist in finding additional media from this author, an introduction written in the form of a letter to parents with activities and suggestions to correlate with the story, and even some simple questions and lists of tasks or projects to involve children long after the book has been read. Even the language itself is formatted for emphasis on specific phrases through the use of bright colors and larger fonts. Other adults who have relationships with children in their lives will enjoy sharing this book with the youngsters as well. Don't miss out on a wonderful new tale for your younger loved ones or the young at heart.
MichelleAlbertson More than 1 year ago
One Hand, Two Hands is a simply wonderful children's book! From the minute they are born, children grow up learning about their hands. They learn the ways they can use their hands and how they work. This book teaches children what your hands can do and how wonderful they really are. They are so many positive things you can do with your hands and it's important to teach these things to our children. The most important thing we can do with our hands is to use them to serve God, and this delightful book helps children to understand just how to do that! "One hand, two hands, five fingers, ten... God, thanks for my hands. Please, use them again." My 2 year old son also enjoyed this book -- the illustrations really kept his attention and the story was short enough that he could sit through the whole book and understand it! Definitely a keeper!
Bellski More than 1 year ago
'One Hand, Two Hands' is a charming children's book. Max Lucado shows the day to day activities of a young girl and just how important her hands are. The book teaches children about how they can help others with their hands, and how thankful they should be to have them. There is a simple and fun rhyme scheme which would be very enjoyable for kids. The book was illustrated by Gaby Hansen and the pictures are just wonderful. They are bright, cheerful, and really help emphasize the tone of the book. At the end of the story, there are lists for the different activities hands can do: "Helping Hands", "Kind Hands", and "Loving Hands". I believe kids could relate to these lists and it makes the novel more fun for them. The only downside I saw to this book was a somewhat limited audience. I think it would have been nice if 'One Hand, Two Hands' had shown a variety of children using their hands. Since only one girl is shown, the book seems like it would be more enjoyable for girls. It would have been better if multiple girls and boys had been shown because it would allow the book to apply to a larger audience. Overall, however, I believe that this was a very good book and young children would really enjoy it.
Kellie4 More than 1 year ago
In the story, One Hand, Two Hands, Max Lucado has created a beautiful story about using our hands to be a good helper. Lucado always weaves his words together in a special way to touch the lives of each child and adult that reads his stories. I have always loved Max Lucado's children stories. As a camp counselor, I would read them nightly and weekly as they spoke volumes to my young campers. One Hand, Two Hands is the same way. It is a very simple story to read, but great for young audiences who love to hear a good rhyme and to hear a good read-aloud. I can see hand gestures being made for this story as toddlers big and small repeat the story to their moms and dads. The illustrations are beautiful and will make a child smile and giggle. Not only does Lucado create a beautiful story, but he also provides children with some ideas at the end of the story for how to have helping hands, kind hands, and loving hands. Children will love coming up with their own ideas to add to the list! I lo
nanakay3 More than 1 year ago
This children 's book is all about the ways we can use our hands and ultimately how God can use our hands. I feel the book would be appropriate for toddlers learning to use their hands for a variety of tasks as well as for children with basic reading skills. The story features a little girl but would also be appropriate for little boys. The whimsical illustrations show various examples of how to use our hands. Hands are described as helping, kind, and loving and the story not only addresses how we use hands for ourselves but also how we can use our hands for God's service. I would recommend this book for parents of young children that want a way to teach children a practical application of service to God.
MamaMirage More than 1 year ago
A very simple cute book for the little ones. Pros are that it has adorable illustrations that my kids loved, and enforces the idea that our hands are for doing good things. Cons are that the book really only mentions God at the end there as quoted in the Amazon writeup and the book is a bit long for the attention spans of the intellectual level that would get the most out of the simple rhyming text. I think that my almost 4 year old will after a few readings begin to grasp that the book is saying we should use our hands to do good and kind things, without further explanation. She might need help connecting the one mention of God using our hands to the reason why we do good things with them, simply because God is so obscure in the book. But then again maybe not... kids pick up on things sometimes that we wouldn't think they would. My 2 year old however will probably not grasp this concept right away even with further explanation. I will have to own this book longer, I think, to be able to see what their little minds do with it. :) And every child is different so perhaps what is not immediately obvious to my tots will be to yours, or vice versa. Over all a good sweet simple book. I enjoy reading it with my littles. I'd give it 4 out of 5 stars - not 5 simply because I'd like God to be a little more obvious in the text but other than that it's great!
bp0602 More than 1 year ago
Friday, September 10, 2010 Book Review: One Hand, Two Hands I have a sweet children's book to share with you today One hand, two hands, Five fingers, ten. God, thanks, for my hands. Please, use them again. I am happy to share with you a new children's book by Max Lucado called One Hand, Two Hands. It is written with rhyming text and shows children a variety of ways that we use our hands every day all day long. The illustrations by Gaby Hansen are really fun and add to the enjoyment of this book in my opinion. If you have a special little one in your life, I recommend this book for them. You will enjoy it together. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising
Rosy-Posy More than 1 year ago
Max Lucado has created another wonderfully sweet book for children all about their hands. In a fun sing song rhyming way he describes our hands, what they can feel, do for ourselves and most importantly how we can use our hands to help others. The story wraps up with a great little poem thanking God for our hands and asking Him to put them to good use again :) I must say this is a fabulous book for younger children and something every parent will enjoy reading and using as a great tool to discuss how to make the best use of our hands.
Ginfinluno More than 1 year ago
This is such a sweet book! I'd recommend it for younger children, preschool aged. I've never read a children's book by Max Lucado but I was pleased with how he really brought kindness to a young child's perspective. It starts out with basic child's play type and then goes on to how little hands can help others. We're expecting a little boy in February and I'm really excited to start teaching him the importance of kindess. I would definitely recommend this book to others with small children.