GraceFull: Growing a Heart That Cares for Our Neighbors

GraceFull: Growing a Heart That Cares for Our Neighbors

by Dorena Williamson


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Hope and Anna love seeing each other at church. When a Sunday grace offering is collected to help lift up Anna’s homeless family, Hope begins to ask questions and has a unique opportunity to learn what grace looks like, both for her and for Anna’s immigrant family. This touching story teaches children that God showers grace that is meant to be shared—allowing us all to be GraceFull!

In this follow up to her first two books, ColorFull and ThoughtFull, Dorena Williamson opens a dialogue on the tough subjects of poverty and homelessness and offers children encouragement to show God’s grace and love to others whose home life or homeland might look very different than their own.

Also available: 
ColorFull: Celebrating the Colors God Gave Us
ThoughtFull: Discovering the Unique Gifts in Each of Us


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781462792849
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/01/2019
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 621,717
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Dorena Williamson is a bridge builder, speaker, and writer who loves sharing God’s grace in stories for children. GraceFull draws inspiration from Strong Tower Bible Church, a multicultural faith community where she has served as first lady for twenty-two years. She and her husband, Dr. Chris, have four children.

Geneva B is a self-taught illustrator from North Carolina. She enjoys working with colors and adding whimsy with a touch of realism and happiness.

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GraceFull: Growing a Heart That Cares for Our Neighbors 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
ConsultingWriter 6 months ago
Gracefull is one of three books celebrating the diverseness of God’s creations (the others being Thoughtfull and Colorfull). Recommended ages are from 4 to 8 years old, though I could easily use this for my Sunday school class of 10 year old girls. This series is designed to focus on various relationships and relevant issues as teachable moments in areas like differing abilities or varied socioeconomic status. In Gracefull, we meet Hope and Anna, two girls who know each other from church. When the church collects a special offering for Anna’s family, Hope begins to ask questions, eventually learning that Anna’s family is currently homeless. This book is a great way to teach children that God’s grace and blessings are meant to be shared. As a community, we can help each other during times of crisis. And when we share with others, we bless ourselves in the process. This is something I try to stress to my Sunday school class often. Think of others. Can you find a need within our church? Think about it and let’s talk about the need, the who and the how of meeting that need. Often, it’s been ministering to those that are unable to attend church anymore. Sending cares just to let that person know our class is thinking of them can be uplifting. I’m looking forward to sharing this book with the class to help further discussions on how we might help others. Gracefull is bright and colorful with beautiful illustrations. The scenes are pretty and the people diverse. Geneva is certainly blessed with amazing talent. Check out her website: At the end, the author provides some food for thought, with Bible verses to review and points to think about and discuss. I received a complimentary copy from B&H publisher. The honest opinions in this review are my own.
aspiritfilledlife 11 months ago
Gracefull is a beautiful book, that is an easy read for children and a quick read for parents. Gracefull illustrates giving, compassion, homelessness, and grace. The book allows children to really grasp the concepts in an easy way. What I really love is the bright, vivid illustrations, sure to keep a little ones attention. Gracefull is a beautiful book, that is an easy read for children and a quick read for parents. Gracefull illustrates giving, compassion, homelessness, and grace. The book allows children to really grasp the concepts in an easy way. What I really love is the bright, vivid illustrations, sure to keep a little ones attention. In addition to the wonderfully simplistic message, and illustrations there is a "Parent Connection" page in the back of the book. This page is dedicated to promote conversation about the book and its message. It lists scripture readings, that are translated for age appropriateness and provides a list of thinking questions which is really great. I did receive a copy of the book from B&H Publishing Group but the thoughts expressed are my own
Sprinkle23 More than 1 year ago
My girls are always excited to receive a new book and GraceFull by Dorena Williamson was no exception. As is the case with most of their books, my daughters were first intrigued by the colorful illustrations, but they also enjoyed the story line. Having previously read ColorFull and ThoughtFull by the same author, they recognized Ahanu (from ThoughtFull) immediately and were delighted to see him again. I recommend GraceFull: Growing a Heart that Cares for Our Neighbors by Dorena Williamson and illustrated by Geneva B to anyone with a child ages 3-8 in their life. My younger daughter asks me to read this book almost every day. She says her favorite thing about the book is Anna and Hope at the Chen House because they are nice to each other. My older daughter asks for it less, but reads it herself. GraceFull's main theme centers on the effects of God-given grace. The premise is that when we receive this grace, it overflows out of us to others. Supporting themes of generosity, kindness, inclusion, and racial diversity are laced throughout the story. GraceFull reminds the reader, child or adult, to look beyond our own needs and wants so that we can give compassion and grace. As a mother of young ones, I appreciate resources such as GraceFull that help instill the values I hope my daughters will one day embrace for themselves. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. 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."
TheBeccaFiles More than 1 year ago
I’ve reviewed the other books in this series so I was very excited to see another one release! Teaching kindness and empathy to kids is incredibly vital it it’s to become a part of their character. I live in an area that’s not quite the middle of nowhere but certainly far from being considered a city. To be honest I have close to no exposure to the homeless. Anytime a family from a church I’ve attended became “homeless” they were able to stay with other family or friends from church until they got back on their feet. But while this may not be relevant in the area I live, it’s still an important message to be shared with kids. It teaches them to not only be grateful for what they have themselves, but to graceful and giving to others. It’s a conversation starter for families, and depending on where you live it could spark a great family volunteer opportunity. I recommend each of the books in this series and hope that the author continues to produce more. It’s always great when a children’s story is also able to teach them important life lessons. *I received a copy of this book from B&H Kids Publishing. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.
Teadrinker More than 1 year ago
I live in a college community in the Midwest. We have a lot of cultures and background represented in our community--and we have a problem with homelessness. I like finding books that help address issues that I can talk to children about. GraceFull by Dorena Williamson is a great book to help children understand the tough subject of homelessness. Hope and Anna are friends at church. Anna's family is facing some challenges right now as her father lost his job. GraceFull briefly shares their story and talks about how we can help others facing similar struggles. This book also opens the door for more discussions at home or this book could be used in a group setting like a Sunday School class. The Parent Connection page in the page of the book makes sharing the book and learning through the story even easier as there is a correlating Bible verse and a series of questions to ask and think about together. I like GraceFull. Williamson's book are so good at helping kids see past differences and helping them look at struggles in a more positive way. This book encourages children to help those who are struggling and I especially love that. The illustrations are also so bright and vibrant that they bring the story to life and make the pages so fun to look at. The suggested age range is four to eight years old. But I would say in family situations children as old as 12 would enjoy the book with their siblings as they work together to answer questions and think about how they could make a difference in their own community. I highly recommend GraceFull and all of Williamson's books. I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.
ADelightfulGlow More than 1 year ago
This sweet book about new friends, caring hearts, and the grace of giving to help others, weaves a tale of friendship and compassion. The bright pictures provide a wonderful setting as the story teaches the abundance of gracing others as we ourselves have been showered by God's grace. The end of the book includes a page with a Scripture reading reference and paragraphs about the concept of the Scripture as well as a THINK section with five questions about the story for further in depth examination of the lessons to learn. I received a copy to review and all opinions are 100% mine.
AmyWa More than 1 year ago
I have loved the other two books in this children’s book series by Dorena Williamson so I was excited to see she had a new release. GraceFull:Growing a Heart That Cares for Our Neighbors is a book about serving and caring for other. Dorena has a way of making complex topics really understandable and relatable to children. I appreciate having the books as starting place for discussions with my children. I recommend this book if you are wanting to introduce the concept of loving your neighbors to your children. I was blessed to receive a copy via publisher. All opinions are my own.