We all have choices to make every day, even the youngest children. The choices we make play a large part in forming who we grow to be as adults. For kids, those choices can include whether to be obedient or disobedient, to share or be selfish, to have a good attitude or not, and more. John Ortberg addresses the ability to choose in a whimsical way by inviting children to use their “magnificent chooser” that God gave them to make right choices daily. Parents will love reading this book to their kids, and kids will enjoy the content while learning lessons that will stay with them throughout their lives.
|Publisher:||Tyndale House Publishers|
|Product dimensions:||8.70(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||3 - 6 Years|
About the Author
John Ortberg is the senior pastor at Menlo Church, an author, and a speaker. John's teaching centers around our everyday life with God and how God cares more about who we are becoming than what we do. He has written books on spiritual formation including, The Life You've Always Wanted, Faith and Doubt, Who is This Man?, and Soul Keeping. Born and raised in Rockford, Illinois, John graduated from Wheaton College with a degree in psychology. He holds a master of divinity and doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Fuller Seminary. Prior to joining Menlo Church, John served as teaching pastor at Chicago's Willow Creek Community Church. John is a member of the board of trustees at Fuller Seminary and the board for the Dallas Willard Center for Spiritual Formation, and he has served on the board of Christianity Today International. He can be followed on Twitter @johnortberg and on Facebook.
Read an Excerpt
God gave you two eyes, Two ears, and one nose, Ten wiggly fingers And ten useful toes.
But of all of those parts, The big and the small, Your Chooser just might be The best part of all.
A rock doesn't have one, Nor does a tree, But I'll tell you who's got one — It's you! And it's me!
You can't really see it — It's on your inside. (For Choosers are shy, And they quite like to hide.)
There are wonderful things That your Chooser can do. For your Chooser, you see, Is what makes you just YOU.
Choosing's a cinch; Anyone can learn how. In fact, you can practice Some choosing right now.
What will you wear When you wake up — you choose! Will you wear a blue shirt Or some purple-y shoes?
Will you wake with a smile Or start with a frown? Your Chooser can choose If you're up or you're down.(Continues…)
Excerpted from "Your Magnificent Chooser"
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a LOVELY book that really gets at what kids can understand. THEY make choices every day. And those choices can be good or bad, and have consequences-many of which they can deal with, but some they can't/ But this book shows them that God has the ultimate chooser, and if you can't decide what to do, then asking God is always the best option! This is a lovely book, perfect for Easter giving, as it goes along with the choices that Jesus made, and how we still have that free will because of it. Aimed at kids ages 3-8, this book would really work even for older kids. My 10 year old thought it was quite cute, showing God as a type of balloon always hovering over us, and we had a lively discussion after reading the book about making decisions! So, I would say that it really is a family book for the under teen ages! We highly recommend it as well!
My opinion: The “chooser” idea doesn’t sit well with me. (I am not comfortable with this idea) I also don’t like the illustrations that shows “choosers” being represented as a furry balloon, bubble kind of critter. The writing is reminiscent of the Dr Seuss style of rhyming. I would enjoy a child’s picture book that address free will/ choice making with more emphasis on the importance of making good choices and the consequences of bad ones minus an actual “chooser” which there is not.
‘God gave you your Chooser, So Choosers are good. He wants you to use it The way Jesus would.’ John Ortberg has written a magnificent book about making choices. Each child is faced with choices; the thing is which way will you choose. It has wonderful rhymes that will intrigue a young child, as they are learning about the Holy Spirit and that they have help to make choices. The illustrations by Robert Dunn are beautiful. I love this book. I highly recommend it for young children. It’s a feel good book but also teaches young children about making good choices. I cannot wait to read it to my three-year-old grandson. Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book. The thoughts and opinions are my own.