A wonderful resource for sick children or those needing surgery.
What child wouldn’t be anxious and scared about being sick and needing surgery? Author Kelly Grettler and 12-year-old illustrator Solomea Kalinichenko provide a comforting story about what the child might expect. Most importantly is the message that “God Always Hears.”
The (near) rhyming story walks through the types of things the child would experience in the hospital, such and an IV and medicine, nurses, counting backwards before the surgery, and waking up in a different (recovery) room.
But the heart of the story is the power of prayer that helps people handle challenging situations. As Ms. Grettler wrote: “Now praying, in case you don’t already know, is a place for all the bad feelings to go.” It’s a brilliant way to describe the power of prayer to a sick child – or the parents.
I was amazed to learn that the illustrator is/was 12-years-old. Miss Kalinichenko nailed the somber yet hopeful tone of the story in her illustrations.
As I read this story, I imagined how it might help a sick child. I definitely felt it could allay the normal fears of going into the hospital or having surgery. I personally loved the lesson of relying on prayer and believing that God listens because it’s a lifelong lesson that can benefit anyone. As a book reviewer, I can’t give a 5-star rating for imperfect rhyme, but this book has a very specific purpose and target audience and I highly recommend it accordingly.
God Always Hears (*affiliate link) is intended to help children who need to go to the hospital – especially those who need surgery. I believe the message hits the bullseye.
The book reviews at Finding God Among Us focus on Christian books – adult and children, fiction and nonfiction. We’re proud to be included in the Top 50 Christian Book Review Bloggers. I chose to read an ARC from the author. This review is my honest opinion.
Kelly Grettler is a mom, a wife, a lover of life, who makes kids books that she illustrates and writes.
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