David Weiss: When God Was a Little Girl



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A friend of ours got this picture book for our baby girl While I am fine with stating that God is genderless I was afraid this book would be a bit heavy handed with that idea However that was not the caseOn a long car ride a daughter asks her father somewhat tongue in cheek What was God like as a little girl This allows the father to be a bit playful with the story of creation He says that when God was a little girl God liked to create artwork just like his daughter does The rest of the book is the father and daughter retelling the creation story together in terms that the daughter understandsThere are some profound concepts here such as the state of God before the creation the reclaiming of darkness as a good thing creation as an art form humans close ties with the earth and the naming of animals as a communal eventThis book would work well as an antiphonal reading I look forward to reading this WITH my daughter some day A darling and important reimagining of a creation story There s something so sweet about the dad telling the little girl this story And that all stories can coexist and be true Just what a sweet a loving reimagining When God Was a Little Girl is a sweet earnest and theologically provoking retelling of the creation story Lindeman s beautiful artwork complements Weiss words as he recounts a shared storytelling moment between father and daughter God and people The great gift of a book that presents God in the feminine and across races and cultures while delving deeply into a bi. Tell me a story Daddy about when God was a little girl Susanna's playful reuest begins a whimsically profound tal.

Blical story cannot be overstatedI am excited to take this book back to seminary to share with my peers as we discuss ways to present and represent the divine through art and story Than I was hoping to add this book to a bibliography I maintain of Books about Spirituality for Young Readers I kind of like the idea of God painting and creating with colors laughing and singing as He goes along But I am a stickler for accuracy and in this book God creates all kinds of people then the animals which is way off from the biblical account Also the part about resting does not mention the Sabbath and does not include the rest as an integral part of creation The illustrations are very nice and show a diverse group of children but there is a little too much creative storytelling for my taste This book was just not for me I loved the message and wanted to like it but it was miserable to read aloud I even tried to read it to myself silently and just felt that it had a terrible rhythm I was so disappointed because I absolutely love the concept and was so excited to share it with the kids Momkids age 4 and 6 Such a beautiful account of Creation Creative Though provoking Challenging A wonderful picture book taking a broad view of the Biblical creation story The language and bright illustrations give it a joyful friendly feel On a long car trip a oung girl asks her father what God was like as a little girl The story follows their dialogue one voice in bold the other non bold text As the story progresses it be. E woven between father and daughter This imaginative retelling of creation sparkles with joy its words and images.

Comes less about the father answering about the girl developing the story on her own It can be a little confusing to remember who s talking when but ultimately this doesn t really matterI read this because we carry it in our store but it s the kind of book my kids would have loved when they were little one ou could keep talking about long after ou ve finished reading This book would be great for families who want to approach religion in a creative way as a dialogue I feel in love with this book This is the story of creationand I know Neverland (Adventures in Neverland, you think I m going to say through the eyes of a woman but that isn t what I m saying Yes the author uses the feminine gender but there is soooo much here The reclaiming of darkness as where God s love was and is reclaiming the earth as our origin and source of our variety naming of animals as community This book is high on my list to use with a group of adults for reading and discussion A very rich text Beautiful words and pictures I thought this was a charming book with a wonderful purpose The art is pretty the dedication to diversity and being welcoming in its theology is wonderful and the whole thing lingered in my mind well after I read it I think that I would have preferred a different format to the story since the collaborative conversation occasionally felt talky and overlong to me But I can see why that choice was made even if it wouldn t have been my choice Definitely a story I will recommend to parents open minded enough to read it to their children. Offering gentle wisdom and genuine insight You may never think about God creation orourself in uite the same

Trained as a theologian David thinks about God all the time Whether as a father or grandfather college instructor or Sunday School teacher poet or writer he seeks to imagine God in ways that are helpful and hopeful In this book he brings insights from seminary and graduate school into a story that is deceptively simple and simply profound