This is the third in a series of books for children authored by Dorena Williamson. Like its predecessors, ColorFull and ThoughtFull, it has bright illustrations and a solid Christian message.
Hope and her family (who attend an ethnically diverse congregation) volunteer to serve the residents of Chen House, a local residence for homeless families. Hope’s mother explains that this is a way to show God’s grace to others. She explains:
“God showers blessings on all of us. When we truly understand that, we can’t help but share grace and lift others up. … When grace is full and overflowing, we are graceFull. “
Hope takes the lesson to heart and shares by giving her new friend Anna Habib, from Chen House, her new pair of rain boots. The Habibs are eventually able to move into their own home.
Grace is a difficult concept to explain to young children, and Gracefull does not really attempt to define it, Instead it presents a portrait of how grace can be shown in daily life. A suggested memory verse, further Bible reading and thought questions are included at the end of the story.
I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the first two, because the illustrations were not as engaging , and I found the story line predictable and unexceptional. However, I give it 4 out of 5 stars. It would be a worthwhile addition to a nursery library.
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