Just Life – God Is Not A Man in the Sky
Written by Radio Maria England on 20/06/2022
God is not a Man in the Sky is an innovative, fascinating and brilliant tool for any parent, teacher, or catechist seeking to present the fundamentals of Christianity to children. It would also make a wonderful Baptism or First Holy Communion gift. This children’s book, quite possibly the first of its kind, tells the story of existence from both scientific and biblical perspectives through the Franciscan lens. Beginning ‘before’ God’s creation of the universe, the narrative unfolds through the Big Bang, evolution, the development of humanity, and the covenant, culminating in redemption through Jesus Christ. Suitable for five to thirteen year-olds, younger children are able to learn valuable truths through both text and artwork, while older readers may appreciate the book independently.
Elizabeth Peck’s writing is underpinned by the belief that children and young adults are not only able to comprehend profound and beautiful ideas, but that as human beings made in God’s image, they naturally have a hunger for them, if only it is awoken and encouraged. Her love of Franciscan theology finds expression, in this narrative, at once lyrical and mystical, which elucidates fundamentals of the Christian faith, from the nature of God, through Creation, to Redemption. Elizabeth has an MA (Oxon) in Theology, and has taught Religious Studies at secondary level for over a decade in both secular and Catholic schools.
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