Reviewed by Nora St. Laurent
Ronnie Wilson's Gift by Francis Chan
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"Francis Chan has given parents a great tool to use in opening up dialogue with our kids about gifts and giving."
Book Blurb: A little boy's attempts to give Jesus a gift teaches him the truth that what he does for others, he does for Jesus.
When Ronnie Wilson learns of Jesus' sacrifice, he wants to give Jesus a gift in return. But how can he get it to heaven? With each attempt he performs a simple act of service for someone in need, and eventually learns that what is done for the least in God's kingdom is done for Jesus himself.
In the delightfully illustrated book Ronnie Wilson's Gift, bestselling author and prolific speaker Francis Chan continues the series of children's parables he began with Halfway Herbert and The Big Red Tractor.
Review: I was thankful to receive a review copy of Francis Chan's newest children's picture book. Jim Madsen beautifully illustrates the message this author has for the reader based on Matthew 25:40.
The story begins with Ronnie Wilson relaizing for the first time why Jesus came to Earth. He says to his teacher "Jesus gave me an awesome gift, so I want to give him a present too!"
The whole book Ronnie searches for the perfect gift! In the end, Ronnie understand the meaning of Matthew 25:40. "And the king will answer them, 'Truly I say this to you, as you did it to one of the least of these, my brothers, you did it to me.'"
Francis Chan has given parents a great tool to use in opening up dialogue with our kids about gifts and giving. It's also beautifully illustrated. The message of this story will help, as Francis says, "...teach our kids the invaluable lesson of giving generously, God would give you the faith to live it but then our kids will see just how blessed we are when we give."
Nora St. Laurent is the CEO of The Book Club Network Incorporated and runs two book clubs near Atlanta, Ga., and is the former ACFW On-Line Book Club coordinator. Nora currently writes a Book Club column for the Christian Fiction OnLine Magazine and is a Book Club Talk "Columnist" for Novel Rocket. She writes reviews and interviews authors on her blog Finding Hope Through Fiction, Novel Reviews, Title Trakk, Suspense Zone and The Christian Pulse.