The Plans I Have for You was written by Amy Parker and Illustrated by Vansessa Brantley-Newton. This book was written based on Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” In her interpretation of this verse, Ms. Parker focuses mainly on different careers that a child/person may have (i.e., a nurse, zoo keeper, entomologist, etc). There are interesting details in this book, such as an assembly line with a sign that reads “Incoming YOUR Orders: Nurse, Zookeeper, Entomologist.” The theme of God giving every child/person a purpose is continued throughout the book.
I know Jeremiah 29:11 is a verse that give many adults comfort. . . I often recommend this verse when my clients are doubting their purpose in life. As a result, I would ordinarily recommend that every Christian household run and grab a copy of this book. However, this book does not deliver of the promise of conveying to children that God has a purpose for their life. This book is written in first person, as if God is writing it. However, the word God is never used. (Note; Jeremiah 29:11 is quoted in its entirety, which includes the word Lord in the inside book cover). So the child is never told, who has plans for them. If a parent is reading this book to their child, the way the book is written, the child could assume that their parent has great plans for them. There is even a picture of the Bible in this book; however, the book does not have the word Bible or a cross on it to actually convey it is a Bible.
I am still search for a book that conveys to children that God has a purpose for their life. When I find one, I will write a review of it. Until then, I highly recommend Glorious Praise as an alternative to The Plans I Have for You. Glorious Praise also focuses on different careers that a child/person may have. It is based on 1 Corinthians 10:31 and you can read my complete review of Glorious Praise here: http://www.tccpublishing.com/blog/review-of-glorious-praise
Well until next time, please continue to pray for me and know I am praying for you,
Disclaimer: I received this book from BookLook Bloggers for free in exchange for an honest review; all thoughts and opinions herein are that of my own.
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