Do you remember the story of Ruth? Have you ever
thought about its impact on a child? What is the message for children
inside the book of Ruth? The Story of Ruth Through a Child's
an 80-page paperback book that will help you answer that question.
The story is written for children ages 6 to 13.
The Story of Ruth Through a Child's Eyes is an interactive
story that is best read side-by-side with a child. The book is
divided into five parts: a prologue, a story, the harvest, God's
plan or Naomi's plan, and redemption. It opens with an 8-year-old
girl named Ruth fighting with her brother over her doll. He wants
it, but she doesn't want to give it up. Mom comes in to break up
the fight and says, "Do you realize that God has a plan for you
far greater than this doll and all of your toys?" (page xvii).
From there, Mom slowly unravels the story of Ruth. The story focuses
on the context of the mother-daughter relationship.
Chapter one in The Story of Ruth Through a Child's Eyes is
about Ruth chapter 1. There are small pictures throughout the chapter
as well as verses from other parts of the Bible. The girl Ruth
interjects at the perfect times. For example, when Mom reads about
Mara, the girl Ruth asks who Mara was. It was a question my own
daughter stopped to ask me because she thought only Ruth and Naomi
were the characters in the story. The author then has the mom retell
a family story that her daughter can recall and relate to the Bible
story. Slowly, Ruth is able to see God's plan for her. At the end
of each chapter, there are questions that a parent can ask a child.
There is also a page where the child can reflect about how the
story relates to his or her own life.
I read this to my 7-year-old daughter. While she could have read
it herself, I do think that this book is best used as a read-aloud.
It could be read to a group of children or just one child. I think
that it would be most effective in a one-on-one setting with a
parent and child. My daughter had heard the story of Ruth in Sunday
school, but like the girl in the story she didn't understand how
it related to her. Each night I would read a new chapter to her.
She eagerly awaited the next chapter each day. There were plenty
of spots for us to stop and ponder together or for me to interject
part of my daughter's history into the story. There are great opportunities
to talk about individual faith. Using The Story of Ruth Through
a Child's Eyes, I had an opportunity to share stories of
my own faith with my daughter.
The book's website is worth a visit. The story of the author's
journey to write about Ruth is interesting. There is a giving program
that raises money through contests, and students will enjoy the
thought-provoking blog too. The Story of Ruth Through a Child's
Eyes is a book worth reading with your children. It will
create a bridge of living faith between you, them, and God.