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The Little Soul and the Earth: I'm Somebody! Review by Dena Wood

By Neale Donald Walsch
Illustrated by Frank Riccio
1125 Stoney Ridge Road
Charlottesville, VA 22902

The Little Soul and the Earth?I'm Somebody! is a children's parable adapted from Conversations with God. This 32-page hardcover picture book is intended for ages 6 to 12 and retails for $17.95. Filled with truly stunning artwork, this book is the uplifting story of a "little soul" leaving God's side and coming to earth. The "little soul" is uncertain about her journey, so God reassures her and admonishes her not to forget Him, which she finds incomprehensible. Once on earth, she is counseled by her Guardian Angel, Melvin, who continues to remind her of God and His presence. The story is filled with many good thoughts and ideas including the fact that our body is something we have, not who we are.

While I enjoyed the story and the artwork, I'm afraid some would find disagreement with the theology. Statements such as these are likely to concern some parents: being on Earth "IS being in Heaven! You can't leave Heaven because Heaven is the only thing I ever created!" and "That's how life works. You can wish for something and just like 'that' you can get it." With others it won't be a problem at all. Personally, I intend to read the book with my children and use it as a means of discussing what we believe and why.

-- Product review by Dena Wood, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, December 2005