Item description for In God's Name by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso & Phoebe Stone...
Overview Describes how people have given God different names according to their experience of Him, including "Source of Life," "Maker of Peace," "Mother," "Father," and "Friend," and thought that their own name for Him was the only true one, and suggests that all these names are part of the truth
Everyone and everything in the world has a name. What is God s name?
In poetic text and vibrant illustrations, this modern fable celebrates the diversity and, at the same time, the unity of all people.
God must have a single name this greater and more powerful than all other names. All the people of the world set out to find God s name and each of the many seekers is sure that he or she alone has found the right name, the "only" name, for God. Finally, they come together and at last learn what God s name really is.
"In God s Name" is a spiritual celebration of all people of the world and their belief in one God.
Citations And Professional Reviews In God's Name by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso & Phoebe Stone has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Kirkus Review - Children - 12/15/1994 page 1576
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Studio: Jewish Lights Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.7" Width: 9.2" Height: 0.3" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2004
Publisher Jewish Lights Publishing
ISBN 1879045265 ISBN13 9781879045262
Availability 0 units.
More About Sandy Eisenberg Sasso & Phoebe Stone
Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso is director of the Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts Initiative at Butler University and is a national speaker on women and spirituality and the religious imagination of children. She is rabbi emerita of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck in Indianapolis, where she served for thirty-six years, and is the author of numerous highly acclaimed books for both adults and children. Her children's book The Shema in the Mezuzah won the 2012 National Jewish Book Award for Best Illustrated Children's Book. Peninnah Schram is professor emerita of speech and drama at Yeshiva University. An internationally renowned storyteller, she travels across the United States and other countries as a featured presenter at storytelling festivals and conferences and as an artist-in-residence. She is the author of twelve notable books of Jewish folktales and has received numerous prestigious awards, including a Covenant Award for Outstanding Jewish Educator and the National Storytelling Network's Lifetime Achievement Award.
Sandy Eisenberg Sasso currently resides in Indianapolis, in the state of Indiana.
Reviews - What do customers think about In God's Name?
No better book on the name of God. Jun 8, 2006
Anyone with a child should buy this book. Anyone without a child should also buy this book!
I've used this book in a number of situations and first came across it at a retreat for those young Franciscans Friars in Religious Formation. It launched a wonderful discussion on our images of God. It is masterfully written and beautifully illustrated.
The way in which Sasso presents the variety of our images of God and how they all are equally useful and beautiful illustrates how we can move beyond our differences and become a sign of unity.
A great book to have in the house.
An Epistle in God's Name Oct 9, 2005
A delightful and informative book. An easy read. Reminded me of Lucien gregore's A God for Lions. It is in that class.
Who is God for you Mar 30, 2005
Words spoken and written in God's name often do not seem to do God justice. It is then delightful when you do come across words and images that gather together something of the essence of God. Sandy Eisenberg Sasso and Phoebe Stone are amazingly talented women who manage to do just this! Sasso is the author of the book `In God's Name', whose insightful words are complimented by Stone's drawings. What is God's name? Is it Healer? Source of light? Ancient of Days? Shepherd? Mother? Peacemaker? What is the `best' name for God? `In God's Name' wanders along a path searching out the right name for God; it encounters those who think they have found the perfect and only name for the one who is. The drawings are both breathtaking and charming, creating a story of movement and grace and drawing attention to the life and wonder of that which God has made. This book invites children, adults and communities to question who God is for them. It encourages discussion about the way God is perceived and named, and the importance of this to us. It does not shy away from the fact that it is hard work to listen to others, especially about something so close to the centre of ourselves. It is difficult to listen to other's ideas about God, without interjecting with our own rights or wrongs. Yet this book provides a path forwards. Valuing other's ideas and perceptions about God is a central theme to this work. Not only are the thoughts of the white haired grandfather given weight, but also the thoughts of a lonely child, of the farmer with skin like the rich brown earth, of the slave freed from bondage and of the young mother nursing her newborn. The insights these different characters provide from their own lives create opportunities for us to reflect on our experiences of God. The beauty of the final scene in the book shows something of God's grace to us. All those who felt they knew the `right' name for God find themselves gathered around a clear still lake, something like a mirror - `God's mirror'. In looking into the lake they recognise the many faces that belong to God and are unable to stop themselves from calling out in joy the countless and wonderful names that God has, and realising that they are all good names and none is better than another. You cannot help but smile as you see the coming together of a community in which the members are able to celebrate the diversity of themselves and the God in whose image they have been made. `In Gods name' provides countless opportunities for your faith community to gather closer to God as you search for the many names that God holds.
I don't know a better children's book! Dec 8, 2001
Characters in the book share their name for God and in the end they all learn that God's specific name is not so important as their being respectful of each other's choices for God's name. Children and adults should enjoy this book. The illustrations are wonderful and the story is simple, yet very meaningful. This would be a great gift to share with friends of different faiths: a good way to let someone know that you are not prejudiced agianst their religious belief system...
A special gift for a godchild Nov 12, 2001
I have four godchildren and have given each of them a copy of this book. The pictures are lovely, the story is poignant and the message is loving and true. I highly recommend this book and it will surely become a favorite for the child/godchild in your life.