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The Pumpkin Gospel: A Story of a New Start with God!

By Mary Manz Simon (Author)
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Item description for The Pumpkin Gospel: A Story of a New Start with God! by Mary Manz Simon...

The Halloween tradition of pumpkin carving is used as a metaphor for the gospel message to show how God cleans out all of the yucky stuff and puts a light within believers to shine for Him. Shaped like a pumpkin, this book also features glow-in-the-dark ink throughout.

Publishers Description

Carving a pumpkin can teach your entire family how God transforms us into beautiful new creations to shine for him Read this book when you create your own jack-o'-lantern. It also glows in the dark

Community Description

Carving a pumpkin can teach your entire family how God transforms us into beautiful new creations to shine for him! Read this book when you create your own jack-o'-lantern each year and read it in the dark at bedtime--it glows!

For ages 3 & up. 12 pages.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Standard Publishing Company
Pages   12
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 6" Height: 7.25"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Board Books
Release Date   Aug 1, 2005
Publisher   Standard Publishing Company
Grade Level  Multiple Grades  
Age  3-6
ISBN  0784717583  
ISBN13  9780784717585  
UPC  707529047225  

Availability  0 units.

More About Mary Manz Simon

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dr. Mary Manz Simon: Quoted as "one of America's top parenting pros" in McCall's February 2000 issue, Dr. Simon has written more than 45 children's books, with more than 1.5 million copies sold! She also hosts her own syndicated daily radio program, "Front Porch Parenting," which airs on over 300 stations worldwide.

Mary Manz Simon currently resides in Belleville, in the state of Illinois. Mary Manz Simon was born in 1948.

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Baby-3 > Board Books
3Books > Subjects > Children > Baby-3 > General
4Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Holidays & Festivals > Halloween > Nonfiction

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Books > General Interest > Seasonal > Halloween

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Reviews - What do customers think about Pumpkin Gospel?

Thought it It was Great...  Nov 1, 2009
I loved this book. It was exactly as it stated. It glowed in the dark, and it gave it a Gospel time carving Pumpkins. I read it to all the kids in my extended family, a lot of kids! They loved it. This way it is a tradition taht I can keep going with the kids, while still teaching them about God. Even the ones who don't always go to church.

It was a way to remind them about God, without lecturing about it. I loved that the light was was God. I feel that with God's love I can shine. Just hearing his word makes my day!

This was a great book. I would tell anyone and everyone to buy this book, that carve pumpkins with thier families!
Can't Be Read in the Dark as Advertised  Oct 20, 2009
I thought it would be really neat to have a book that relates pumpkin carving back to God, even though that is not why pumpkins were originally carved. I also thought the concept of reading the book in the dark, as it claims that it glows in the dark, would be really fun!

It didn't quite meet my expectations, however. I thought the subject matter was a bit harsh for the baby-preschool crowd in that the book talks about asking God to forgive you and getting a brand new start. Yes, little ones mess up, but at that precious age, they should be learning about God's love for them first. Maybe that is just me. An example from the book, "The slime that fills the pumpkin, all stringy slipp'ry goo, reminds me of my insides before God makes me new." I honestly don't feel like my 2 year old feels that way about his mistakes, at least not yet :0). The book also refers to sin. While sin is an important topic to address with children, I still feel my youngster is a little young to grasp the concept of the word, "sin."

I could have overlooked the story if the book could have been read in the dark. But you can only read one page at a time. By the time you turn the page, the next page is too dark to read, so you have to turn the light back on to "recharge" the page so it will glow in the dark. It doesn't make for a very easy glow in the dark read, so we usually just look at the cover and the very end of the book in the dark.

I'm not sorry I bought the book. My little boy still enjoys reading it just to look at the pumpkin being carved and the parts of the book we look at that glow. I think the storyline will be easier for him to comprehend maybe closer to 3 or 4 years of age, so the book isn't a total loss. But I also think there are better "relating Halloween topics/traditions back to God" books out there. I just ordered, "My Happy Pumpkin: God's Love Shining through Me". That sounds more like what I was looking for. I'll write a review as soon as I receive it, but I may have ordered it too late to receive it by Halloween this year.
VERY UPSET  Oct 12, 2009
I ordered this book over a month ago and still have not received it!! I dont think I will be doing business with this site or the companies I ordered the books from again.

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