Item description for Children's Letters to God: The New Collection by Stuart Hample & Eric Marshall...
Overview A collection of questioning, serious, reverent, and humorous letters which children have written to God.
Publishers Description Here is the unassuming little book that charmed its way up the bestseller lists and now has over 1.2 million copies in print. This third edition of CHILDREN-S LETTERS TO GOD reveals again the surprising pleasures and provocations of what happens when kids decide to send a letter off to their maker. Whether posing a question, begging a favor, or expressing doubt or joy, these letters are notable for their refreshing directness, unexpected humor, and startling clarity of thought. It-s like seeing the world through a child-s bright eyesoeyes untouched by cynicism, eyes brimming with innocence, wonder, and curiosity.Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club.
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Studio: Workman Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.9" Width: 5.68" Height: 0.63" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 1991
Publisher Workman Publishing Company
ISBN 0894809997 ISBN13 9780894809996
Availability 0 units.
More About Stuart Hample & Eric Marshall
Stuart Hample is the co-editor of Children's Letters to God and other books. He lives in New York City.
Stuart Hample currently resides in New York Manhattan, in the state of New York.
Reviews - What do customers think about Children's Letters to God?
How "Children's Letters to God" has affected me Nov 21, 2006
I discovered this book a few years ago and feel blessed to have done so. As I was standing in a spiritual bookstore, I was drawn to this book. I began reading the touching things children were feeling in relation to God. I turned the page and my heart stopped as if I had just seen a photo of myself. What I did in fact see was my very own printing, and what I read was something that I wrote back in elementary school. I rushed to show my best friend who didn't quite understand my state of near hyperventilation and the tears in my eyes. She said, "So? Someone else shares your 'rare' name, big deal." I went on try and explain and in the process bought the book on the spot. It now sits on my bookshelf and I am still amazed at finding a piece of my youth and my feelings on God published. I have tried to piece the story together and to the best of my recollection, I have come up with this: my grade 4 teacher used to get us to write on deep thought provoking topics. She used to be very keen on submitting work of favoured students to various contests and the like. She must have submitted this somewhere and somehow it made it in the book. Those skeptical of my unknowing "contribution" to the book, were silenced when I provided my grade 4 science tests and the printing matched to a 'T'. In addition, anyone who knows me, knows that what I said way back when I was 8 or 9, still rings true 20 (wow) years later: "Dear God I don't ever feel alone since I found out about you." Nora *sigh*, it was truly by the Grace of God that I discovered this book. Reading here in these posts that a Rabbi quoted my writing, shows me that some things withstand the test of time. Beautiful. As another reviewer wrote, I too wish that there were more pieces of information about the children and/or the demographics of where these letters were obtained. To answer her what I do know: No, they were not all from the US as I am from Canada, and they were not all from a church or synagogue as mine was written in a public school. It would be amazing if all of us, who "wrote" letters to God when we were children, could be made aware of our contribution to books such as these. Hopefully, if there are other such books out there (I believe there are but have yet to seek them out), the publishers will make the children/their parents aware of their small contribution, so that they can knowingly treasure such books for years to come. So to all of those considering buying this book, just know that these letters were written by the true innocence of children at some point in their lives. God Bless! Love always, Nora.
Childeren's Letters to God Aug 24, 2006
People of all ages will enjoy this book. A perfect Christmas gift that can be enjoyed all year long.
Children Say the Dandiest Things! Jan 30, 2006
What a sweet, stimulating and spiritual little volume this is! Yes, children say the dandiest -- and profoundest for that matter -- things. Stuart Hample and Eric Marshall have given us a view into the faith of the young, a very nice way to think about our own faith as well.
Neatly divided into categories, such as "Puzzlements, dilemmas and other imponderables" these few lines from each child are rendered in the juvenile script of each. Illustrated prettily by the artwork of a variety of budding Picassos, these letters could very well serve not only as conversation starters in a small group but subjects well worth exploring in depth through more disciplined religious studies. Or as a gift you give to someone you love.
Then again, savoring just a few of them in a quiet nook will serve to revive the spirit.
If you find this review helpful you might want to read some of my other reviews, including those on subjects ranging from biography to architecture, as well as religion and fiction.
Out of the mouths of babes Jul 12, 2005
This is a lovely book that definitely contains the 'aah' factor. The simple words that children say when thinking about God, accompanied by some great illustrations. I bought this as a leaving present for the school that I teach in - it was well received! It would also be good to share with a child over the age of 8. Should have a place on any child's bookcase. :)
a real hoot, peppered with some poignant moments Aug 9, 2004
Each page of this tiny book has a child's original handwriting (and sometimes their drawings) facing an illustration interpretation of their thoughts. One child asks, "Do you know about things before their [sic] invented?" The accompanying illustration (not by the child) shows clouds - one cloud has a TV in it, one has a radio.
Another child writes, "In school we learned that Thomas A. Edison invented light, but in Sunday School, they said you did. I bet he stoled [sic] your idea!"
Others are comical, but show the deep thoughts that are going on inbetween the ears of children, such as, "Instead of letting people die and then making new ones, why don't you just keep the ones you got?"
My less than perfect rating is for the lack of information on the demographics of where they got these letters. Were they all in the US? Were they from one church or one synagogue? How many were collected in all? Also, the book is so thin - to really be a book that is read over and over - they needed to include more letters from more kids.