Item description for Water, Come Down!: The Day You Were Baptized by Walter Wangerin, Jr., Wangerin & Gerardo Suzan...
Overview Sun, cloud, rain, wind, water, and the whole of creation join family and friends in celebrating the baptism of a child of God.
Publishers Description A lyrical story that personalizes the the beauty, joy and meaning of Baptism. Includes family "discussion-starters" about the significance of Baptism, its roots in the biblical story and its meaning for life today.
From Publishers Weekly Tackling complex theological issues, this illuminating book for the most part
succeeds in introducing children to the concepts surrounding baptism. As
Wangerin (Probity Jones and the Fear Not Angel) explains, his approach is
structured on a passage from Romans 8: "The creation waits with eager longing
for the revealing of the children of God." Here, benevolently personified, the
sun, a cloud, rain, wind, seed and water take turns describing their
contributions to a child's baptism as they welcome the child into creation.
Their words exemplify concepts of resurrection and growth, although Wangerin
includes one somewhat discordant reference to the cleansing aspects of baptism:
"I am the water they washed you in/... Clean from the devil! Clean from sin."
Odd grammar ("I am the water went under the ground") and occasional cutesiness
mar what is otherwise graceful, stirring verse: "I rode the wind to the edge of
the skies/ And cried to the sun, `Sun, shine on me/ For the child below, so the
child can see/ A flaming raining-bow!'" Suz n (Butterfly Boy), in his friendly,
candy-colored illustrations, joins Wangerin in stressing baptism as a dramatic
entrance into the community of faith. It's a lot to take in, but Wangerin
provides several pages of excellent resources for family Bible study, exploring
the scriptural sources behind his story and making the theological concepts
both accessible and engaging. All ages. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business
Citations And Professional Reviews Water, Come Down!: The Day You Were Baptized by Walter Wangerin, Jr., Wangerin & Gerardo Suzan has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 08/30/1999 page 76
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Studio: Augsburg Fortress Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.1" Width: 8.3" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Sep 7, 1999
Publisher AUGSBURG FORTRESS PUB. #99
ISBN 0806637110 ISBN13 9780806637112
Availability 0 units.
More About Walter Wangerin, Jr., Wangerin & Gerardo Suzan
Walter Wangerin Jr. is widely recognized as one of the most gifted writers writing today on the issues of faith and spirituality. Starting with the renowned Book of the Dun Cow, Wangerin's writing career has encompassed most every genre: fiction, essay, short story, children's story, meditation, and biblical exposition. His writing voice is immediately recognizable, and his fans number in the millions. The author of over forty books, Wangerin has won the National Book Award, New York Times Best Children's Book of the Year Award, and several Gold Medallions, including best-fiction awards for both The Book of God and Paul: A Novel. He lives in Valparaiso, Indiana, where he is Senior Research Professor at Valparaiso University.
Walter Wangerin currently resides in Valparaiso, in the state of Indiana. Walter Wangerin has an academic affiliation as follows - Valparaiso University.
Reviews - What do customers think about Water, Come Down!: The Day You Were Baptized?
Beautiful pictures! Mar 8, 2007
I purchased this book for the baby of a close friend and recently for my own grandson for his Baptism. It is beautifully illustrated and it brought my daughter to tears with its description of the special day. I would highly reccomend this book.
Godparents, take note Sep 2, 2006
This is a great book for Godparents to give Godchildren. It is always a challenge to find something meaningful to remind the Godchild of the special event in which they participated. I'm giving this book to my Godchild years later to reinforce her connection with God.
Water Come Down Jan 30, 2006
As a Sunday School director, I ordered this book as a suppliment to our curriculum. It is a book that is simple and elegant at the same time. The illustrations are beautiful. It is a lovely book.
Water, Come Down! The day you were baptized Oct 25, 2005
What fabulous book. This is the best and one of the only books I have seen on infant baptism! The illustrations are lovely and colorful and is a wonderful book to start reading to your child at any age. It is easily adaptable to an infant/toddler and as your child gets older, they will have fun reading it and remembering the book when they see other children being baptized. Wonderful book.
A Must Have! Oct 23, 2005
This book by Lutheran Pastor Walt Wangerin is a must have for any baptized child of God! I am a Lutheran pastor and I have made it my practice to give this to each and every child at their baptism so their parents can read it to them as they grow up and remember their baptism. I suppose I have purchased more copies of this book than your average Joe! But I keep on buying it and they keep on loving it!