Dear God, I Don't Get It
by Patti Maguire Armstrong
Liguori Publications, 2013
Why does God answer some prayers and not others? This is a question that
plagues even adults. Sometimes, we pray so hard and think we know what
God should do in our lives. And then, God does something else or He does
nothing. What gives? For children, these questions can be even more
acute. Without a lifetime of experience to rely on, God ignoring a
prayer can be a faith-shaking incident.
That is the premise
behind "Dear God, I Don't Get It." Patti Maguire Armstrong tells the
story of sixth-grader Aaron Ajax. His father just lost his job and he
has to move from Montana to North Dakota as a result. He prayed and
prayed that this would not happen, and God just didn't pay attention. He
has to leave his friends behind and while his younger brother Luke is
making new friends easily, Aaron seems to only be making enemies.
Nothing is going well for him. He concocts a plan to be a "hero" in
order to get some positive attention, but that blows up in his face as
well. Yet, God can use even bad things for good, and by the end of the
story, everything has worked out, and Aaron decides that God knows what
He is doing after all.
Armstrong writes with a good sense of
humor that will appeal to the 8 - 12 age group that this book is
targeted toward. It is a story with an important lesson on prayer for
children, and the adults who care for them (and who might read this book
with them). For those interested in delving into the story on a deeper
level, there are discussion questions in the back.
This is the first in a new series with the second book coming out next Spring.