Wednesday, February 1, 2012

God, I Need to Talk to You About Healthy Eating

The boy in God, I Need to Talk to You About Healthy Eating has a problem. He likes junk food a little too much. Rather than eating his healthy lunch, he trades his apple for fruit gummies, and his turkey sandwich for potato chips. He doesn't understand why his stomach hurts after lunch, or why he is sleepy during his classes. And a note is sent home to his mother because he couldn't pay attention.

Written by Susan K. Leigh and illustrated by Bill Clark, God, I Need to Talk to You About Healthy Eating, shares how important healthy eating is and how we hurt our bodies with too much junk food, which dishonors God.

What I Like: In this age of obese kids and an attitude that junk-food-is-normal, helping kids understand healthy eating is extremely important. Having a natural cause and effect in the story helps get the point across; if you eat bad stuff, you don't feel good, and you're too sleepy to do the things you need or want to do.

What I Dislike: Some of the quoted Bible verses seem to be a very loose interpretation, which may or may not apply to the situation; with some verses, I couldn't find any application to the story. Still, I am glad the idea of healthy eating is being talked about from a biblical perspective, using verses that are relevant for teaching to respect the body God gave us. For instance, when the boy trades his food and throws away his milk, the teaching verse associated with the story is Proverbs 23:3, "Do not desire his delicacies, for they are deceptive food."

Overall Rating: Very Good.

Age Appeal: 4 - 8

Publisher Info: Concordia Publishing House, 2011; ISBN: 978-0-7586-2660-8; Paperback, 14 PGS., $1.19

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