Monday, January 2, 2017

PBT Grab & Go #5 – Hope is an Open Heart

The PBT Grab & Go Series features repeat posts of books that are so easy to use in a lesson, you will need to do little prep. As we begin 2017, I’d like to offer a book that speaks to where I am right now. This past year was a difficult one for me, many folks I love most, my church, and so many around the world. Nevertheless, I approach a new year with hope that the building of God’s vision for the world will continue. It is my prayer that you too are grounded in the hope of your faith and willing to help make this year more hopeful. 
Picture Book: Hope is an Open Heart
Author: Lauren Thompson
Photographers: various
Summary: This picture book offers a photographic essay about the concept of hope using beautiful and inspiring photographs from around the world to demonstrate hope’s universal meaning. Photograph captions range from “hope is the warmth of strong arms around you” to “hope is sad tears flowing making room for joy.”
Hanna’s Comments: The abstract concept of hope is demonstrated through a variety of cross-cultural images in this simple but compelling picture book. It is good for even young children, who are likely concrete versus abstract thinkers. They can begin developing their understanding of this important and commonly used word. In the back, you’ll find a section called More thoughts on hope… where the author explains how the concept of hope began to have a richer meaning after witnessing the events of 9/11 and interviewing those who have experienced other devastating tragedies such as Hurricane Katrina. I have written an adult and a children's lesson about hope with this book as a component. You may purchase both for just $4. Contact me to request it via a comment here or my email: hannaschock@bellsouth.net. 
Publisher and Initial Date of Publication: Scholastic, 2008
Age and Grade Appropriateness: 4 and up, Pre and up
Formats other than book: None at present
Scripture Connections: Be strong & courageous (Deuteronomy 31:6); they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength (Isaiah 40:13); for surely I know the plans I have for you (Jeremiah 29:11); rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer (Romans 12:12); may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope (Romans 15:13)
Idea(s) for Application: Read this book during an adult or children's Sunday School lesson about hope or read to a small group to begin a therapy session.