God Is Always Good by Tama Fortner ~ Comfort for Kids Facing Grief, Worry, or Scary Times {Review & Giveaway}

Tama Fortner
Illustrated by Veronica Vasylenko
Juvenile Nonfiction

About The Book:

You can always trust God. Bad things may happen.
But God always loves you, and He is always good.

God created this world and filled it with wonder and goodness. But sadly, bad things happen sometimes too. Friends move away, and storm winds blow. There are bullies, sickness, sadness, even death. But God Is Always Good will help you see that God is bigger than any badness.

With soft, tender words and scriptures, God Is Always Good offers reassurance and comfort. Sweet animal characters fill the pages, gently illustrating how God never leaves us. He is present in every smile, every hug, every helping hand. Because no matter what happens in this world . . .

God is always good!

My Thoughts:

As adults we have learned that God is always good. But even though we know it, sometimes we struggle with remembering that truth. If we as adults struggle with that concept at times, just think how hard it can be for a little one to grasp that important tenet of our faith. 

In God Is Always Good, a momma rabbit and her little bunny have a very heartfelt conversation about the goodness of God. The book begins with little bunny asking his momma what God is like. She replies, "God is bigger than the mountains and stronger than the seas. And even though He's big enough to hold the whole world in His hands, He cares about you and me. But the thing I love the most about God is that He is always good." 

Of course being a little guy he has plenty of follow-up questions. He continues to ask her how she knows that God is always good and gives different examples of situations that don't often feel like God is good. For instance what about when something not-so-good happens. Momma rabbit's reply is perfect. "Every day good things happen all over the world, but, yes, bad things happen too. And it's okay to wonder why. These hurtful things aren't part of God's plan, and they make Him sad too. Just remember that when bad things happen . . . God is there to help you."

The dialogue between the momma rabbit and the little bunny continue with questions like, Does God make bad things happen? Where is God when bad things happen? Is there anything God can't do? Some of the topics include, bullies, sickness and even death. Each page contains specific scripture that backs up what momma rabbit is saying.

This book is a beautiful resource for parents to begin a dialogue with their children about one of the most comforting attributes of God. I enjoyed the conversations that took place in our home after reading this book with our children. Helping your children understand that no matter what the situation is, God is ALWAYS good, will give them an assurance that they need for the rest of their lives.

The Giveaway:

We have partnered with Tommy Nelson to offer one of our readers a copy of God Is Always Good. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents and will run through midnight on Tuesday, September 30, 2014. You must be at least 18 years old to enter. The winner will be contacted by email and will have forty-eight hours to claim the prize. If unclaimed, a new winner will be drawn. The winners’ entries will be verified. Please enter the contest using the Rafflecopter form below. All entries are optional.
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  1. I give them a hug, and let them know it's ok. I tell them to pray when they are scared, and pray with them as well!

  2. We pray with her, take time to listen, and try to explain any fears that she may have and why she doesn't need to be afraid!

  3. I snuggle and talk to my son and let him know there is nothing to be scared of that God is watching out for us.

  4. My daughter was recently afraid when her elementary school went on lock-down. They ended up releasing the kids out the back gate *one at a time*. It took me over an hour to get her, and she was close to tears. I gave her a big hug and reassured her that I was there the whole time, I just had to wait my turn to get her. And then we went for ice cream :)


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