In her newly released book, Jesus I Feel Close to You (Paulist Press, November 2004, hardcover, 32 pages), author and art teacher Denise Stuckey employs images from a child’s everyday life to help emphasize the importance of a close and personal relations
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Book Review – Jesus, I Feel Close to You
In her newly released book, Jesus I Feel Close to You
(Paulist Press, November 2004, hardcover, 32 pages), author and art teacher Denise Stuckey employs
images from a child’s everyday life to help emphasize the importance of a close and personal
relationship with Jesus Christ.
Combining soft and charming illustrations by Phyllis
Saroff with the recurring theme “Jesus, I feel close to you…” Stuckey relates the instances that
come about in a child’s life to classic stories from the New Testament. Time spent helping Daddy
at home relates to Jesus’ childhood years working with Joseph in the carpenter’s shop. A family
picnic helps to recall the occasion of the miracle of the loaves and fishes. Climbing a tree
reminds the child of the story of the diminutive Zacchaeus, who was so anxious to have a good view
of Jesus that he climbed to the top of a nearby sycamore.
As parents, one of the greatest
gifts we can bestow upon our children is the knowledge that whatever happens in life, we can always
call upon our friendship with Jesus Christ. He is there for us in times of trial, as well as
moments of triumph. Jesus I Feel Close to You
underscores this perpetual presence and
reminds the reader to call upon and nurture this special friendship. Its simple message of intimacy
and trust are something you will want to share with your child time and again. A comprehensive list
of Bible references at the end of the book provides a great resource for parents who want to go to
the “source” for sharing these great stories with their families.
information on Jesus I Feel Close to You
visit www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0809167182/digitalcropper-20Lisa M. Hendey is a mother of two sons, webmaster of numerous web sites, including www.catholicmom.com and
www.christiancoloring.com, and an avid reader.
Visit her at www.lisahendey.com