Mama, I Want to See God
“I think that this is an excellent book for parents and their children. It provides answers to some of the many questions that children may have about God and religion.”
~Shannon Hearne for NetGalley
“The overall theme and message of this book is beautiful. I love the premise. With simplicity of words and colorful illustrations to support her message, Fortenberry communicates a story of purity.”
~Kim Teamer for NetGalley
“Children can ask questions that put us on the spot without even trying. The most difficult to answer are those about believing in a God one can not see or touch. They believe in the tooth fairy and Santa Claus without proof, but ask such penetrating questions when it comes to God. Vanessa offers answers children of all ages can understand, told in verse form that appeals to them. The verse along with the beautiful illustrations will have your young reader asking to read ‘Mama, Want To See God’ again and again.”
~DelAnne Frazee for NetGalley
5 stars. “Ever buy something because you thought it would be nice to have, just to find out nice is incorrect and great is a lot better? That’s my experience with this book. From its’ laminated cover, to it’s roll-off-the-tongue poetry, to it’s totally inclusive art work, I am pleased! From the way the author answers the child’s questions to the way the artist depicts the characters, children (young and old) will find themselves reflected throughout the pages of this book. Share it, and be pleased!”
~Dorothy for Amazon.com
“I would definitely recommend this book. It reminds us, even adults, that we can see God in everything…from the birds that sing, to our own image in the mirror.
My 4 year old loved pointing out the page numbers and loved the pictures. The main concept she seemed to take away from the story, was that God lives in our hearts and loves us so very much. I think that the ryhming flow of the story helps captivate her attention as she listens to the words.
My 6 year old (who I call my spiritual child) really loved the story. He said that he liked reading about God’s love with me, because we both love God and he likes to talk to me about it.
My 7 year old wasn’t as big of a fan of the book. He couldn’t explain why, but maybe the story is geared a little more towards preschool and early school age children?? He did like how it talked about how God created EVERYTHING.
The artwork in the book is beautiful. The style is almost drawn in color blocks which gives the drawings depth and a feeling of viewing a painting instead of just drawings. The story features several different Mamas who are each diverse and unique just like God created us all to be unique. I am fearfully and wonderfully made ~ Psalm 139:14”
“Wow! What a beautiful shining story and such an easy read. I was highly impressed with this author’s presentation. Being an author and reaching out to our YA audience, it’s not an easy task. Surely, it took a lot of concentrated energy to speak a message of this magnitude. And the author has mastered that skill. The cover alone illuminates that there’s an exciting story, behind its pages. It is so true that the purity of children and its spirituality is radiated through this touching story. Not only are our children precious they are very curious. And that they are. Yet, this story is not just limited to the youth its words will spark an interest to our adults alike.
It would not be a surprise if this storybook was embraced on the shelves of our public school system. Certainly, it is well-written and creatively presented. Looking for that great gift? What a great gift for your next baby shower or just any occasional gift-giving event. This author has done a remarkable job. Kudos! I’m very interested in reading more from her. Overall, it’s a great story line, with great pictures, and great job – Vanessa Fortenberry and your Illustrator Leah Jennings.”
~Nina Norstrom, author of ‘Not a Blueprint: It’s the Shoe Prints that Matter’
5 stars. “The children’s book Mama, I Want To See God is an excellent start to getting young children on the path to understanding who God is, what God is and how God relates to our personal everyday lives. The book not only creates a bond with the child as the parent or adult reads to the child, but it also can serve as the child’s first experience in understanding that not everything we experience in life is in a natural/physical sense that can be touched, seen, or heard in the manner in which we most often experience. The book can serve to broaden a child’s perspective outside that of the physical realm and become a stepping stone for developing the child’s sense of spirituality. This is an excellent literary work.”
~Grady Carthon for Amazon.com
5 stars. “My grandson is only two but this is exactly how I want him to see God, through the eyes of love! Mama, I Want to See God is beautifully written and illustrated. A book children of all ages are sure to enjoy!”
~Gloria Harper for Amazon.com