Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Book review Would You Read Me To Sleep

Would You...Read Me To Sleep by George E. Edenfield and Alyson Harris
Would You Read Me to SleepPublished 2012 by Golden Garden Publishing, inc. Hardback, 32 pages.

''The forgotten principles of fatherly protection and daughterly honor are the missing dynamic girls need in leading fruitful, stable, happy lives which will give honor to God.''
 Anna Sofia and Elizabeth Botkin So Much More page 16

''Proverbs 23:26 suggests, in paraphrased form, that daughters must give fathers their hearts, ''and let your eyes observe my ways.''

Father/daughter relationships, although crucial, are often neglected. In this large, smooth flat book, author George Edenfield brings to the reader the real story of a loving friendship between a father and his little ''princess''; Leia.
   Written in a winsome mixture of modern English and story-book style English, this book will please both the reader and child.
The full-page oil painting illustrations, by Alyson Harris, are rich and brightly toned and bring to life the heart-felt tale. I especially enjoyed the close-up portraits in the book with my favorite being the one featured on the cover.
   As a plus, children will enjoy searching for the ''golden keys'' hidden in each painting!
   The importance of seeking God, described as ''the search for the golden destiny'', is emphasized through the pages. I confess that it is slightly confusing that the terms of ''eternal life'' and ''salvation'' are changed into story-book style words such as ''the golden destiny'', but I supposed it was to make the book more story-book like.
   My six-year old sister critiqued this book in her quaint way, claiming that she enjoyed it but thought it ''funny'' that the same tree and swing from earth were in also in heaven at the end of the book-rainbow hued- since, ''there aren't any swings in heaven''!

   One thing I found disappointing was that it was taken for granted that the daughter would grow up and away from spending time with her father! (although she wasn't rebellious, and later did spend time with her aged father.) That should not be necessary in a Christian family.

''Why would [God] give so much care and attention to the well-being of young women under the Old Covenant but abandon them to laissez-faire fathers under the New? This is inconceivable.'' 
Voddie Baucham What He Must Be If He Wants To Marry My Daughter page 63

My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;...then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. 
Proverbs 2:1 and 2

I received this book free through the blogging for books program BOOKCRASH.COM. I was encouraged to state my entire opinion, whether positive or negative!