July 27, 2012
Many of you know the popular author, Karen Kingsbury. She writes life-changing Christian adult fiction books that are constantly being swiped off our shelves to be devoured by many women! Because of the popularity of Kingsbury’s books, I decided to try to read one about a year ago. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t get into it, and I wrote her writing off in my own mind as slow action, sad, and depressing. Maybe it was just the one I picked up, or maybe I should have kept going and finished it, but I just couldn’t get into it.
So this year, as I was collecting books in the Juvenile Easy section to read to my 6 year old daughter, I came across this colorful book. I will admit I was a little hesitant when I saw the author on the cover, but I checked it out anyway and brought it home. As I read it to my daughter a few nights later, I started to get choked up. But it wasn’t a depressing and sad kind of book; it was full of hope and life! I pulled myself together and finished reading to my child so that she could get to bed on time. Afterwards, I went back through the book to look at it again. I had enjoyed it so much!
The awesome thing about this children’s book is the fact that anyone can relate to it: young or old, big or small. It’s about a small ordinary caterpillar who wishes for more in his life than just the same old thing day after day. My favorite line is: "I wonder," he said, as he inched up a tree, "if there’s more to this life than just branches and leaves." How many of us have wondered the very same thing (minus the branches and leaves, of course!). Then, one day he gets a message that gives him hope for something better. The book goes on to describe how God has a plan filled with wondrous things for even the smallest creatures – we just have to make it through the hard times. I won’t ruin the book for you by telling you all of it, but I’ll conclude by saying that it has a happy ending.
Excelsior Springs Branch