Thursday, April 21, 2011

Children's Book Review: I Cannot Tell a Lie by Ruth Thompson

  • Reading level: Ages 4-8
  • Perfect Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Tate Publishing (August 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781616634360
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616634360 
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When Jody breaks her mother's special cookie jar, she feels horrible but is even more afraid of telling the truth. When she studies God's commandment 'Thou shalt not lie' during devotion time, she begins to feel badly about lying, and another Bible story leaves Jody completely conflicted. Will Jody tell the truth or keep her lie quiet? Find out in I Cannot Tell a Lie.

My Review:

This is a great faith-based book to pick up and share with your children about not telling a lie.  Jody mistakenly breaks a family heirloom cookie jar and tries to put the blame on her siblings.  But, the lie began to eat her up inside and that night she had bad dreams.  Not being able to continue the lie, she breaks down and tells her mother that she was the one who broke the cookie jar, and was so sorry for lying.  Her mother thanked her for telling the truth, and said that she had to apologize to Jesus for lying and ask for forgiveness.  They both knelt down and Jody prayed for forgiveness and the strength to not tell another lie.

I loved the illustrations in the book, especially the half eaten cookies shown on each page.  This is an easy to read book and a great teaching tool to use with your children when teaching them not to lie.

About the Author:

Ruth Thompson has been a frequent speaker at women's conferences and revivals in the state of Mississippi.  She is a pastor.  Ruth is married and has two grown children:  Jacob and Beth.

Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of this book by the author in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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