The Very Best Day: The Way of Love for Children introduces the practices for a Jesus-centered life for children ages 3–10 and their families. Through accessible language and age-appropriate themes, it specifically addresses children and the importance of rhythm and practice in their lives as Christians, accompanied by Roger Hutchison's familiar and vibrant artwork. Through a cadence of words and colorful images, children will see how to Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, and Rest in daily life as a follower of Jesus. Acquiring such wisdom at an early age will benefit children (and the adults who love them) to learn these practices for a lifetime.
"The Way of Love" has become a mantra of Michael B. Curry's episcopate as presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church. From the royal wedding to the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church and continuing today, all ages have been inspired and eager to "grow more deeply with Jesus Christ at the center of our lives, so we can bear witness to his way of love in and for the world."
Paperback: 40 pages
Dimensions: 8.0 x 10.0 x 0.3 inches
Shipping Weight: 0.3 pounds
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Roger Hutchison is an artist and author, and also the Director of Christian Formation and Parish Life at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas. An artist who paints with children in a variety of contexts, he is the author of several books including Jesus: God Among Us and The Painting Table: A Journal of Loss and Joy. Roger serves on the Forma Board of Directors and is a member of the National Association of Grieving Children. He lives with his family outside of Houston, Texas.
"Roger has captured the essence of the Way of Love beautifully while diving even deeper into what it means to live and love like Jesus in the beautiful, sacred, everyday moments of life. It is a book that can be read to start the day or end the day, a book that can be read at church and on the soccer field, in a classroom and in the car."
— From the Foreword by Jerusalem Jackson Greer, Evangelism Office for The Episcopal Church
"This book is a work of art. The generous layering of paint in its illustrations, coupled with the gentle poetry and depth of its text, creates a moment for readers––whether very young, very old, or anywhere in between––to reflect on what it means to journey on the Way of Love."
— Jennifer Grant, author of Love You More and Little Blue Bottle
"As a priest and as a parent, I have been wanting something that will help me share the Way of Love with the youth of my parish and with my own children. The Very Best Day is a fabulous resource to introduce young followers of Jesus to this sevenfold path of discipleship; Roger's beautiful paintings and awe-inspiring words combine to create the perfect primer for parents, teachers, and clergy searching for a means to help their young ones experience the Way of Love."
— T.J. Freeman, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, Ft. Wayne, Indiana
"It is deeply Anglican and profoundly Christian to care for the spiritual lives of the youngest among us. Roger Hutchison has created a beautiful and accessible resource that is sure to become a classic in the Church. Teaching our kids about Jesus is often a challenging but worthy task. With The Very Best Day, we parents and educators do not have to go it alone."
— Sarah Condon, author of Churchy and co-host of The Mockingcast
"Warm, inviting poetry, questions, and images weave together experiences of everyday life and spiritual practices that artfully illuminate the Way of Love. Hutchison has created both a thoughtful gift for children entering Sunday school and a resource that sparks meaningful faith conversations at home."
— Christine V. Hides, Director of Christian Education at Kenilworth Union Church (Illinois) and blogger at "Bless Each One"
"Roger Hutchison uses easy-to-read poetry, meaningful reflection, and beautiful illustration to introduce the practices of the Way of Love to children. The Very Best Day: The Way of Love for Children is an excellent resource for teaching spiritual disciplines that will help even the youngest of disciples to walk in the way of Jesus' love."
— Victoria Hoppes, Camp Director at Waycross Episcopal Camp and Conference Center, Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis
"This book takes readers on a journey through what it means to live as Christ taught us. A tool for all who would like to grow in faith as a family, it will make a delightful addition to a home or church library. Excellent and timely!"
— Traci Smith, author of Faithful Families and Prayers for Faithful Families