- A Boy and His Dog
- Don’t Forget Me (Discussion Book Series, Book 1)
- Dying is Part of This World (Discussion Book Series, Part 2)
Mrs. Jarmon is a Christian author and the two books in the Discussion Series are both based on biblical values while the other has no religious leanings at all. I read them with our children who are ages 6, 4, and 2 (and infant, but she doesn’t exactly have an opinion on these things yet).
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A Boy and His Dog is a cute story of a child and his adventures with his pup. They wake together, have breakfast, and go off to play and have fun. Together they play in the mud, go fishing, climb trees. They clean up and then fall asleep snuggled together again, and the next day, they repeat. What a life.
I specifically wanted to read this one to my son as a bedtime story. He is only two but he looked on and seemed amused by the story. He pointed to my phone and said “doggy!” in his two-year old way of speaking.
I liked that they didn’t make mischief together but did wholesome things. We need more stories like this!
Don’t Forget Me is a quick read about a baby growing in the womb. He is chatting with God and listening to his parents pray and read the Bible to him. It is a very sweet perspective to consider. The baby grows and comes to love the Lord but doesn’t understand why God keeps saying to remember Him. God reassured him that He will never forget him and the baby replies that he also would never forget Him. God explains that forgetting is easy in the world, and how true that is! The baby comes out at the end of the book and is fearful at first, but then recognizes his parents’ voices and feels comforted when they begin to pray.
I was hoping this story would not detail the actual act of how a baby is conceived and thankfully it did not go into that at all. It does go into labor, but mostly from the baby’s perspective. There is one illustration with the doctor at the mom’s feet in a hospital bed (this is after contractions started and presumably she is pushing). If your children don’t already know what part of the body the baby comes out from, they would most likely start asking questions about that if they saw that picture. My kids already know the general area the baby comes from, so it didn’t phase them.
I find the book to be solidly based in Scripture and there are references at the back of the book for where to find certain passages that she has referenced, such as sorrow and pain turning to joy in John 16:21. That part of the book actually made me tear up a little as I remembered my own birth experiences, and how overcome with joy I felt right when I was handed my newborns for the first time.
I think the book is cute and shows the parents’ love for the child as well as their love for the Lord. I believe it is a wholesome read. My girls said they enjoyed it. Both of them (ages 6 and 4) seemed to understand what was going on. We looked at this one on the computer instead of using my phone.
Dying is Part of This World is a chapter book with seven short chapters. I ended up not reading this one to my kids because they haven’t started asking those types of questions yet, and my theology also differs from Mrs. Jarmon’s a bit, so I didn’t want to confuse them, as we are still building a solid foundation for their faith.
The story details a child talking with his mother. He admits he is afraid of her dying and they talk about heaven and God. If your kids are at the age and maturity level that they’ve started asking questions about this, and you believe those who are saved go immediately to heaven upon death, this could be a good book to use during discussions when these big life questions come up.
The boy and his mom have a big conversation that covers many topics, including time and space. These are concepts my children would not understand, but it could lead to some rabbit trails if you want to go that route with your older kids (maybe 8 and up).
There are some really good passages that thoroughly and clearly explain about sin, salvation in Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the return of Jesus, the new earth, and the second death. Some passages were confusing and were total conjecture in my opinion. Sometimes these were more obvious, where the mom is pondering what things might be like. But other times, they seem like they are presented as fact when the Bible is unclear.
The last chapter wraps up their discussion and the boy is left feeling much better after he understands the big picture. Overall, I do believe this is a good book for helping kids understand some important existential concepts, even if I disagree on some of the details.
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