Item No. 009041
by Jane G. Meyer, illustrated by Chiara Pasqualotto
Zeal and excitement are a part of every child. This book celebrates a young child's enthusiasm to put into practice the words of Christ: to feed and clothe the poor; help the needy; and love one's neighbor.
As Thomas shows his family the items that he has packed into his suitcase after hearing a stirring homily at church, they marvel at his inventiveness and loving heart. Thomas is traveling to the Kingdom of Heaven, and he knows what it takes to get there! Along with his suitcase, Thomas and his family figure out a way to accomplish the almost impossible goal that Thomas is so excited about.
The Suitcase captures bits and pieces of Christ's parables in a story format, familiarizing the reader with Christ's Heavenly Kingdom in a natural, subtle way.
"Jesus teaches through story and metaphor all throughout the Gospel and it presents a challenge for our children who understand everything literally when they're young. This book captures the innocence of our children but also the unique gifts they offer in spreading God's love. The illustrations beautifully capture their energy and imagination, and the story teaches us all about the kingdom of heaven."
-Rev. Rebekah McLeod Hutto, author of The Day When God Made Church
About the Author: Jane G. Meyer is a children's book author and editor who lives in Santa Barbara, California, with her husband and children. She loves the outdoors, learning new languages, fiddling in her garden, and making things with her hands. Besides her editorial work for Ancient Faith Publishing, she is the author of several books for children.
Age Range: 3-12 years
Author: Jane G. Meyer
Illustrator: Chiara Pasqualotto
Paperback: 32 pages
Dimensions: 8.5 X 10.75 inches