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In the end, it will be okay because God is always with us. Whether we like it or not, growing up brings change. For many children, this conjures fears that are sometimes real and sometimes imagined. How can kids learn that even when they face new and unfamiliar situations, they don’t have to be afraid?  Little Seed and Little Fox are facing changes and brand new circums In the end, it will be okay because God is always with us. Whether we like it or not, growing up brings change. For many children, this conjures fears that are sometimes real and sometimes imagined. How can kids learn that even when they face new and unfamiliar situations, they don’t have to be afraid?  Little Seed and Little Fox are facing changes and brand new circumstances—and they don’t like it one bit! Through this unlikely friendship, children will discover that no matter how new or fearful their circumstances, God is always with them. The whimsical art by Natalia Moore will put a smile on kids’ faces and put their minds at ease. Just as Little Seed and Little Fox learn to trust that the Farmer is good and kind, children will also learn to trust God. Written by New York Times bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst, It Will Be Okay will help kids discover that the end, it really will be okay because we have a God who is good and kind and always with us.Trim Size: 9 x 9


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In the end, it will be okay because God is always with us. Whether we like it or not, growing up brings change. For many children, this conjures fears that are sometimes real and sometimes imagined. How can kids learn that even when they face new and unfamiliar situations, they don’t have to be afraid?  Little Seed and Little Fox are facing changes and brand new circums In the end, it will be okay because God is always with us. Whether we like it or not, growing up brings change. For many children, this conjures fears that are sometimes real and sometimes imagined. How can kids learn that even when they face new and unfamiliar situations, they don’t have to be afraid?  Little Seed and Little Fox are facing changes and brand new circumstances—and they don’t like it one bit! Through this unlikely friendship, children will discover that no matter how new or fearful their circumstances, God is always with them. The whimsical art by Natalia Moore will put a smile on kids’ faces and put their minds at ease. Just as Little Seed and Little Fox learn to trust that the Farmer is good and kind, children will also learn to trust God. Written by New York Times bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst, It Will Be Okay will help kids discover that the end, it really will be okay because we have a God who is good and kind and always with us.Trim Size: 9 x 9

30 review for It Will be Okay: Trusting God Through Fear and Change (Little Seed & Little Fox)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    This book was so sweet I found myself getting a bit misty eyed as I turned the pages. It Will Be Okay teaches children to lean on God when they are afraid. I think it would be a wonderful tool to use in Bible classes or a great gift to any child who is apprehensive about the changes that go on in their lives. I hope to find a copy to share with my own nieces and nephews someday. I highly recommend it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tarah

    I'll admit I was a little iffy when I picked this book to review. Sometimes Christian Children's stories can be....a little cheesy. But the cover did grab my attention with it's cuteness, and it made me wonder why a fox would try to shelter a seed in the rain. Plus, "Trusting God through fear and change" is something I want my children to learn, so...I gave it a try. I'm so glad I did :) This was a super cute book. Super super cute. My kids beg me to read it again and again to them. They didn't s I'll admit I was a little iffy when I picked this book to review. Sometimes Christian Children's stories can be....a little cheesy. But the cover did grab my attention with it's cuteness, and it made me wonder why a fox would try to shelter a seed in the rain. Plus, "Trusting God through fear and change" is something I want my children to learn, so...I gave it a try. I'm so glad I did :) This was a super cute book. Super super cute. My kids beg me to read it again and again to them. They didn't say it in these words, but they basically told me that they liked Little Seed because they could relate to him. He is cozy and comfy where he is, and doesn't want to change anything. My favorite parts (besides the illustration, which is just beautifully done. My kids love it and look at all the details on each page...even my two year old will point and ask me what everything is) were the farmer who is "Good and kind...and always watching over them..." and the part that says, "Little Seed was never supposed to be just a see in a seed packet. And Little Fox was not supposed to be alone and afraid." That really resonated with me. I've been thinking a lot lately about becoming who God wants me to be, so I'm glad to have my children read about this now while they are young and it's probably easier to make the changes that need to be made. It's not cheesy or over done on the religious side. Actually, until the very last page it doesn't mention Heavenly Father at all (I mean, the Farmer is supposed to represent Him, so He's throughout the whole book, but not specifically mentioned by name). This was actually a book that I'd consider giving to others as a gift. Not just younger children either. I think it would make a cute Visiting Teaching gift as well. There is a powerful lesson taught here. Overall I think your kids will enjoy it just as much as all 5 of mine did. I have a range of kids from 9 down to 2, and I enjoyed it as well. * I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a review

  3. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Lysa wrote an imaginative book that explains God’s love and care for us even during the dark and scary times. I really enjoyed seeing how God helps us to grow and He never leaves us nor forsakes us. There are versus listed at the beginning for the young reader to read or memorize that cover some themes such as fear, anxiety, and trust. My four and eight year old both enjoyed the story, and as an adult it was solid encouragement to me also.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Christie Sinicki (Brennan)

    Lillie’s Book Review: “All the stars!” “I like that the seed grew into a tree. I like that it shows you the tree will grow into a nice big tree and it will be good. I would recommend this book to Yay-yay, because she loved reading me the other book that had a fox. If I had to change something, I would make the book less foggy. It was a little hard to see on your phone. Maybe next time we can read it on my tablet.” — Lillie, Age 4

  5. 4 out of 5

    ACS Book-finder

    When I saw that Lysa TerKeurst had written a children’s book about “being afraid,” I was excited to receive a copy because I have read several of her books and enjoyed them. She definitely has a way with words. First, this book is beautifully illustrated and not childish looking even though it is a children’s book. I love the colors and the simplicity. The two main characters: Little Seed & Little Fox are most definitely unlikely companions; but isn’t that how God works from time to time – putting When I saw that Lysa TerKeurst had written a children’s book about “being afraid,” I was excited to receive a copy because I have read several of her books and enjoyed them. She definitely has a way with words. First, this book is beautifully illustrated and not childish looking even though it is a children’s book. I love the colors and the simplicity. The two main characters: Little Seed & Little Fox are most definitely unlikely companions; but isn’t that how God works from time to time – putting unlikely people together to do great things. There is actually a third main character – the Farmer. The Farmer is “behind the scenes,” but you know he’s there. This is a wonderful picture of how God is ever present and all knowing. If we can instill this fact in our children at a very young age, then although they may still be afraid, they can and do know that God is “ever watching over them.” What a gift to our children. The story line is very simple and covers a topic that has been in place almost from the beginning of time – Fear and how do we handle that fear. The book does not say that we will never be without fear, but it reminds us that even through those scary times that we have a Heavenly Father who sees and knows and cares. I also think you can apply this same thought to your children as a Parent – that you are there for them and always will be if the Lord allows; but ultimately they need to trust in God. The author has included 10 scripture verses in the front of the book to memorize with your kids. Scripture memorization is always, always a great reminder of God and His truths and His protection. When we can’t be there to help our children when they are afraid, they can pull scripture from their memories and heart to ease their fear. The verses are well known and a wonderful addition to the story. I easily recommend this book! (reviewed by Paula H.) About the Author: Lysa TerKeurst is the New York Times bestselling author of Made to Crave and Unglued. She isn't shy about admitting what a mess she can be. But she's been learning God's lessons and sharing them on her blog (www.LysaTerKeurst.com) and in her books. Lysa is president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and writes from her sticky farm table in North Carolina where she lives with her husband, Art, five kids, three dogs, and mouse that refuses to leave her kitchen DISCLOSURE: We received a complimentary copy from Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for our review. Opinions expressed are solely our own. No compensation was received for this review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Brandi (Rambles of a SAHM)

    If you are a sappy sentimental momma like me, I would suggest having a box of tissue handy when first reading this book. The story centers around Little Fox, Little Seed, and the Farmer. Little Seed is very content to live in his comfy seed packet in the warm and dry shed. He knows his environment and what to expect day after day. Kind of like you and I in our comfy houses. Little Fox has a nice and cozy den that he lives in but it can be scary when the storms come. On one such stormy day Little If you are a sappy sentimental momma like me, I would suggest having a box of tissue handy when first reading this book. The story centers around Little Fox, Little Seed, and the Farmer. Little Seed is very content to live in his comfy seed packet in the warm and dry shed. He knows his environment and what to expect day after day. Kind of like you and I in our comfy houses. Little Fox has a nice and cozy den that he lives in but it can be scary when the storms come. On one such stormy day Little Fox seeks out the shed for shelter and meets Little Seed. Before you know it they become the very best of friends. All is well until one day the Farmer, who by the way is " always good and always kind" decides it is time to plant the seed. Suddenly Little Seed finds himself in a place he's never been and he's scared. The farmer assures him that he knows what's best and to trust him. Trust is easy in a nice and safe environment, but when the place you find yourself is unknown it can be terrifying. Little Fox doesn't know what has happened to his new friend. Kind of like how we mommas feel when our little one is out of our sight. Is everything okay? Will my little one be safe? But for those of us that trust in the Father, we have the assurance that He is always watching even when we don't realize it. The same can be said about the Farmer in the story. Before long Little Seed began to flourish in his new environment. In fact he eventually grows into a beautiful tree that provides great pleasure for his friend Little Fox. By trusting the Farmer, Little Seed grew to be what he was designed to be. I love the message that this book helps us instill in our kids. When the Father is looking out after you, there is absolutely nothing that escapes His attention. We can trust Him because He is always good and kind and He is watching over us even in the dark and scary places. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Emmaline MacBeath

    Little Seed lives in a seed packet in the farmer's shed. He likes it there. He watches the farmer take seeds often and Little Seed decides when it is his turn, he does not want to go. Little Fox is scared of most things. During a storm, he runs into the farmer's shed for shelter. Fox and Seed become friends. The day finally comes when seed must leave. The farmer plants the seed and promises it will be okay because he is watching over the seed. Fox also watches over the seed until something amazi Little Seed lives in a seed packet in the farmer's shed. He likes it there. He watches the farmer take seeds often and Little Seed decides when it is his turn, he does not want to go. Little Fox is scared of most things. During a storm, he runs into the farmer's shed for shelter. Fox and Seed become friends. The day finally comes when seed must leave. The farmer plants the seed and promises it will be okay because he is watching over the seed. Fox also watches over the seed until something amazing happens. The illustrations are colorful with interesting texture and are enjoyable to look at. First, my difficulty with this story (then I will explain the 4 stars). In the story, the farmer puts Little Seed in a messy dark hole, covers him with the dirt and he becomes scared and lonely. This bothered me for a couple of reasons. First, it is scary watching the farmer put a child in what seems to be a dangerous situation. Secondly, I don't believe this is how God (the farmer) works. I do not believe He purposely puts us in "deep, dark and messy places" for our good. I believe God works with the choices he gave us the free will to make. I think the author could have worked this part of the story a little differently to navigate around this issue. Now to the reason for four stars. Even though the above issue was present, and the story was a bit too wordy, the writing and the illustrating were excellent. The story was a good one and the author kept using reassuring words throughout the story. The farmer was watching over the seed and the fox. It was going to be okay. The friends lifted each other up. This story is an excellent spring board for a discussion you can have with your child about fear. It is advertized for ages 4-8 which is an excellent age range.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlin Garrison

    TerKeurst, L. (2014). It will be okay: Trusting God through fear and change. Nashville, TN: Tommy Nelson. In this heartwarming tale, a newly planted seed and a fidgety fox that was afraid of his own shadow form a special bond as they both experience fear and the discomfort of a new environment. Throughout the story, the unlikely friends learn that even though the “unknowns” of the outside world can be daunting, they can trust they will be okay because the Farmer who was watching over them promise TerKeurst, L. (2014). It will be okay: Trusting God through fear and change. Nashville, TN: Tommy Nelson. In this heartwarming tale, a newly planted seed and a fidgety fox that was afraid of his own shadow form a special bond as they both experience fear and the discomfort of a new environment. Throughout the story, the unlikely friends learn that even though the “unknowns” of the outside world can be daunting, they can trust they will be okay because the Farmer who was watching over them promised he would take care of them and keep them safe. I found this fictitious fable to be surprisingly relatable and even comforting seeing as any kind of change can be intimidating at times—especially for kids going through fluctuations in friendships, schools, within their families and even in themselves. TerKeurst’s usage of repetition of emboldening phrases helped drive home the main message of the book: There is no need to fear change. Additionally, the dual vantage point from the scared seed and the trustworthy Farmer displayed how feelings of fear can be legitimate, however, as the Farmer demonstrated, a positive perspective can vanish the shadows of apprehension. This book would be great for a read aloud in a fourth or fifth grade classroom on the first day of school or at anytime throughout the year when tragedy strikes somewhere in the world. Readers who are fans of Max Lucado’s “You Are Special” would most definitely find this book to be just as encouraging and uplifting. It Will Be Okay has become one of my favorite books because although this book was intended for kids, it is a great reminder to adults that we are so tenderly taken care of by the Great Farmer, just as the seed and fox were.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Linda B

    Things are changing, and Little Seed and Little Fox are having new experiences that frighten them. It Will Be Okay is a beautiful story to teach children to trust God through trying times. The book begins with 10 scripture verses to memorize. The verses chosen are easily taken in shorter sections for younger children. Little Seed is snug in his little packet in the farmer’s shed and when Little Fox seeks shelter there from a storm, he asks Little Seed to be his friend. The story makes the Farmer Things are changing, and Little Seed and Little Fox are having new experiences that frighten them. It Will Be Okay is a beautiful story to teach children to trust God through trying times. The book begins with 10 scripture verses to memorize. The verses chosen are easily taken in shorter sections for younger children. Little Seed is snug in his little packet in the farmer’s shed and when Little Fox seeks shelter there from a storm, he asks Little Seed to be his friend. The story makes the Farmer the kind and loving person looking after them even when they don’t know it. This is repeated several times through the book. That personalizes the trust relationship we have with God and makes that relationship so much easier for children to understand. It is a lighthearted story and I especially liked Little Fox’s adventure trying to find Little Seed and all the places searched. The illustrations by Natalia Moore are beautiful and playful. I highly recommend this book for young children, including non-readers who will delight in the characters. I also recommend it as a gift, for Sunday School classes or for pre-school classes. I received a copy of this book through the BookLook Blogger program in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Becky B

    Little Seed and Little Fox are both afraid of change, but they know that the Farmer is good and kind and always watches over them. So when a big change comes for Little Seed that makes both of them uncomfortable, they trust and wait and soon see that the Framer's plan was good. A parable-like tale for kids that has a very easy to understand message that applies to us, real life changes, and God's plans for us. A cute story with adorable illustrations. Lysa provides memory verses from the Bible re Little Seed and Little Fox are both afraid of change, but they know that the Farmer is good and kind and always watches over them. So when a big change comes for Little Seed that makes both of them uncomfortable, they trust and wait and soon see that the Framer's plan was good. A parable-like tale for kids that has a very easy to understand message that applies to us, real life changes, and God's plans for us. A cute story with adorable illustrations. Lysa provides memory verses from the Bible relating to trust and not worrying in the front. Definitely could be useful for kids going through tough times or who tend to be anxious.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Sweet yet powerful message of truth

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Fox and seed find a friend in each other- one day seed is placed in the ground by the farmer, and both go through a lonely sad time. When the seed grows into a tree, the fox and the tree recognize each other and have a richer friendship. The farmer knew best all along. A modern parable told with cute pictures and kid friendly terms. Literary device: metaphor Lesson: Change is painful, but not so painful as staying the same. Text to text: The three trees Text to world: we can trust God even through Fox and seed find a friend in each other- one day seed is placed in the ground by the farmer, and both go through a lonely sad time. When the seed grows into a tree, the fox and the tree recognize each other and have a richer friendship. The farmer knew best all along. A modern parable told with cute pictures and kid friendly terms. Literary device: metaphor Lesson: Change is painful, but not so painful as staying the same. Text to text: The three trees Text to world: we can trust God even through scary, lonely times.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Gaskins

    This is a wonderful book for a child who is struggling with anything that would inspire fear especially change. I thought of children who are involved in moving, divorces, going to a new school, etc. They do a wonderful job of explaining how, while things can be scary sometimes, God is using it to make our lives better, if we'll just wait it out & trust Him while it's scary. This is a wonderful book for a child who is struggling with anything that would inspire fear especially change. I thought of children who are involved in moving, divorces, going to a new school, etc. They do a wonderful job of explaining how, while things can be scary sometimes, God is using it to make our lives better, if we'll just wait it out & trust Him while it's scary.

  14. 4 out of 5

    ~*mandy*~

    The good Farmer My 3 year old repeatedly asks, begs, and whines for me to read this book! We love it

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer R Hamm

    Cute Nice message. My kids, 2-6 year olds, all were captivated. Nice illustrations and the theme will be memorable. Fun and enjoyable book!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nikol

    Got this book at the ALA conference, it's a cute kids book about trusting God. Got this book at the ALA conference, it's a cute kids book about trusting God.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa R.

    Love, love, love this children's book. An excellent, powerful message. Great reminder for adults too! Love, love, love this children's book. An excellent, powerful message. Great reminder for adults too!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Monique

    TerKeurst is an amazing writer. The story of the little fox and the little seed is a great way to help your children learn about their relationship with God.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    It was adorable and relatable.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Karen Gibson

    Mentor Text for Trust

  21. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    A beautiful story, that touched my heart just as much, if not more than my daughters' A beautiful story, that touched my heart just as much, if not more than my daughters'

  22. 5 out of 5

    Robbin

    I usually don't write reviews on all of the children's books I read with my niece. However, we loved this one so much that I felt it was necessary. After an unfortunate incident at my niece's school she was left with a lot of fear about different things. This was the perfect book to break things down for children and a great conversation starter between you and your child about fear. There were parts towards the end that made me cry (I'm emotional and I can't help it) but there was such a genuin I usually don't write reviews on all of the children's books I read with my niece. However, we loved this one so much that I felt it was necessary. After an unfortunate incident at my niece's school she was left with a lot of fear about different things. This was the perfect book to break things down for children and a great conversation starter between you and your child about fear. There were parts towards the end that made me cry (I'm emotional and I can't help it) but there was such a genuine sweetness in this book it touches your heart. I would definitely recommend this!!!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Juanita

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers [Harpercollins Publishers] book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” _140_245_Book.1440.coverIt Will be Okay: Trusting God Through Fear and Change (Lit Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers [Harpercollins Publishers] book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” _140_245_Book.1440.coverIt Will be Okay: Trusting God Through Fear and Change (Little Seed & Little Fox) by Lysa TerKeurst Illustrations by Natalia Moore In the end, it will be okay because God is always with us. Whether we like it or not, growing up brings change. For many children, this conjures fears that are sometimes real and sometimes imagined. How can kids learn that even when they face new and unfamiliar situations, they don’t have to be afraid? Little Seed and Little Fox are facing changes and brand new circumstances-and they don’t like it one bit! Through this unlikely friendship, children will discover that no matter how new or fearful their circumstances, God is always with them. The whimsical art by Natalia Moore will put a smile on kids’ faces and put their minds at ease. Just as Little Seed and Little Fox learn to trust that the Farmer is good and kind, children will also learn to trust God. Written by New York Times bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst, It Will Be Okay will help kids discover that the end, it really will be okay because we have a God who is good and kind and always with us. About the Author Lysa TerKeurst is the New York Times bestselling author of Made to Crave and Unglued. She isn’t shy about admitting what a mess she can be. But she’s been learning God’s lessons and sharing them on her blog (www.LysaTerKeurst.com) and in her books. Lysa is president of Proverbs 31 Ministries and writes from her sticky farm table in North Carolina where she lives with her husband, Art, five kids, three dogs, and mouse that refuses to leave her kitchen It Will Be Okay is a children’s book, recommended for ages 4-8, which tells of the relationship between a fox, a seed, and a good farmer. The seed is afraid to leave the comfort of the seed packet, the fox is afraid of being alone in the dark, and the good farmer watches over them, even when they do not realize he is watching them. The seed and fox represent us when we are afraid and worrying. The good and kind farmer represents God and how he takes care of us, knowing what is best for us (even when we do not realize it). I loved It Will Be Okay! What an excellent story and lesson! The illustrations were very well done with lots of color, realism, and imagination. The story itself was wonderful and really taught the lessons of change, not to worry or be afraid, and trust. The beginning of the book starts off with Bible verses to memorize, relating to the story’s content. I highly recommend It Will Be Okay to all ages!!!

  24. 5 out of 5

    JC

    Great read Read it to my kids as a bedtime story and, they seem to understand the message that the author has written. No matter what changes come our way, it will be ok at the end.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Dulaney

    Lisa TerKeurst teams up with mixed media/graphic artist Natalia Moore to bring children a picture book full of reassurance that they can trust in God to have a plan for their lives. For older readers, parents and teachers can use TerKeurst's metaphor of God being the kind farmer with a plan for each and every seed in his shed to teach a variety of literary devices. Opportunities for vocabulary development abound with the author's use of great descriptive passages, the passing of seasons, and the Lisa TerKeurst teams up with mixed media/graphic artist Natalia Moore to bring children a picture book full of reassurance that they can trust in God to have a plan for their lives. For older readers, parents and teachers can use TerKeurst's metaphor of God being the kind farmer with a plan for each and every seed in his shed to teach a variety of literary devices. Opportunities for vocabulary development abound with the author's use of great descriptive passages, the passing of seasons, and the sprouting of a tiny seed into a mighty tree. All in all, this is a great choice for parents and for all libraries, private, public and school!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    My son loves this book. He was constantly checking it out via our church library, so we finally purchased his own copy for Christmas. It has a great message about trusting God, even in the tough times and has opened the door for many different conversations about kindness, trust, friendship, love and God.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rosemond Cates

    LOVE!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    A sweet Christian children's book. She suggests memorizing 10 scriptures from the Bible about trusting God that I have decided to memorize this coming year. A sweet Christian children's book. She suggests memorizing 10 scriptures from the Bible about trusting God that I have decided to memorize this coming year.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    I really liked it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  30. 4 out of 5

    Trish

    I liked the message of this book. It is geared for kids 4 and older.

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