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A deeply compelling collection of poems about God and our everyday world from a Newbery medalist. Cynthia Rylant takes teens on an invigorating spiritual journey as she explores what God's life on Earth might be like. Rylant's reflective and often humorous verse follows God as he tries out human activities such as getting a dog, writing a fan letter, and making spaghetti. Go A deeply compelling collection of poems about God and our everyday world from a Newbery medalist. Cynthia Rylant takes teens on an invigorating spiritual journey as she explores what God's life on Earth might be like. Rylant's reflective and often humorous verse follows God as he tries out human activities such as getting a dog, writing a fan letter, and making spaghetti. God Went to Beauty School combines the awesome with the everyday in an accessible, thought-provoking, and intelligent manner.


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A deeply compelling collection of poems about God and our everyday world from a Newbery medalist. Cynthia Rylant takes teens on an invigorating spiritual journey as she explores what God's life on Earth might be like. Rylant's reflective and often humorous verse follows God as he tries out human activities such as getting a dog, writing a fan letter, and making spaghetti. Go A deeply compelling collection of poems about God and our everyday world from a Newbery medalist. Cynthia Rylant takes teens on an invigorating spiritual journey as she explores what God's life on Earth might be like. Rylant's reflective and often humorous verse follows God as he tries out human activities such as getting a dog, writing a fan letter, and making spaghetti. God Went to Beauty School combines the awesome with the everyday in an accessible, thought-provoking, and intelligent manner.

30 review for God Went to Beauty School

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lexie Wall

    As I was reading this book, I could tell that it was leading somewhere. There's alot of metaphors written about that really helps you understand what Cynthia Rylant is trying to say. By the time I finished this book, which didn't take too long considering it was a quick read, I was in tears. It really touched my heart and soul. It helped me grasp the idea that what God did, changed it all. Throughout this entire book, it's telling us of all the things that God did...as metaphors. Like going to b As I was reading this book, I could tell that it was leading somewhere. There's alot of metaphors written about that really helps you understand what Cynthia Rylant is trying to say. By the time I finished this book, which didn't take too long considering it was a quick read, I was in tears. It really touched my heart and soul. It helped me grasp the idea that what God did, changed it all. Throughout this entire book, it's telling us of all the things that God did...as metaphors. Like going to beauty school, and getting a dog, and climbing a mountain, and cooking spaghetti, and things like that that make us human. However in this case, by the end of the book, we realize what the whole point of this story is. It's to tell us that Jesus went through all of this, lived on this world and experienced all the kinds of things we as humans go through so that He can relate to us. So that He can say, I went through exactly what you did; I experienced the good and bad parts of this world, and I died for you! It's such a touching analogy and it really opens up the mind to accepting what God did for us. I highly recommend this short little story to everyone. And I guarantee that you will appreciate Cynthia Rylant's amazing writing of our amazing God.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lisa RV

    I really enjoyed this. It's light & yet thought-provoking at the same time. Read it slow to let each poem settle into your unconscious. It made me appreciate the "little things in life". I really enjoyed this. It's light & yet thought-provoking at the same time. Read it slow to let each poem settle into your unconscious. It made me appreciate the "little things in life".

  3. 4 out of 5

    Arminzerella

    This is a collection of poetry that flows like a stream of consciousness. Some people have criticized it for being "irreverent," but I feel like it encompasses everything that's heart-breakingly beautiful about "God's creation(s)." It shows a God who loves everything He made, who has been misunderstood by His creation in some ways. This is a gentle, loving, introspective God. Chapters/titles include: God went to beauty school, God got a dog, God got in a boat, God bought a couch (from the potter This is a collection of poetry that flows like a stream of consciousness. Some people have criticized it for being "irreverent," but I feel like it encompasses everything that's heart-breakingly beautiful about "God's creation(s)." It shows a God who loves everything He made, who has been misunderstood by His creation in some ways. This is a gentle, loving, introspective God. Chapters/titles include: God went to beauty school, God got a dog, God got in a boat, God bought a couch (from the pottery barn), God made spaghetti, God went to the doctor, God got arrested, God woke up, God took a bath, God went rollerblading, God caught a cold, God saw a movie, God wrote a book, God got cable, God found God, God climbed a mountain, God is a girl, God has a cousin, God got a desk job, God found some fudge, God wrote a fan letter, God went to India, God died. You can read this in about a half an hour. It will make you smile, and laugh, and see yourself in God's image, or maybe God's self in your image. If you're me, you'll cry, too. The thing that caught me most this time was in God went to India...to see the elephants because they are the best thing He ever made: "They mourn. God understands mourning better than any other emotion, better even than love. Because He has lost everything He has ever made."

  4. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Hmmm...I guess what you think of this book depends on how seriously you want to take it. First, I completely agree you can't read this w/o singing "What If God Was One Of Us?" - it gets stuck in your head on repeat. (What ever happened to Joan Osborne, BTW? Why do we not ever hear from her but we're still blessed with Jewel? Anyway...) Yes, there are some biblical inaccuracies here, but they are not serious and this is a children's book that should be allowed some poetic license, I guess. Obviou Hmmm...I guess what you think of this book depends on how seriously you want to take it. First, I completely agree you can't read this w/o singing "What If God Was One Of Us?" - it gets stuck in your head on repeat. (What ever happened to Joan Osborne, BTW? Why do we not ever hear from her but we're still blessed with Jewel? Anyway...) Yes, there are some biblical inaccuracies here, but they are not serious and this is a children's book that should be allowed some poetic license, I guess. Obviously it is about God deciding to take a break and become human for a while. The book is broken into free verse poems concerning things such as God buying a couch or riding in a boat for the first time. When God tries to make fudge, he accidentally makes Neptune. So, you see, it's cute, it's silly, it's definitely not too deep- when the reader is given a larger life issue to contemplate, it's in an almost warm, fuzzy manner. Most importantly to my students, it's an extremely quick and easy read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Wow. Wow wow wow. Two-time Newberry medalist Cynthia Rylant's God Went to Beauty School is a collection of short poems from the perspective of God--a very, very human God. In the poems, God goes rollerblading, takes a bath, gets arrested, comes down with a cold, and even--wonder of wonders--"finds God." I read the entire thing out loud to my partner in under half an hour, during which (this is slightly embarrassing) I laughed and cried--twice. Totally brilliant and beautiful and funny and bitter Wow. Wow wow wow. Two-time Newberry medalist Cynthia Rylant's God Went to Beauty School is a collection of short poems from the perspective of God--a very, very human God. In the poems, God goes rollerblading, takes a bath, gets arrested, comes down with a cold, and even--wonder of wonders--"finds God." I read the entire thing out loud to my partner in under half an hour, during which (this is slightly embarrassing) I laughed and cried--twice. Totally brilliant and beautiful and funny and bittersweet. Recommended for: people who like Jesus Christ Superstar; Unitarian Universalists, Quakers, members of the United Church of Christ, and other spiritual folk open to creative interpretations of God; people who are sad and need to read something to give them some comfort.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Randy

    Each poem presents God engaged in something amusingly mundane, such as buying a couch from Pottery Barn, making spaghetti, or rollerblading. In a simple and subdued voice, Rylent presents a deity, just beyond effable, who loves yet is filled with sadness and loneliness. Progressively losing levity, the poems arrive at humanity’s willingness to kill one another as the source of the heartbreak that permeates all God does.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jaye

    i was left feeling a little uncomfortable, but I don't know why. yet. i re-read some and felt good about a lot of it, so it evened out i guess. my favorite from the book: GOD CLIMBED A MOUNTAIN And not just any mountain. Mount Everest. And you know why? BECAUSE IT WAS THERE. He was tired of hearing about it - He decided just to go do it. And He did. It was terrible. It was awful. He'd never been so cold. He'd never been so tired. He hated snow. And it was like that all the way to the top. Then at i was left feeling a little uncomfortable, but I don't know why. yet. i re-read some and felt good about a lot of it, so it evened out i guess. my favorite from the book: GOD CLIMBED A MOUNTAIN And not just any mountain. Mount Everest. And you know why? BECAUSE IT WAS THERE. He was tired of hearing about it - He decided just to go do it. And He did. It was terrible. It was awful. He'd never been so cold. He'd never been so tired. He hated snow. And it was like that all the way to the top. Then at the top He turned around and His heart just broke. Suddenly the whole world was plain as day, and still. It was so still. "Should've put everybody on top of Mount Everest," God thought. Nobody'd want to hit the guy next to him on top of Mount Everest. "Next time," thought God. Next time.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    A breath of fresh air, "God Went to Beauty School" is an intelligent and honest book of poetry from God's perspective as he's experiencing the world he created. He wears a human disguise to step in and just live in the world He created as though He's never seen it before. He embarks on several very ordinary adventures, such as going to beauty school to learn how to do a perm and instead loving doing nails because he was really proud of making hands, calling up Mother Teresa because he was lonely A breath of fresh air, "God Went to Beauty School" is an intelligent and honest book of poetry from God's perspective as he's experiencing the world he created. He wears a human disguise to step in and just live in the world He created as though He's never seen it before. He embarks on several very ordinary adventures, such as going to beauty school to learn how to do a perm and instead loving doing nails because he was really proud of making hands, calling up Mother Teresa because he was lonely and wanted her to bring him a comic book, going to visit the elephants, trying to figure out how He had made Cain devoid of love if love was His bones, His veins, going to Boston and finding a holy place, smoking a cigar, and dying, just to do it. Beautiful book. Beautiful. Definitely one of my favorites.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    What would happen if God found out what it was like to live like the rest of us? If He got a desk job? These short, thoughtful, irreverent poems, are the Pringles of poetry – enticing teens to read, write and think about poetry, with an alternate view about God, but which are great discussion openers. A lot more than meets the eye but which might be inappropriate in some libraries because of the initial irreverance.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

    Sweet, funny, fast and thought provoking.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    This was a quick and enjoyable read. I was laughing throughout the entire thing. I wish I had read this in religious education class so we could have discussed it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Christy Baker

    A short collection of related poems that place God at the center of trying human experiences, but with an awareness of the whole universe, this collection was amusing, insightful, and found the sacred in the ordinary. I enjoyed the response of surprise and fresh way of looking at a manicure, the beauty of hands or the disappointment at what it means to realize people may deal with pain in killing one another and being baffled by that. This is a God who has the curiosity of a child who looks with A short collection of related poems that place God at the center of trying human experiences, but with an awareness of the whole universe, this collection was amusing, insightful, and found the sacred in the ordinary. I enjoyed the response of surprise and fresh way of looking at a manicure, the beauty of hands or the disappointment at what it means to realize people may deal with pain in killing one another and being baffled by that. This is a God who has the curiosity of a child who looks with wonder and the wisdom of the ages all in one. A new to me poet, I'll seek out more of Rylant's work.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Katy

    Cynthia Rylant wrote 56 pages of poetry celebrating God, the world He created, and the majesty found in simple things. While I liked the concept, God being curious of the world He created and so decides to explore it, others might not be too happy about it. I am grounded in my faith, and I still believe in the faith and awe of God. Some of the things Rylant uses in her writings: God went to beauty school and learned how to give a good perm. God discovered a stray dog by the railroad tracks, realize Cynthia Rylant wrote 56 pages of poetry celebrating God, the world He created, and the majesty found in simple things. While I liked the concept, God being curious of the world He created and so decides to explore it, others might not be too happy about it. I am grounded in my faith, and I still believe in the faith and awe of God. Some of the things Rylant uses in her writings: God went to beauty school and learned how to give a good perm. God discovered a stray dog by the railroad tracks, realized somehow He created it while feeling bad about the dog being cold and hungry, so he adopted it and named him Ernie. When God rode in a boat, the whole world looked different--not like it does from the sky or the ground or the inside of a whale--and he says, "Wow!" God likes spaghetti, but no one ever invites him over unless it's Holy Communion. Just a sample of what Rylant writes---God is compassionate, God is amazing and still amazed with what and whom He created, and God wants to be a part of our lives. My favorite part (which was hard to choose) When God had a cold and went to the doctor, the doctor told him to pay attention to the skip in His heart. "He knew about that/skip in his heart./He knew it was nothing/fish could cure./That skip started way back,/when He first heard/ that some people/ didn't believe in Him. / It scared Him. Still does. And it scares me as well.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Danylle DuPris

    I thought this book was okay. At first when you look at the title you think it will be all about God going to beauty school, but it's not. It talks about what God all created and how he acts. The book explains how he is actually among us, living as different people day by day. The lesson to this book explained that if you love something, let it go, if it was meant to be it will come back. I personally wouldn't read this book again because of the fact that I don't really like reading about religi I thought this book was okay. At first when you look at the title you think it will be all about God going to beauty school, but it's not. It talks about what God all created and how he acts. The book explains how he is actually among us, living as different people day by day. The lesson to this book explained that if you love something, let it go, if it was meant to be it will come back. I personally wouldn't read this book again because of the fact that I don't really like reading about religious aspects. I do recommend "God Went to Beauty School" to anyone who loves to read about God or religious.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jeffrey

    Wow, I am not sure what to say about this book. I guess, I should first start with the fact that I am a relatively orthodox evangelical Christian, and as such, my deeply held theological perspectives do not align with Rylant's God Went to Beauty School. That notwithstanding, Cynthia Rylant can throw together some compelling verse. I found this little book (It took me 20 minutes to read it.) both compelling and touching. There are portions of the book that make me cringe from a theological perspe Wow, I am not sure what to say about this book. I guess, I should first start with the fact that I am a relatively orthodox evangelical Christian, and as such, my deeply held theological perspectives do not align with Rylant's God Went to Beauty School. That notwithstanding, Cynthia Rylant can throw together some compelling verse. I found this little book (It took me 20 minutes to read it.) both compelling and touching. There are portions of the book that make me cringe from a theological perspective, but I still loved it. The poems about God going to beauty school and God getting arrested particularly caught my attention. These poems are simple, humorous, and often lovely.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kerry

    I read this in one sitting last night. I really enjoyed it. I found it funny and thought-provoking. I will read it again more slowly before I have to return it to the library and will most likely pick up my own copy. In the past, I have been exposed to Rylant's work for younger children such as the Henry and Mudge books and one of my all-time favorites The Bookshop Dog. I am looking forward to exploring more of her books for older readers. I think that this book would make a great discussion pie I read this in one sitting last night. I really enjoyed it. I found it funny and thought-provoking. I will read it again more slowly before I have to return it to the library and will most likely pick up my own copy. In the past, I have been exposed to Rylant's work for younger children such as the Henry and Mudge books and one of my all-time favorites The Bookshop Dog. I am looking forward to exploring more of her books for older readers. I think that this book would make a great discussion piece among friends or book groups.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Hoskins

    Rylant's poems feature a bare bones-style that is funny, wise, and profound. "...So God went back to being God, finally comfortable with being called All-Knowing because now He actually was. And after that, He made sure He ate popcorn and watched a movie every Friday night. Petted the cats. Fed the birds. And played the jukebox at Kenny's Tavern. God needed to remember what a cool thing it was to be a guy. Or a girl. An eagle. A pig. To be life. God went to beauty school. He went there to learn how to give a good perm. B Rylant's poems feature a bare bones-style that is funny, wise, and profound. "...So God went back to being God, finally comfortable with being called All-Knowing because now He actually was. And after that, He made sure He ate popcorn and watched a movie every Friday night. Petted the cats. Fed the birds. And played the jukebox at Kenny's Tavern. God needed to remember what a cool thing it was to be a guy. Or a girl. An eagle. A pig. To be life. God went to beauty school. He went there to learn how to give a good perm. But what He was really there for was the hands."

  18. 5 out of 5

    Shanleigh

    Now, I consider myself a religiously neutral character. I don't subscribe to a religion and I don't believe in any particular deity. Believe whatever you want, I say. So long as you don't impose/force your religion on me, we are peachy keen. But this book! Rylant, you sly fox! This book (of poetry) is hilarious! I love me a good satire, and this is a DAMN good satire! Yes, there are those who see this as faith confirming, and that is great. But I see it as satirical, and I love it. Religious or not Now, I consider myself a religiously neutral character. I don't subscribe to a religion and I don't believe in any particular deity. Believe whatever you want, I say. So long as you don't impose/force your religion on me, we are peachy keen. But this book! Rylant, you sly fox! This book (of poetry) is hilarious! I love me a good satire, and this is a DAMN good satire! Yes, there are those who see this as faith confirming, and that is great. But I see it as satirical, and I love it. Religious or not, you cannot deny how brilliant this little book is. Thanks Cynthia!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Vivian

    Thank you Cynthia Rylant for your free-verse tribute to God's love for us. I found myself returning that love to HIM through your depictions of His understanding and involvement in our every day lives. I love the humor. I feel the depth. This is a MUST SHARE book. If there's anyone in the room with you when you're reading it, they will find themselves a captive audience, with you reading aloud these delightful passages. Hint: don't get hung up thinking it's disrespectful or irreverent. If you thi Thank you Cynthia Rylant for your free-verse tribute to God's love for us. I found myself returning that love to HIM through your depictions of His understanding and involvement in our every day lives. I love the humor. I feel the depth. This is a MUST SHARE book. If there's anyone in the room with you when you're reading it, they will find themselves a captive audience, with you reading aloud these delightful passages. Hint: don't get hung up thinking it's disrespectful or irreverent. If you think it is, it is. If you don't, you have a little journey to enjoy.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    God decided to see what it was like to live as his creation, so he went to beauty school but discovered that really, he liked hands best so he decided to open a nail salon. God also orders a couch, gets cable, adopts a stray dog, and does many other “normal” things, but not so normal for the creator of the Universe. This slim volume exploring God’s celebration of humanity will make you smile, chuckle, and even swipe at an occasional tear. Not didactic, blasphemous, or preachy. Just good, creativ God decided to see what it was like to live as his creation, so he went to beauty school but discovered that really, he liked hands best so he decided to open a nail salon. God also orders a couch, gets cable, adopts a stray dog, and does many other “normal” things, but not so normal for the creator of the Universe. This slim volume exploring God’s celebration of humanity will make you smile, chuckle, and even swipe at an occasional tear. Not didactic, blasphemous, or preachy. Just good, creative fun.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    Some would be offended by these as irreverent, but who of us can really know the mind of God? It starts with a poem about hands, and ends with another reference to hands, that I think refer to the nailed hands of Jesus. I had many favorite lines that made me smile or frown: God Wrote a Book: "a sure way to get out of revising" God Got a Cold: "Thou shall dot" God Wrote a Fan Letter: "Dear God, I pray you will get a life." God Went to India: "God understands mourning..." Now on to the newly published Some would be offended by these as irreverent, but who of us can really know the mind of God? It starts with a poem about hands, and ends with another reference to hands, that I think refer to the nailed hands of Jesus. I had many favorite lines that made me smile or frown: God Wrote a Book: "a sure way to get out of revising" God Got a Cold: "Thou shall dot" God Wrote a Fan Letter: "Dear God, I pray you will get a life." God Went to India: "God understands mourning..." Now on to the newly published & illustrated version, 'God Got a Dog"...

  22. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    What's not to like? Uncomplicated poems that link together a story of a God who is all too human. Cynthia Rylant brings to life a God that had always lived in my head. A God who tries human activities, has a sense of humor and an interest in what he has created. Is it theologically correct? Mostly not. But that is what's so fun about it. My two favorites are the title poem, 'God Went to Beauty School' and, 'God Went to India.' I Love it. And if you don't, that's okay. But Cynthia Rylant is a her What's not to like? Uncomplicated poems that link together a story of a God who is all too human. Cynthia Rylant brings to life a God that had always lived in my head. A God who tries human activities, has a sense of humor and an interest in what he has created. Is it theologically correct? Mostly not. But that is what's so fun about it. My two favorites are the title poem, 'God Went to Beauty School' and, 'God Went to India.' I Love it. And if you don't, that's okay. But Cynthia Rylant is a hero for sharing her vision of God with readers like me.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    I found this book at Blue Willow Books in Houston while I was visiting a friend. Actually, I found an illustrated version of this book and decided to order a plain text version for cheaper on Amazon. Sorry, Blue Willow! I bought other books from you! Ha. Anyway, this collection rocked my socks off, even though I felt a little blasphemous enjoying it so much. I shared some samples with my creative writing students, and they wrote some of their own, including "God Orders Some Pizza" and "God Went t I found this book at Blue Willow Books in Houston while I was visiting a friend. Actually, I found an illustrated version of this book and decided to order a plain text version for cheaper on Amazon. Sorry, Blue Willow! I bought other books from you! Ha. Anyway, this collection rocked my socks off, even though I felt a little blasphemous enjoying it so much. I shared some samples with my creative writing students, and they wrote some of their own, including "God Orders Some Pizza" and "God Went to the Club."

  24. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    This is an amazing book of poems; whimsical, funny, and a little sad, it will make you laugh and smile. My personal favorites are "God got in a Boat" and "God went to Beauty School." For those that absolutely hate religion for whatever reason, these poems aren't "religious;" they take God and put him in everyday situations, like eating dinner and getting a dog. They make you think without really challenging you. Fun, amazing, and a quick read. This is an amazing book of poems; whimsical, funny, and a little sad, it will make you laugh and smile. My personal favorites are "God got in a Boat" and "God went to Beauty School." For those that absolutely hate religion for whatever reason, these poems aren't "religious;" they take God and put him in everyday situations, like eating dinner and getting a dog. They make you think without really challenging you. Fun, amazing, and a quick read.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Brooxie

    Such a cute book!! I loved it! It literally took less than 15 minutes to read the first time. It is a series of poems about what it would be like if God did normal things like make spaghetti, get a dog, get cable, get arrested, etc! It would be a 5 if EVERY poem didn't refer to go as a he. The only poem that said God was also a she was still sexist! But, it is definitely on my mental list of books to read with my kids one day! Such a cute book!! I loved it! It literally took less than 15 minutes to read the first time. It is a series of poems about what it would be like if God did normal things like make spaghetti, get a dog, get cable, get arrested, etc! It would be a 5 if EVERY poem didn't refer to go as a he. The only poem that said God was also a she was still sexist! But, it is definitely on my mental list of books to read with my kids one day!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    I just read this book last night in about 15 minutes. Other than the fact that many of the things about God are not quite right (but many are), it's a super cute read. It's in free verse poetry format and has a great flow. I would love to use it in my classroom but I'm not sure that the content is kosher (if you will) for 8th and 9th grades in a Mormon-dominated community. If any of you read it, let me know what you think about that. It's really a delightful little read. I just read this book last night in about 15 minutes. Other than the fact that many of the things about God are not quite right (but many are), it's a super cute read. It's in free verse poetry format and has a great flow. I would love to use it in my classroom but I'm not sure that the content is kosher (if you will) for 8th and 9th grades in a Mormon-dominated community. If any of you read it, let me know what you think about that. It's really a delightful little read.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Poems about God that manage to be both iconoclastic and reverent. God goes to beauty school, gets a dog, buys a couch from Pottery Barn, and wonders how the world as it is came into being from all that is in Him. I’m not religious, but I liked these poems sort of because of that; this is not the God of hatred and religious wars, but a very human God, very simply expressed. The poems are often funny, but all have a more complex kernel to ponder. I like that.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Adrienne

    This short novel-in-verse takes a look at what God might do if He were to live on earth and what His motivations for those actions might be. God's adventures include getting a dog, making spaghetti, and rollerblading. Although some might not like this book for its of lack any sort of doctrinal base, the chance to think about what makes God tick is too good to pass up. A very thought-provoking look at what it would feel like to be God. This short novel-in-verse takes a look at what God might do if He were to live on earth and what His motivations for those actions might be. God's adventures include getting a dog, making spaghetti, and rollerblading. Although some might not like this book for its of lack any sort of doctrinal base, the chance to think about what makes God tick is too good to pass up. A very thought-provoking look at what it would feel like to be God.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ana

    An absolutely brilliant idea that blossomed into beautifully-written poems about what a day in the life of God would be like should He decide to spend a day amongst us, trying out different jobs and observing the world through the eyes of us humans. It reminded me of one of my favorite poems by Kathleen Norris entitled "Excerpts from the Angel Handbook" where an angel is given instructions on how to interact with and thrive in a world of humans. An absolutely brilliant idea that blossomed into beautifully-written poems about what a day in the life of God would be like should He decide to spend a day amongst us, trying out different jobs and observing the world through the eyes of us humans. It reminded me of one of my favorite poems by Kathleen Norris entitled "Excerpts from the Angel Handbook" where an angel is given instructions on how to interact with and thrive in a world of humans.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    This is a short collection of simple poems that are linked together and follow a central theme of God being involved in the everydayness of humanity. It's not the most theologically sound and I didn't take it super seriously, but it does highlight a quality of a God who is interested in us individually and finds each of us and all of his creation very beautiful. It also shows a God who has emotion and grieves very, very deeply with all of humanity as well. This is a short collection of simple poems that are linked together and follow a central theme of God being involved in the everydayness of humanity. It's not the most theologically sound and I didn't take it super seriously, but it does highlight a quality of a God who is interested in us individually and finds each of us and all of his creation very beautiful. It also shows a God who has emotion and grieves very, very deeply with all of humanity as well.

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