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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Is God My Imaginary Friend? is an educational Christian storybook for children written by C.C. Strachan and illustrated by Chernelle Walkes. Strachan presents a dialogue between a father and his children about God, and the importance of speaking to Him and making Him a part of their lives. The little boy wonders why he should try to speak with Jesus as he’s not there, not like his teddy bear or his other toys. In answer, the father uses a look at our five senses to explain how to approach one’s faith in God. He discusses how we use the sense of touch to feel things and the ability to smell to smell both good things and bad ones, like stinky socks. The sense of taste comes into play when one enjoys a bowl of ice cream. When you make a loud noise, your ears hear it, not your toes or your sense of smell. Then there are things that we cannot see, yet know are real -- like air, which we breathe to live and which birds fly through -- and music which cannot be seen but we know is real. Children can thus begin to understand the presence of God as one of those things which one knows is real, even if it can’t be detected by the five senses.
C.C. Strachan’s educational Christian storybook for children, Is God My Imaginary Friend?, is an excellent tool for parents to work with their children when the inevitable questions about God, faith and prayers arise. The author sets out clear definitions of things we can and can’t sense, and she demonstrates how even those things we can’t sense are still real. The illustrations provided by Chernelle Walkes, who is the author’s niece, are marvelous! Her drawings are brightly colored and perfectly fit the message of the panels. My favorite illustration would have to be the bees and beehives, but each one of them is inspiring, particularly with regard to the artist’s use of perception and depth. Parents get asked lots of questions, and some are just about impossible to answer; however, Strachan’s storybook does an admirable job of explaining faith and God in a story filled with whimsy, humor and devotion. Is God My Imaginary Friend? is highly recommended.