Saint Tamika and Josh: My Journey Home


Children - Religious Theme
24 Pages
Reviewed on 05/05/2018
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Reviewed by Barbara Fanson for Readers' Favorite

Saint Tamika and Josh: My Journey Home features Saint Tamika and Josh in a short story of life after death, which comforts and convinces us that there is nothing to fear. The series of books was created with children in mind, but parents will find them interesting, too. Author Bidenia Hudson describes the journey after death, reassuring us that there is room for everyone in the vast, well-lit God’s Holy City. Her inspiring words are comforting, descriptive, and provide consolation to those who may be experiencing a loss or people who just want to know more of life beyond. Saint Tamika and Josh: My Journey Home provides a deeper understanding and thought-provoking perspectives that many will find interesting. What do you think you will experience? I think the only thing I will take on my next journey are the memories of the wonderful people I have met, the exciting adventures I have had, and the many blessings I have felt.

Saint Tamika and Josh: My Journey Home may be especially helpful after losing a family member or pet to help children and their parents understand the journey beyond their earthly existence. Author Bidenia Hudson paints a beautiful picture with words and provides comforting thoughts about the continuing journey. Children and their parents may choose to read this book together and to share their thoughts on the topic. This book is a thought-provoking interpretation that will introduce discussion and opinions amongst family members and friends. But, it’s not just for children; adults too will find the book interesting and intriguing. Visual branding specialist Lauren Varlack provides pencil crayon illustrations to help visualize the story. What is your interpretation?

Jack Magnus

Saint Tamika and Josh: My Journey Home is a religious story book for Christian children, written by Bidenia Hudson and illustrated by Lauren Varlack. Josh and his friends always enjoyed seeing Saint Tamika when she came down from heaven to visit them. It had been some time since her last visit, so the children looked a bit older than they had been before. Saint Tamika had promised to tell them a special story when she came back, and now that she was there again with them, she began her story. She was 85 years old when Jesus brought her home to the heavenly city. Tamika had gone to sleep that night thinking about the next day’s visit with her friend, Anne, but when she woke up, she was astounded by her transformation. Tamika wasn’t old anymore, and her body didn’t have its aches and pains anymore either. She could see perfectly clearly without her glasses, but that was just the beginning. Her voyage to the heavenly city was the most amazing thing she had ever experienced.

Bidenia Hudson’s religious story book for Christian children, Saint Tamika and Josh: My Journey Home, introduces biblical references to the afterlife to children in a compelling tale about an elderly woman who is reborn. Varlack’s illustrations work quite well to make Hudson’s story come alive for young readers. I especially enjoyed the pictures of the heavenly city and the images of those who lived there rejoicing. This story affirms the Christian concepts of the power of prayer and the importance of believing in Christ as your savior. Saint Tamika and Josh: My Journey Home is recommended for parents and caregivers who want to introduce the subject of the afterlife to their children, particularly when they’re struggling to understand the loss of a grandparent or other loved one.

Jessyca Garcia

Saint Tamika and Josh: My Journey Home by Bidenia Hudson is an interesting book. The story tells about when you die and how you travel to Heaven. It explains how the angels assist you in the journey. I had mixed feelings about Saint Tamika and Josh: My Journey Home. There were things I liked and things that could have been a little better explained. Hudson wrote it as a children’s book. I read it to my 6-year-old, but she had a little trouble following it. I understand the way that it is written encourages children to ask questions, but my daughter did not understand it. She could not understand how fire does not hurt if you touch it. However, she did enjoy the illustrations.

I would recommend this book for children who are a little older. I liked the message that Hudson was trying to convey and found it very interesting that she had a vision of how Heaven looks. I also liked how the book makes the subject of Heaven a little more understandable. Hudson also includes actual Bible verses which are peppered throughout her story. The thing I did not enjoy was that when I first started reading the story, I felt as if I was missing out on something. Almost as if there was a book written before this one that contained the rest of the story. It was not until later in the book that I understood what had happened to make Tamika journey to Heaven. Overall, this is a good book.