Your Magnificent Chooser

John Ortberg (Author) | Robert Dunn (Illustrator)


We all have choices to make every day, even the youngest children. The choices we make play a large part in forming who we grow to be as adults. For kids, those choices can include whether to be obedient or disobedient, to share or be selfish, to have a good attitude or not, and more. John Ortberg addresses the ability to choose in a whimsical way by inviting children to use their “magnificent chooser” that God gave them to make right choices daily. Parents will love reading this book to their kids, and kids will enjoy the content while learning lessons that will stay with them throughout their lives.

*****

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I picked this book up based on the cover. It’s so whimsical and lovely–the artwork is just adorable–and that hairy purple balloon thing piqued my interest. The cover overall is nicely designed. Of course … as usual, I’d like the title to be bigger.

Illustrations

Fantastic artwork throughout. Each page is full of action and life, and the little “chooser” balloons have so much personality. Page layout is excellent, though I really don’t know why picture books need page numbers.

Text

I like the idea overall, but I found this book to be rather confusing–and the depiction of “choosers” as fuzzy balloons just added to that confusion. The book is designed to teach kids about free will, and their ability to choose their own actions. For example:

We can choose to make up;
We can choose to be sweet.
For our Choosers can order
Our hands and our feet.

In the end, I do recommend this book. Just be prepared for some discussion, as clarity has been compromised for the sake of rhyme and artistic expression.

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About the Author

John Ortberg is senior pastor at Menlo Church in Menlo Park, California. He is the bestselling author of All The Places To Go; Soul Keeping; Who Is This Man?; The Me I Want to Be; Know Doubt; When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box; God Is Closer Than You Think; The Life You’ve Always Wanted; Everybody’s Normal Till You Get to Know Them; If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat; Love Beyond Reason; and (with Kevin Harney) the multimedia curriculum Old Testament Challenge. Now that their children are grown, he and his wife, Nancy enjoy surfing the Pacific to care for their souls.

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