The Moon is Always Round
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Some of the hardest years we faced as a family were those childbearing years that were, in reality, child-losing years. Like so many of you, many joyous births were preceded by multiple miscarriages. Those were profoundly painful times, made even more overwhelming as our children became old enough to understand the sadness we were wrestling with.
The Moon is Always Round would have been the perfect book to have read to them as it explains the truth of who God is, with words they could have easily grasped. In The Moon is Always Round, the author narrates the loss of his stillborn daughter through the eyes of his young son. He uses the phases of the moon as an analogy that children can readily grasp. The lunar phases illustrate God’s goodness that is never to be doubted, even when, at times, it is obscured by the shadow of sorrow. The Moon is Always Round will help you provide child-friendly answers to some of the hardest questions about God and suffering.
Beautifully illustrated, this book is a reminder that God’s goodness is present in all of the most difficult times, even if we can’t always see it. Additionally, there is a section at the back that offers further help for parents explaining these hard truths to children – truths that they will reflect on their entire lives.
Author: Jonathan Gibson
Illustrator: Joe Hox
Publisher: New Growth Press
Publication Date: 09/23/2019
Age Recommendation: 3-5
Awards and Endorsements:
“It is with the greatest pleasure and sense of privilege that I commend this book about Leila, Jonny and Jackie Gibson’s precious, stillborn daughter. As I held Leila’s tiny lifeless body in my arms, I wondered what great things God would do through her brief, mainly hidden, life in this world. May this beautiful and poignant reflection, from a loving and devoted father, bring God’s compassion and comfort to many. She being dead yet speaks—Leila the Evangelist!”
Ian Hamilton, Former minister of Cambridge Presbyterian Church, England
“The Moon Is Always Round offers gentle instruction to the hearts of our children when life in this world has broken their hearts.”
Nancy Guthrie, Author of What Every Child Should Know about Prayer
“When our children were growing up, we sought out books to read to them, and a little later, books that they could read themselves. Many of them they wore out, unselfconsciously memorizing prose and poetry alike. The Moon Is Always Round has now been added to the ‘must-read-and-cherish’ list, not only because it is a good story and a true story, but because it is an important story that they will need to think about all their lives.”
D. A. Carson, Author of How Long, O Lord? Reflections on Suffering and Evil
“It’s always best to rely on what we know to be true, rather than be guided by feelings. It’s an important lesson, especially for boys and girls, and Jonny Gibson teaches it in his wonderful, new book for children, The Moon Is Always Round. Through a tender, yet tough story—and beautiful illustrations—Jonny provides a heartwarming guide to any parent shepherding their child(ren) through times of loss and grief. I give a hearty thumbs-up to this special book!”
Joni Eareckson Tada, Author of A Place of Healing: Wrestling with the Mysteries of Suffering, Pain, and God’s Sovereignty
“This sweet and touching book is wonderfully simple without being at all simplistic. The metaphor of the always-round moon will stick with children and parents alike. The lesson here is a profound one for any family wrestling with grief, but it is also a needed reminder for every Christian who may ever doubt the goodness of God.”
Kevin DeYoung, Author of The Biggest Story
“When we experience a deep loss, it’s easy to doubt God’s goodness. But that is exactly when we need to be reminded that God’s tender, personal love for us never changes. Kids need to know that just as much as anyone else, and this beautiful book will give parents a way to help them understand that truth. But don’t think this book is just for kids. Anyone who has experienced a deep loss will be comforted by this book’s simple reminder that the moon is always round.”
Libbie Groves, Author of Grief Undone and Becoming a Widow
“Most Christian children’s books get too preachy. They say too much and see too little—like a bad sermon. Not this book. Jonny Gibson has given us a modern-day psalm for children that takes us into the depths and points us to faith in God. Thank you, Jonny. Well done!”
Paul Miller, Author of J-Curve: Dying and Rising with Jesus in Everyday Life and A Praying Life
I had a stillborn son the same year as the author of this book, so when Timberdoodle sent me a link to check it out, the timing for it was perfect. I had been feeling some holiday blues and remembering my baby. The video that introduced the book made me feel a connection with another family who has gone through the same thing. I love the way the author uses something straight from God’s creation to show that things are not always as they appear. Though we may not understand the whole picture of God’s goodness, the moon is always round, and so we can be certain that God is always good. I love the illustrations in this book too. At the right time, I will read this book to my children (ages 9, 7, 5, and 1), and I’m sure they’ll enjoy it and understand the concept that the author was trying to get across.
We are so sorry for your loss of your son. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on this book. We hope other families like yours also find comfort in the goodness of God. ---Hope from the Timberdoodle Team