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The Moon is Always Round

Jonathan Gibson



The Moon is Always Round

Jonathan Gibson



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Even young children want answers to the hard questions about God and suffering. In The Moon Is Always Round, seminary professor and author Jonathan Gibson uses the vivid imagery of the moon to explain to children how God's goodness is always present, even when it might appear to be obscured by upsetting or difficult circumstances.

In this beautiful, full-color illustrated book, he allows readers to eavesdrop on the conversations he had with his young son in response to his sister's death. Father and son share a simple liturgy together that reminds them that, just as the moon is always round despite its different phases, so also the goodness of God is always present throughout the different phases of life. A section in the back of the book offers further biblical help for parents and caregivers in explaining God's goodness to children.

Jonathan Gibson reminds children of all ages that God's goodness is present in the most difficult of times, even if we can't always see it.

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    The Moon is Always Round

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    Jonathan Gibson

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    New Growth Press

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    Suffering / Loss

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Jonathan Gibson

Jonathan Gibson

Jonathan Gibson (PhD, Cambridge) is ordained in the International Presbyterian Church, UK, and is Assistant Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia. Previously, he served as Associate Minister at Cambridge Presbyterian Church, England. He studied theology at Moore Theological College, Sydney, and then completed a PhD in Hebrew Studies, at Girton College, Cambridge. He is contributor to and coeditor with David Gibson of From Heaven He Came and Sought Her, as well as author of historical and biblical articles in Themelios, Journal of Biblical Literature, Tyndale Bulletin, and “Obadiah” in the NIV Proclamation Bible. His PhD dissertation was published as Covenant Continuity and Fidelity: A Study of Inner–Biblical Allusion and Exegesis in Malachi. He is married to Jacqueline, and they have two children: Benjamin and Leila.

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5.0 based on 2 reviews

Heartbreaking but full of hope

Every time I read this to my children, I'm brought to tears as we hear about a stillborn child. But at every junction, Gibson points to God's goodness as we hear about the moon always being round, even when it looks like its not. Simple, poignant and beautifully written and illustration. So needed in our hurting world.

Great resource for children experiencing baby or infant loss in their family

We loved the way this beautiful picture book walks through the loss of a stillborn baby in the family. It was useful for explaining our miscarriage to our three living children. We have come back to read it again and again, and we have gifted it to multiple families who have experienced loss.

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