Growing God (Hardcover)

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Growing God (Hardcover)

By Karen Kiefer, Kathy De Wit (Illustrator)


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Emma -- the little artist with a big dream from Karen Kiefer's bestselling Drawing God -- is back, a few years older, and looking for God in a whole new way.

When Emma returns home from spending school vacation on Nana's farm — a place where Nana says she “grows God” — Emma is inspired to try to grow God, too. Emma knows that she must be patient and believe, but she soon realizes that planting seeds and growing God is hard work! Join Emma as she cares for God's creation, and finds out how a seed of opportunity can grow into something amazing.

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Karen Kiefer is the Director of the Church in the 21st Century Center at Boston College and managing editor of C21 Resources magazine. A catechist for over two decades, Kiefer also served as an adjunct faculty member in the Communication department at Boston College. Kiefer cofounded the grassroots, award winning, bread-giving organization Spread the Bread, winner of the “National Make a Difference Day Award.” A decade later, she published the children’s Christmas storybook The Misfit Sock and launched a companion educational initiative—Misfit University—and the national anti-bullying movement, The Million Misfit Sock March. Kiefer’s programs have been adopted by the Girl Scouts nationally and she has been featured in the Boston Globe, the Boston HeraldUSA Today and People magazine. She has sold 10,000 copies of The Misfit Sock through grassroots marketing and promotion. Kiefer lives in Wayland, Massachusetts with her husband, Sam, and four daughters.

Illustrator Kathy De Wit creates and teaches art in Belgium, where she lives with her husband and her two daughters.
Product Details ISBN: 9781640609082
ISBN-10: 1640609083
Publisher: Paraclete Press
Publication Date: March 26th, 2024
Pages: 32
Language: English

“Like the parables of Jesus, Growing God invites children into the mystery of how God is made known in the world around us. With joyful simplicity, Karen Kiefer and Kathy De Wit introduce young readers to nature not only as something that needs our help and care, but as a place of sacred encounter.” —Laura Alary, author of Here: The Dot We Call Home, and many other books

“A children’s book that echoes Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J.’s poem, “Trust in the Slow Work of God.” Growing God is growing in God and learning to find God in all things, no matter how big or small.” —Quang D. Tran, S.J., co-creator and co-host of the “Breakfast with God” children's ministry program.