*Following up on her first novel, The Turning Point of Lila Louise, author Lorita Kelsey Childress has written a book of spiritual endearment that I am sure will resonate with parents and grandparents, as well as children; Grandma, How Do You Know God Is Real? Kelsey, a member of Sistahs on the Reading Edge Book Club, has written this colorful and entertaining children’s book that I envision reading to my own grandson, Marius, or future grandchildren that I may be Blessed to have.
Childress, an author that lives in Northern California with her family, dedicates this book to her first grandchild, Kamia Janie Chess, which clearly is where she gets much of her motivation for this enchanting and at times humorous story for all ages. Her Christian faith and background also comes out in this book. The author’s work is featured in Gumbo for the Soul: The Recipe for Literacy in the Black Community and Gumbo for the Soul: Women of Honor Special Pink Edition. Her poem Our History is Rich, was featured in the January/March 2010 edition of Kontagious Magazine.
This story is about a typical and inquisitive six-and-a-half-year-old girl by the name of Kendra, who loves spending a few weeks of her summer vacation at Grandma’s house, where Grandma always made her feel special, and she especially loves Grandma’s juicy kisses. As with all pampering grandparents, Kendra got the royal treatment when she came over to spend nights, having her own room colored in pink, from the sheets and pillowcases to the comforter, and rug. Even the paint on the walls was pink and adorned with big beautiful daisies. Grandma realized that pink was Kendra’s favorite color and Grandma had outdone herself with the decorations.
On one particular morning just before having breakfast with Grandma and her Grandpa, Kendra seemed to come out of the blue by inquiring; “Grandma, how do you know God is real?” Grandma responded; “Wow… Kendra, that’s a good question. Actually, it’s a really grown-up question for a six-and-a-half-year-old. What made you think about God?” Kendra responded by stating; “Well, Grandma, you always take me to church. All those people are always singing and that man is always talking about God. And you and Mommy always make me say my prayers when it’s time to go to bed.” Grandma further responded to Kendra by stating: “Kendra, the singing is called praising and that man is called the Pastor. And you need prayer!”
Throughout the book and the telling of this story, Childress would have Grandma use examples to answer Kendra’s question about God being real. One example is when Grandma and Kendra were out walking together in the park. Typical of little kids, Kendra wanted to ride on the swings, but Grandma intervened by stating: “Hold on child. I brought you here to give you some other reasons for how I know God is real.” Grandma further stated: You hear that? “Hear what, Grandma?” “Do you hear the chirping birds?” Kendra responded; “Yes, Grandma, I hear the birds but I want to go swing. What does that have to do with God?” And typical of grandparents, Grandma stated: “I know God is real because He made those birds. He made that poodle over there, too. He made the grass and the beautiful red tulips over there next to the fence, and that big ole oak tree. All of these things are some of God’s best work.” I am sure Kendra got the point, as I am sure other children would also reading this book. The author has written an entertaining and inspirational book for children and adults, that I highly recommend.
Dennis Moore is a writer and book reviewer with the East County Magazine in San Diego and the book review editor for SDWriteway, an online newsletter for writers in San Diego. He is also the author of a book about Chicago politics; “The City That Works: Power, Politics and Corruption in Chicago.” Mr. Moore can be contacted at [email protected] or you can follow him on Twitter at: @DennisMoore8.