Disclosure: I received a copy of the book “Audrey Bunny” for evaluation purposes. Thoughts are my own.
It’s been a long time since I read a book that made me tear up, or at least made my throat tighten like I’m about to cry. And it’s quite surprising that I felt that while reading a children’s book.
From best-selling women’s author Angie Smith (I Will Carry You, Mended) comes this sweet children’s book about a stuffed animal named Audrey Bunny who fears her imperfections make her unworthy of a little girl’s love. She’ll learn the truth soon enough, and young readers will learn that everyone is special and wonderfully made by God.
I almost teared up reading this book because the main theme is so close to my heart. You see, when I was growing up, I always wanted to be perfect for my parents. I felt like I didn’t want to disappoint them and I wanted to always be an achiever both in school and at church. I studied hard so I can get good grades and I also volunteer a lot at church.
I knew I didn’t have to be perfect for my parents to love me, but I just wanted to be the perfect child. But because I always TRIED to be perfect, people started expecting me to actually BE perfect. So I felt like there was so much pressure for me to not make any mistakes because I was always the good daughter.
And that caused me to hide my imperfections from people. I later on realized that I don’t have to be perfect and that I should not pressure myself into becoming one. My family loves me for who I am.
Our families usually know about the imperfections we try to hide but they love us anyway. More so with God. He knows everything about us so we can’t really hide anything from Him. Yet He still died on the cross for our sins and He loves us anyway.
Audrey Bunny isn’t really a heavy story. It’s really a children’s book that tells kids that God loves them even though they’re not perfect. They don’t have to be like their peers. God loves them for who they are, for their uniqueness. But the book’s lesson is not exclusively for kids because even grownups can learn from it. Needless to say, I highly recommend this book!
About the author: Angie Smith is the wife of Todd Smith (lead singer of Dove Award winning group Selah), best-selling author of Mended, I Will Carry You, and What Women Fear, and one of the most popular speakers and blog writers in the country. She holds a Master’s degree in Developmental Psychology from Vanderbilt University and lives with her husband and daughters in Nashville, TN.
Audrey Bunny is targeted to children ages 4 to 8 years old. Written by Angie Smith and published by B&H Publishing. It has 32 pages with a jacket and a hardcover. It retails for $14.99.
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