HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Respect and Enjoy God’s Creation
Author: Malinda Mitchell
Photographer: Ray Ruppert
Publisher: Tex Ware Publishing, 2012
Related website: www.tex-ware.com (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 4-10
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Mitchell, Malinda. Respect and Enjoy God’s Creation (published in 2012 by Tex Ware Publishing, Everett, WA). What is your favorite part of God’s creation? Is it animal, vegetable, or mineral? Author Malinda Mitchell, grandmother of eight who has been writing fiction for over forty years, says in the Foreword, “I am the mother of five children whom I taught to fear God and give Him glory for all of His creation. We should enjoy God’s creation, yet at the same time respect it.” She goes on to write about nature; farm animals; cats and dogs; wild animals; birds; insects and spiders; ocean life; trees; and fruits, vegetables, and nuts. All of these subjects are beautifully illustrated with gorgeous photographs taken by Ray Ruppert. So, just how can we appreciate God’s creation and still show respect for it?
The book discusses how God has provided for us through His creation and how we can learn to respect it by taking good care of what He has provided. For example, it reminds us, “If you are eating while sightseeing, don’t forget to put any trash you may have, like sandwich or candy wrappers, or empty potato chip bags, in trash containers and not on the ground.” Mitchell tells us that we wouldn’t be enjoying nature if it weren’t for our grand Creator’s love for creating, so whether we’re sightseeing, shopping, on vacation, or in school, as we observe all of God’s creation, including other people, and see how wonderfully made everything is, we should take a moment and give thanks to God for everything that He has done. Respect and Enjoy God’s Creation gets a high five from me.