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Dear God, You Can't Be Serious!

Quick Overview

This is the second book in the Dear God series in which author, Patti Armstrong, addresses questions that young children face when prayers aren’t answered in a time of adversity – and more importantly, the timeless question of: "Is He even listening?"

When Luke, a 5th grader, finds out he's going to be homeschooled with his brothers, he can't believe it and questions whether or not God is listening when he prays to go back to school with his friends. Will Luke end up learning that sometimes God answers our prayers in ways we don't expect?

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About the Author

Patti Maguire Armstrong is a wife of thirty-two years and mother to ten. She co-authored Hearted: Inspiring Stories From Everyday Families, was the managing editor and co-author of the Amazing Grace book series, and has appeared on EWTN and Catholic TV as well as radio stations across the country. Her articles appear on many Catholic websites, including her blog: PattiMaguireArmstrong.com.

Product Details

Series No
Publish Date Feb 15, 2014
Pages 96
Size 5.5 x 8.5
Illustrator N/A
Case Quantity (Print) No
Product Type Book
Weight 0.4700
Product Code 824319

Customer Reviews

Let Go and Let God Review by Catholic Dad
Being a father of three boys very close in age to the three brothers in Patti Armstrong's books I can relate to so many of the stories she shares. In Dear God, You Can't Be Serious - Luke the middle child is upset about being home schooled after the summer. This resonated as my second child has recently undertaken the same adventure, although for reasons much different than Luke. This story conveys valuable lessons about acceptance and understanding the nature of how God answers prayers and the way we react to those answers. When Luke acts out as a result of not getting his way on family vacation, on a friends farm, and then again in order to gain the attention and approval of friends he finds out that he is not in control of all of his circumstances, but he is in control to how he reacts to them. My wife echoes this often to my two older boys and it is a message I could clearly see they received in a much more concrete way through the story. I would recommend this book to all parents and children from 8 - 12 years of age. It will resonate with both the parents and the children. When we let go and let God we discover we might have gotten something better than we asked for in our prayer. (Posted on 4/8/2015)
Helping Kids Accept God's Will Review by Catholic Newbie
This is a lovely book to present to all kids, especially those struggling with how to accept God's will in their life. It is easy to read and entertaining for all ages with trials and tribulations all children can relate to. They will see that sometimes following God's will can result in blessings and graces they never even could have imagined. The main character, Luke, is easily relatable like many kids: stubborn, occasionally getting into trouble, but well intentioned. I highly recommend! (Posted on 4/2/2015)
A fun read that your kids will love and you will too! Review by Jake
This was a great book: fun, funny, fast paced, and full of interesting adventures that will keep young readers engaged. Best of all, though, is that there is real substance and value in this book to repay the time spent reading it. Here is a story where the boy who is the main character faces a real challenge, and has to do the right thing when it's hard, and he grows and learns in the process. So its fun, and worthwhile. (Posted on 9/6/2014)
Funny, Accessible and Endearing Review by Luke
This book is an engaging read of untold mischief that is enjoyable from page 1 to the end. (Posted on 8/16/2014)
Highly motivational, rich in meaning, and loved by all my children Review by Catholic Mom
Patti Armstrong has done it again. In this second book in the series, Patti has captured the importance of the spirit of patience in our faith, and has done so with a beautiful story line, and experiences that all children can easily relate to. As the mother of nine children, we have had years of buying and borrowing, reading and re-reading hundreds of books. Our son, a young teen with special needs, and a serious lack of desire for reading, has been walking around with this book for several days now. He understands the story line, easily relates to the day-to-day ups and downs of the families in the book, and understands the spirituality of waiting patiently for God to answer our prayers.

Summing it up, this says it best: Last night, book in hand, our son asked me "Mom..Is it too late to read one more chapter?" I have never heard these words spoken by this child. Responding quickly, I assured him "No, it's never too late to read honey." And then he finished with this: "Mom, you have to read this. When I'm done reading it, maybe you could read it too. I think you'd get it."

If you are wondering whether you should buy this book, buy it. Give it to your children. Read it to the young ones; Read it with the older ones. If you leave it on the kitchen table, I have no doubt that even your college kids will pick it up...just to see what's inside.
A true gift to our family. (Posted on 6/18/2014)
Excellent book for all ages. Review by Catholic Mom
Our son with special needs loves reading this book. He is a teenager, and struggles to understand the written word, as learning is extremely difficult for him. We are constantly trying to find new books that will catch his interest, and encourage him to read. This book, like "Dear God, I Don't Get It!" is filled with real-life situations, family ups and downs, and the importance of patience in prayer. Our son "gets" every piece of this book. He takes it wherever he goes and reads it over and over. What a beautiful gift for all of us! His love of reading has changed because of both of these books by Patti Armstrong. Excellent! (Posted on 6/14/2014)

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