Encouraging A Child's Purpose: The Plans I Have for You by Amy Parker

I remember when I was younger, there were so many things that I sought to be. One day, I wanted to be a doctor and the next day I wanted to be an astronaut. When you're young the possibilities are endless. I always feel it is especially important to encourage children to follow their heart and God's path to aspire to be who or what they want to be.

The Plans I Have for You is a children's book with a theme surrounding this very same topic. It's also based on the Bible verse, Jeremiah 29:11,  "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

Bestselling author Amy Parker inspires children to dream about their future and trust that God has great plans for their life. The Plans I Have for You combines playful rhyming text written by bestselling children's book author Amy Parker with whimsical illustrations by award-winning artist Vanessa Brantley-Newton to create a book that inspires readers of all ages to dream about their future.

Amy Parker has written more than thirty books for children, teens, and adults, including the best-selling A Night Night Prayer, Thank You, God, for Mommy, and Thank You, God, for Daddy. She has also collaborated with authors ranging from New York Times bestsellers to her very own son. Two of these collaborations--Firebird and Courageous Teens--are recipients of Christian Retailing's Best Awards.

The Plans I Have for You is a beautiful hardcover full of vibrant colors and shows pictures of children tackling all kinds of jobs and achievements. The narrative is written as if God were speaking to the child who is reading the book. He gives each child a message about his specific plans for them, and how they must follow their heart. Every child has a purpose, and whether the goal is big or small, God is telling them that there's nothing they can't do without His help.

I really enjoyed this book and the moral to the story. It really does a wonderful job at inspiring children and teaches them to not be afraid, because God is with them every step of the way...seeing them through.

*The Plans I Have for You officially releases on August 25, 2015