Your Magnificent Chooser Children's Picture Book Review


Even from a very young age, children learn all about making choices in their daily lives. These could be simple things like picking out what color shirt to wear or which snack they'd like to eat, while other times the choices can be more profound like making the decision to share their toys with a sibling or friend. Your Magnificent Chooser is a precious new children's book written by John Ortberg that touches up on the subject of choices and how they shape our lives. Of course, this is all told in sweet rhyming prose that little ones will definitely enjoy!

We all have choices to make every day, even the youngest children. The choices we make play a large part in forming who we grow to be as adults. For kids, those choices can include whether to be obedient or disobedient, to share or be selfish, to have a good attitude or not, and more. John Ortberg addresses the ability to choose in a whimsical way by inviting children to use their “magnificent chooser” that God gave them to make right choices daily. Parents will love reading this book to their kids, and kids will enjoy the content while learning lessons that will stay with them throughout their lives.

John Ortberg is the senior pastor at Menlo Church, an author, and a speaker. John's teaching centers around our everyday life with God and how God cares more about who we are becoming than what we do. He has written books on spiritual formation including, The Life You've Always Wanted, Faith and Doubt, Who is This Man?, and Soul Keeping. Born and raised in Rockford, Illinois, John graduated from Wheaton College with a degree in psychology. He holds a master of divinity and doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Fuller Seminary. Prior to joining Menlo Church, John served as teaching pastor at Chicago's Willow Creek Community Church. John is a member of the board of trustees at Fuller Seminary and the board for the Dallas Willard Center for Spiritual Formation, and he has served on the board of Christianity Today International.

I have to say this is such an adorable book! The main theme is about being able to make choices and the impact they can have in our lives and the lives of others. The story is told in a way that children can relate to by offering something a little different. You see, the author introduces little ones to an object called a "Chooser." While adults know that this is something that can't necessarily be seen, the "Chooser" in the book is depicted as some sort of fuzzy balloon or cloud that is connected to each of us.

The theme of this book is actually based off of another book (for adults) by John Ortberg called All the Places to Go...How Will You Know? The idea is that God gave us free will and the ability to make choices in our own lives. Of course there are bad choices and good choices out there, and He wants to make sure that we are lead to always make the right ones.

Not only did my son enjoy me reading this with him, but he was fascinated with the whimsical illustrations throughout–to be honest, so was I. I also found the overall concept of using an actual "Chooser" character to explain the importance of making positive decisions, quite clever. It's definitely something that will appeal to younger children. Your Magnificent Chooser is truly a sweet book that also offers a very important moral to the story.