Thanksgiving: One miraculous children’s book that all ages need to read this year

3 Nov

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I hope that you’re enjoying my Thanksgiving Traditions series. This is the 3rd post in the series. If you’ve missed the previous posts, you can read them here.

I don’t know how I stumbled upon this book, but I’m so glad I did. This book is now one of the Mosley’s Thanksgiving traditions; we read it every year. The secret must be out on how AMAZING this book is because there are 7 holds on the 1 copy of the book that our library has. 🙂 Thus, I ordered my copy from Amazon tonight. 🙂 Also, a friend, living overseas, just reminded me that there is a Kindle edition as well.

I was familiar with Squanto from elementary school; I remembered that Squanto helped the Pilgrims. This was where my knowledge of Squanto ended. In this detailed account of Squanto’s life, author Eric Metaxas, ironically, does not depict Squanto as the main character. God Himself is the main character in Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving. I love Amazon’s synopsis of the book:

“This entertaining and historical story shows that the actual hero of the Thanksgiving was neither white nor Indian, but God. In 1608, English traders came to Massachusetts and captured a 12-year old Indian, Squanto, and sold him into slavery. He was raised by Christians and taught faith in God. Ten years later he was sent home to America. Upon arrival, he learned an epidemic had wiped out his entire village. But God had plans for Squanto. God delivered a Thanksgiving miracle: an English-speaking Indian living in the exact place where the Pilgrims land in a strange new world.”

When we first got this book from the library 2 years ago, we got the audio book. I remember listening to the audio CD in our car, hanging on every word of this amazing story of God’s redemption, sovereignty, provision and providence, and sobbing, sobbing, sobbing. To think of a young boy kidnapped, sold into slavery, eventually landing in England and learning English, returning years later to his homeland and finding the pilgrims in his former village. Can you imagine the Pilgrims surprise to see a Native American walking into their village and greeting them in their native tongue? The Pilgrims, struggling to survive, were taught the ways of the land by Squanto; Squanto was used by God to help them survive–thrive–in their new land.

Who alone could orchestrate such circumstances? Only God Himself could have beautifully pieced together these exact events in the life of Squanto so that he could, at the time God appointed, return to his home and help save the lives of the Pilgrims. Only God Himself could have turned the dark events of Squanto’s life into a beautiful story of redemption. As I read this story of Squanto’s life, the story of Joseph in Genesis echoed again and again in my mind. In particular, the words Joseph said to his brothers regarding their actions of selling him into slavery, “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.”(Genesis 50:20 ESV). This, too, is the story of Squanto.

You need to hear this story of Thanksgiving. Your children need to hear this story of Thanksgiving. In doing so, they will be more aware of the God who is there, who always provides for His children, and who has the amazing ability to turn the most difficult situations into something that He can use for His glory and our good. You, too, will be more aware. Your heart will overflow with Thanksgiving to God. After all, wasn’t that what occurred on the day of the First Thanksgiving? Isn’t that what God desires for us every day–hearts filled with thanksgiving and praise to Him?

Happy Thanksgiving!

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7 Responses to “Thanksgiving: One miraculous children’s book that all ages need to read this year”

  1. Amanda G November 3, 2012 at 7:49 am #

    FYI, this one is also available on Kindle! We may just order it that way. I love kids’ books, but we don’t have a library – no reading before buying – so I appreciate the review!

    • Suzanne Shares November 3, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

      awww! Hey girl! 🙂 Thanks for commenting, and yes, thanks for the reminder about the kindle edition! 🙂 i’ll update the post and add that. 🙂 thank you! hope that you guys enjoy it! 🙂

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