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As founding pastor of Saddleback Church, Dr. Rick Warren leads a 30,000-member congregation in California with campuses in major cities around the world. As an author, his book The Purpose Driven Life is one of the bestselling nonfiction books in publishing history. As a theologian, he has lectured at Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, University of Judaism, and dozens of universities and seminaries. As a global strategist he advises world leaders and has spoken to the United Nations, US Congress, Davos Economic Forum, TED, Aspen Institute, and numerous parliaments. Rick has also founded the Global PEACE Plan. You can listen to Pastor Rick's Daily Hope, his daily 25-minute broadcast, or sign up for his free daily devotionals at Ag Jatkowska has been drawing and playing with colour ever since she can remember. She lives and works in the UK, illustrating books and greeting cards among other projects. Ag graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk (Poland) with an MA in Graphic Design and Illustration. In her spare time, she loves to discover new places and taking long walks with her husband and little son.


In supportive, uplifting fashion, Warren focuses on the multifaceted impact of words and being mindful of those we use with others. The straightforward, brief main text introduces concepts, which are enlivened by brightly colored cartoon illustrations incorporating examples of related words and language and featuring expressive, multicultural characters, predominantly kids, in connected activities. For instance, 'Words can show respect' depicts a boy saying, 'After you, Ma'am,' as he opens a door for a woman pushing stroller. Other scenarios highlight words for fostering inclusiveness and showing appreciation, as well as a faith-based element ('God wants you to have a heart filled with kindness and love'). Fanciful touches in the art help temper, though not undermine, some of the more cautionary assertions, such as 'Be careful with your words . . . you can't take them back,' accompanied by an image of a girl trying to scrub away the phrase 'I hate you.' With a gently emphasized Christian message at its core, this thought-provoking, motivational picture book is a nice additional to faith-based collections. -- Shelle Rosenfeld * Booklist *
Using a series of relatable, concrete examples, pastor and bestselling adult author Warren (The Purpose Driven Life) introduces young readers to the idea that the words one chooses to speak can greatly affect others. Alongside Warren's brief passages of text ('Words can encourage.... They can bring out the best in people'), Jatkowska's sunny mixed-media vignettes feature ethnically diverse children using language that spurs positive actions and reactions. In one spread, four spot illustrations, connected via arrows and dotted lines, demonstrate how one 'can spread love and kindness.' Hurtful, angry words and phrases are also addressed, though Warren's suggestion to be careful with one's words feels heavy-handed: 'Once you send them out into the world, you can't get them back.' This ode to compassionate language should have broad appeal. Ages 4--8. (Dec.) * Publishers Weekly *

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