Emotions. They’re hard enough sometimes for us as adults to deal with. But what about children? I thought yesterday what a huge, big world children are born into; and they have a LOT to learn, from language, to walking, to smiling, and more. Michelle Nietert, LPC-S and Tama Fortner realized this very thing; and they’ve created a fantastic picture book designed to help children understand and move through their emotions, particularly here, the sad ones: God, I Feel Sad: Bringing Big Emotions to a Bigger God.
I’ve had the pleasure to receive a copy of this marvelous book from the authors and BlogAbout Blogger Network, plus I have an additional copy of God, I Feel Sad to give away to one reader! Keep reading for more about this lovely book plus your opportunity to enter to win.
About God, I Feel Sad and its authors
Here’s what the publishers have to say about this lovely book:
“Help young children process their sad feelings.
Sad is a feeling that can be hard, but if we listen to it, we can learn things about ourselves.
In God, I Feel Sad: Bringing Big Emotions to a Bigger God (Zonderkidz, April, 2023) by licensed counselor Michelle Nietert and Tama Fortner, kids will discover that it’s okay to feel sad. Being sad is an emotion that doesn’t need to be avoided. Instead, it is something kids can use to grow closer to God. Because God is in all things, including sadness.
God I Feel Sad teaches kids ages 4 to 8 how to:
- Identify the feeling of sadness
- See signs of sadness in others
- Recognize things that can make them feel sad
- Embrace sadness without letting it overwhelm them
- Talk to God about their feelings
God, I Feel Sad is perfect for:
- Helping young kids develop positive ways to manage and name their feelings
- Children dealing with changing emotions, new experiences, or loss
- Family read-aloud time
- Supporting good communication and mental health habits at an early age
The book features a page with encouragement for parents/caregivers, and a simple exercise to help a child work through a heavy season of sadness. By helping kids process their emotions, parents and caregivers are encouraging them to develop skills for their entire lives.”
And a little about the authors of God, I Feel Sad
Michelle Nietert has been a licensed professional counselor for over 25 years. She is an energetic and passionate speaker, coach, and author with extensive interview experience on national TV and podcasts. Michelle is the coauthor of the award-winning book Loved and Cherished: 100 Devotions for Girls, Make Up Your Mind: Unlock Your ThoughtsTransform Your Life, and the upcoming books are Managing Your Emojis: 100 Devotions for Managing Your Emotions, and God, I Feel Scared. You can connect with Michelle on Instagram.
Tama Fortner is an ECPA award-winning author and ghost writer with more than fifty books written and 25 years of publishing experience. She has partnered with some of the biggest names in Christian publishing to create inspirational books for children, teens, and adults reaching over a million readers. Jesus Calling for Kids, Simply Christmas: A Busy Mom’s Guide to Reclaiming the Peace of the Holidays, Indescribable: 100 Devotions About God and Science are some of these books. She and Michelle Nietert have authored the upcoming book, God, I Feel Scared. You can connect with Tama on Instagram.
Tama and Michelle help readers gain mental health skills they can carry as they grow up. Readers will learn to to recognize the things that can make them sad, embrace sadness without it overwhelming them, and know that talking to God about their feelings is good, such as this sample:
“Sad isn’t the most fun emotion to feel, but there’s a reason you’re sad sometimes. It’s God’s way of helping you know that you’ve been hurt – in your body or in your heart. And it lets you know something isn’t quite right with your world.”
My thoughts about God, I Feel Sad
Do you feel that you learned how to process big emotions when you were growing up? I don’t know about you, but emotional management has been a skill I’ve been working on during my adulthood in a big way. My previous personal emotional management style was a) deny the hard ones and b) put that happy face back on again! (I know. Brilliant!) That didn’t actually turn out to be a great coping skill, as its outcome was just the postponement of realizing and dealing with the actual “negative” emotions.
My entire family is on a sort of a journey (a quest!) to acknowledge, speak about, and walk out our emotions. Honestly, Michelle’s and Tama’s book is an incredibly meaningful guidebook for just that; for teaching our precious ones what their emotions are and how they can move through them. God, I Feel Sad teaches children (and parents too, for that matter!) to:
- learn to identify their emotions
- be able to name them
- begin to build the process and habits of working through them
I absolutely love the way that God, I Feel Sad not only walks children through this process but helps them to understand that there is *no shame* in feeling any emotion. Rather, that emotions are the way we understand that there’s something going on inside us that we need to pay attention to!
God really is the giver of so many good gifts. I believe that emotions definitely fall into that category. But, we still need to come to understand them; and, when they’re painful ones, as sadness can sometimes be, to learn to navigate that emotional world. This beautifully-illustrated and gently-worded book will bless you and your children; and help them to begin to learn to journey through their emotions. I wholeheartedly recommend this to you!
Where you can purchase God, I Feel Sad
You can purchase a copy of God, I Feel Sad on Amazon! Just click the highlighted link to go directly to the purchase page.
How you can enter to win a copy of this book
To enter to win a copy of God, I Feel Sad, just click on the link below that says, “Enter here!” That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter to win in a variety of ways. US entries only, must be 18 and older to win. One entrant will be selected to win the book at the end of the giveaway. Giveaway closes on April 21, 2023. Best wishes!
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the authors. All opinions are my own honest ones.