A story of hope and of healing
A Brief Review of
Dig for Your Diamond: A Mandate to Excavate Your Own Piece of Heaven
Illustrated by Nicole Krajewski
Hardback: Gatekeeper Press, 2020.
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Reviewed by C. Christopher Smith
Dig For Your Diamond is (pardon the pun) a gem of a picture book. Caroline Mosey offers a distinctive metaphor that reminds us all that God is ever-present with us and in us. Following in a similar vein to Matthew Paul Turner’s picture books in affirming God’s intimate love for all humans, Dig For Your Diamond also emphasizes that though we have the diamond of God’s presence in each of us, that gem isn’t for us to keep to ourselves, but rather to share with others. Illustrated with elegant, bold-colored paintings by Nicole Krajewski, Dig For Your Diamond is a beautifully-set presentation of the Good News of God’s healing and restoring work in us and in creation. Although we are constantly surrounded by the bad news of human brokenness, a deeper story is at play in the world, a story of hope and of healing. Dig For Your Diamond gives kids a taste of this deeper story and guides them toward further curiosity about not only the story, but about God’s exquisite presence in them. Read this book with your children, but also take it to heart. Its message of hope is one that we all need to hear.
C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com