30 December 2016

A Review of You Are Mine

Proof I really read it!
I was at my local library at evening time on the fifth day of Christmas. I headed to the JF section in search of a nice little book I had noticed many months ago. The book is You Are Mine by Max Lucado. I have always wanted to sit down and read it, but amazingly I never got to it until now. God probably had me read it this evening because it was the right time for it.

After picking up the book, I sat next to the library's Christmas tree and I began to read. Before I write about it in detail, I just want to let you know that regardless of your age, or anyone else's age, this short book is truly worth reading because of its message. It is indeed a gift for everyone!

Max Lucado's You Are Mine is an allegory of the human being living a materialistic life and suddenly learning that to live life knowing she belongs to God is to be truly human and find rest. The story's setting is a town called Wemmicksville. Its residents are small, wooden beings known as Wemmicks; they were made by Eli, a wise and kind craftsman. The main character is named Punchinello, a lovable Wemmick whom many of us can identify with.

Punchinello gets caught up in his town's latest fad: buying lots of boxes and balls because they make one feel important and happy, so the Wemmicks believe. In order to outdo everyone, he sells essential things he needed in life so he could buy more and more boxes and balls. One day, Punchinello and the other residents of Wemmicksville are carrying their boxes and balls to a mount where they would show them off and prove they are "real Wemmicks." As he is carrying his toys, he is unable to see his path and so he stumbles and happens to fall down, of all places, in the house of his maker, Eli. (Those of you who like the Hebrew language might know the maker's name means "My God.")

Eli hears the noise and he goes to see Punchinello and his toys lying on the floor. The two of them have a private conversation about Wemmicksville's obsession. Our lovable little Punchinello tells Eli that he sold his house even to buy all those boxes and balls because he thought having them would make him feel important. Eli and Punchinello go to the window and Eli shows him what the Wemmicks' latest craze really is: a pursuit that makes them ratty, contrary to their maker's intention. Eli then tells him that as a Wemmick it's not what he has that makes him important. What makes him important is that he belongs to his loving maker. Punchinello's mind is changed and his relationship with Eli is restored, and then he sleeps peacefully in his maker's quiet and comfy home that night.

If you are a Christian parent I recommend getting this book for your young children. It is helpful for teaching them who God is as their maker and who they are to Him. Ultimately all of us can learn something truly wholesome from this book. The illustrations are adorable!

You Are Mine by Max Lucado (illustrations by Sergio Martinez) consists of 32 pages and was first published on 18 July 2001 by Crossway Books.

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