The Very Best Day: The Way of Love for Children
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About the Author
Roger Hutchison is the author and illustrator of nine books for children and adults including, The Painting Table, My Favorite Color is Blue. Sometimes., Faces: A Love Story, and Sparrow's Prayer. There is prayerful poetry woven through Roger's work, a gentle reverence in his tone and posture toward the heartbroken. Roger's mission is to use art, color, and poetic language to communicate love and promote healing and hope in today's hurting world. Roger serves as the Director of Christian Formation and Parish Life at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church in Houston, TX, and is a member of the National Alliance of Grieving Children and Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. He lives with his wife Kristin just outside of Houston.
Jerusalem Jackson Greer is the Staff Officer for Evangelism for The Episcopal Church, and member of the Way of Love creation and leadership team. Additionally, she serves as a Resource Consultant for Baptized for Life, and serves on the board of Forma: The Network for Christian Formation, and Episcopal Relief & Development's Council of Advice. She is often sought out as a speaker and contributor around the topics of evangelism, discipleship, liturgical living, welcoming former evangelicals, and ministry with families and children. She lives with her husband and two teenage sons in rural Arkansas and is the author of At Home in this Life: Finding Peace at the Crossroads of Unraveled Dreams and Beautiful Surprises and A Homemade Year: The Blessings of Cooking, Crafting and Coming Together. As a family they are attempting to live a slower version of the modern life. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. She writes about all of this and more at jerusalemgreer.com
"Roger has captured the essence of the Way of Love beautifully, while diving even deeper into what it means to live and love like Jesus in the beautiful, sacred, everyday-moments of life. It is a book that can be read to start the day or end the day, a book that can be read at church and on the soccer field, in a classroom and in the car."
--From the Foreword by Jerusalem Jackson Greer, Evangelism Office for The Episcopal Church
"This book is a work of art. The generous layering of paint in its illustrations, coupled with the gentle poetry and depth of its text, creates a moment for readers--whether very young, very old, or anywhere in between--to reflect on what it means to journey on the Way of Love."
--Jennifer Grant, author of Love You More and Little Blue Bottle
"As a priest and as a parent I have been wanting something that will help me share the Way of Love with the youth of my parish and with my own children. The Very Best Day is a fabulous resource to introduce young followers of Jesus to this sevenfold path of discipleship; Roger's beautiful paintings and awe-inspiring words combine to create the perfect primer for parents, teachers, and clergy searching for a means to help their young ones experience the Way of Love."
--T.J. Freeman, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, Ft. Wayne, Indiana
"It is deeply Anglican and profoundly Christian to care for the spiritual lives of the youngest among us. Roger Hutchison has created a beautiful and accessible resource that is sure to become a classic in the Church. Teaching our kids about Jesus is often a challenging but worthy task. With The Very Best Day, we parents and educators do not have to go it alone."
--Sarah Condon, author of Churchy and co-host of The Mockingcast
"Warm, inviting poetry, questions, and images weave together experiences of everyday life and spiritual practices that artfully illuminate the Way of Love. Hutchison has created both a thoughtful gift for children entering Sunday school and a resource that sparks meaningful faith conversations at home."
--Christine V. Hides, Director of Christian Education at Kenilworth Union Church (Illinois) and blogger at "Bless Each One"
"Roger Hutchison uses easy-to-read poetry, meaningful reflection, and beautiful illustration to introduce the practices of the Way of Love to children. The Very Best Day: The Way of Love for Children is an excellent resource for teaching spiritual disciplines that will help even the youngest of disciples to walk in the way of Jesus' love."
--Victoria Hoppes, Camp Director at Waycross Episcopal Camp and Conference Center, Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis
"This book takes readers on a journey through what it means to live as Christ taught us. A tool for all who would like to grow in faith as a family, it will make a delightful addition to a home or church library. Excellent and timely!"
--Traci Smith, author of Faithful Families and Prayers for Faithful Families