About the book:
It’s never too young to prepare! This charmingly illustrated picture
book teaches children what it’s like to be a missionary, from riding a
bike to studying the gospel to having a companion, and everything they
can do now to be ready so that when the time comes, they’ll be the best
missionaries they can be. Colorful and cute, it’s a perfect gift for
baptisms and birthdays.
About the author and illustrator:
Ben White is the author of 10 Questions to Answer while Preparing for a Mission.
He has been a Seminary Teacher from 2003 to the present. He has a M.A.
in Religious Education from BYU, B.S. in Marriage, Family, and Human
Development from BYU. He is an EFY speaker and has recorded two talks
with the Mormon Channel on their “For the Youth” program.
Corey Egbert has always loved books and art, so when he discovered
that he could create both at the same time by being an illustrator, he
couldn’t have been happier. His illustrations can be seen in The Niuhi
Shark Saga books and the album covers of recording artist Rob Taylor. He
lives in Buena Vista, Virginia, with his wife Natalya, son Oliver, and
their cat, Rex.
From Reidhead Randomness:
If you have read the book "The Holy Ghost is like a Blanket," you might recognize a character (since its the same illustrator). Think of it as a fun "Where's Waldo." This book is great for kids and helping them to know what they can do at any age to start preparing for their mission.
It begins with a letter received from an uncle on a mission. It prompts the kids to want to know what the uncle is doing, so they write to him. The rest of the book is the uncle answering back about what it is like being a missionary. It covers lots of topics such as Exercise, Study and Prayer, Teaching, Work and Serve, Obedience, Eating foods (that you might not like), and many more! After each of the topics, there is a section of "What can you do NOW?" where it gives ideas of things that kids can do NOW to prepare to serve a mission. It wraps up with the kids being excited to serve missions.
This was a really fun book (even my 12 year old daughter liked it). She thought it would be a great book to take with her when she goes babysitting. She was excited to share it and thought the part where missionaries had to eat weird foods that they are not used to was a good thing to know....(even though she's NOT a picky eater herself).
All of the ideas shared in the book would be great for any age. They are all good LIFE suggestions....not just for preparing for missions. While the book is written for the LDS audience, I think it would benefit anyone who reads it!
I received a copy of the book for review purposes, however all opinions expressed are my own.