Disclosure: I received a copy of the book, I Don’t See Heaven, for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
My daughter is 5, and she’s at that age where she asks a lot of questions. Kids at this age are just curious about the world around them. They are beginning to understand how the world works and as a parent, I have to do my best to teach my daughter about the world we live in. I’m always very honest with her when it comes to answering her questions.
Lately, she’s asked me a lot about Heaven. When I was little, I remember the first time I found out from my mom about dying and going to Heaven. I couldn’t take it. I cried, whined, and begged my mom telling her I didn’t want to die! I was terrified of death. As a kid, thinking about this subject can be a scary thing!
However, we’ve been doing our very best to teach our girls about God and Jesus — and Heaven. Heaven can be a hard topic to discuss because we can’t physically see it. It’s difficult to teach about Heaven in a way that’s easy for a child to understand.
Just this morning on our way to school, my curious daughter asked me more questions about Heaven and “if Heaven was way up in the sky.” When I talk about Heaven to my daughter, I tell her about how beautiful and wonderful Heaven is. I tell her that to get to Heaven, we must believe in Jesus and obey and do the right things here on earth. We are to live life with love and gratitude to be able to enter the kingdom of Heaven. I also tell her that we will see people that have entered the kingdom of Heaven, such as our loved ones we have previously lost. I tell her that we can’t see it, but it’s definitely there.
When I speak about Heaven, I make sure that I speak of it as a place where we will WANT to go and where we will live FOREVER. I tell her that earth is our temporary home and that one day, we will all be together celebrating in Heaven. I can see that when I speak of Heaven in these ways, my daughter’s fear starts to go away and she feels more at peace with what will happen to us after we die.
Answering these questions can be difficult for me as a parent, but it’s so important for me to teach my daughter what I truly believe in. I don’t want her to grow up fearing death and I do want her to know the truth — that everyone will eventually die. But, we have comfort in knowing where we will go when we die.
Because this topic can be difficult to discuss, I usually turn to other resources for help when explaining issues such as, “What happens when we die?” or “What is Heaven like and why can’t we see it?” I’m not perfect, and I’m sure my answer above about Heaven isn’t the perfect answer, so that’s why I turn to books to help supplement what I’m trying to teach to my girls.
I ran across a cute children’s book recently called I Don’t See Heaven (for ages 5-10) that is perfect for you if you are trying to teach your children about Heaven. This book may provide a bit of comfort for your curious child when he or she asks about Heaven, and especially if he or she has lost a loved one and is having a hard time dealing with the loss. This beautifully illustrated children’s book does a great job of teaching children about how we can’t see Heaven, but how we can feel Heaven in our hearts, where Heaven is a place that’s too far away to see, but is a place where people can go to get better and never be sick again. It also teaches about how we can remember those who have passed away.
Isabella is so excited to fly on an airplane with her mother, father, and baby brother. As the plane takes off the ground and soars into the sky, Isabella presses her nose against the window. She wants to see everything! But as the plane glides through the clouds, suddenly Isabella sits back in her seat and starts to cry.
Isabella is so sad. She thinks she will see her grandpa in heaven from high up in the sky, but he is nowhere to be found. As her mother and father try to comfort her, Isabella soon learns the secret to feeling better.
I Don’t See Heaven is the story of a little girl’s journey to the truth as she learns an important life lesson about how to keep love alive after a death.
About the Author and Illustrator:
Jennifer Adan is a songwriter from the San Francisco Bay Area who has written hits such as “She Wouldn’t Be Gone” for Blake Shelton. Jennifer currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee. This is her debut book.
Illustrator E. A. Morando is a self-taught illustrator who has studied music and is currently a middle school music teacher. She is from the San Francisco Bay area and loves photography and making homemade greeting cards. This is the first book she has illustrated.
See what led Jennifer Adan to write this beautiful book: