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You Are Special [Hardcover]

Max Lucado
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Book Description

June 30 1997 Max Lucado's Wemmicks (Book 1)

Every day the small wooden people called Wemmicks do the same thing: stick either gold stars or gray dots on one another. The pretty ones--those with smooth wood and fine paint--always get stars. The talented ones do, too. Others, though, who can do little or who have chipped paint, get ugly gray dots. Like Punchinello.

In this heartwarming childrens tale from the best-selling pen of author Max Lucado, Eli the woodcarver helps Punchinello understand how special he is--no matter what other Wemmicks may think. Its a vital message for children everywhere: that regardless of how the world evaluates them, God cherishes each of them, just as they are.

This tale originally appeared within one of the chapters in the award-winning childrens bestseller Tell Me the Secrets.

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More than 120 million readers have found comfort in the writings of Max Lucado. He ministers at the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Denalyn, and a sweet but misbehaving mutt, Andy. --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars He's done better Oct. 16 2004
I recently bought four books from Lucado's Wemmicks series (including You are Mine), sight unseen, for my church library. I couldn't believe that this writing is from the same person who wrote "He Chose the Nails" and "Small Gifts in God's Hands", two books that I found deeply moving and inspirational. But I found that the stories felt flat to me; in fact, they are such thinly disguised allegories that they are, well, kind of disappointing when read on the surface, non-allegorical level. In fact, Eli's speech at the conclusion of "You are special" could have been worded better:
"What they think doesn't matter, Punchinello. All that matters is what I think. And I think you're pretty special."
When I first read this, my reaction was "Eh? So what makes this woodcarver so special that his opinion is the only one that matters?" (Yes, yes, I know...but what's a four-year-old kid to think, especially one who doesn't go to church or Sunday school?) Despite this, I am buying more Wemmicks books for my church library, due to all the rave reviews here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Special Book Nov. 19 2003
Whever you feel like life is beating you up so hard that nothing can take the burden off you sholders, there are book that sometimes teach you the unspoken words that you need it to hear. In "You are special", Max Lucado makes it clear: there is in every person a character like Punchinello, but to evfery Puchinello there is a Personage (a Beign greater that the knowledge of man can capture) like Eli who can wrap you in His love and make those hard moments fade away.
This book ends with the ritual thoughts of mankind: "What are other thinking of me?" or "Am I special to anyone in this world?" It expands the persuasive emotions of being love by Someone that sometimes in this fast-going world we forget to give a minute of our thoughts. It opens the door to be more spiritual and less skeptical.
Also, this book is really easy to follow because the language is simple. The illustrations are GREAT!! It really give a feel to the story.
Beside the Book of Mormon and the Bible, this book has tought me that indeed God love me and that He exists. To me, personally, there is no greater reward or medal in this world that God's love because He created me, a simple person in the immense world.
The money you spent in this book will be worth it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An important read for Everyone March 30 2003
Although this book is religeous in tone - and not subtly so, the lesson is a powerful one I have shared with my friends who are not religeous. It has been loved and embraced by all I have shared it with! With children's books today being centered around goofy graphics and rediculous, substanceless characters and plot lines (usually and offshoot of the latest cartoon character), this book is a welcome change. Max Lucado brings the concept of positive and negative comments into an easily understood concept of stickers - stars are good, and dots are bad. He gently points out that although you can't escape the stars and dots habits of the world around us, you can begin to realize that it doesn't matter what people say about you or "stick on you" - You are special, you are loved, you are a unique and wonderful individual simply because you're you.
I recommend this for all people, whether they have families or not, because it's a simple, fun tale, written in an engaging style with beautiful illustrations that conveys a concept that is important to all of us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A major gift of love and acceptance . . . May 25 2001
Until my sister told me of this book, I would never have even given it a second look. Max Lucado is not my favorite author by any stretch of the imagination, but this one goes above and beyond any of those deep instructional books he and others have sent out to the world. It's simple, and the story goes right to the heart of the reader. It's definitely a great purchase for yourself or as a gift for others.
The story is about a land where beautiful people receive stars, and those not-so-beautiful people receive spots. The Stars naturally all hang out together. The Spots don't really have a group - like us they tend to feel scorned and lonely after awhile. This story is about Punchinello, a small lad with more spots than most, who just wants to be liked. He learns of the Woodcarver who made them all, and gets the courage to visit . . . and begins to just sit and talk like a friend with his maker.
My sis gave it to me as a gift - she said I was one of those strange people that loved kids' stories (and I hope I always will!), but would still get the real meaning behind it. Well, I did. I hope you'll take the chance to read it, and see just what a great story it is, too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "THE STICKERS ONLY STICK IF YOU LET THEM." Jan. 4 2001
This is a story about a Wemmick (small wooden person) named Punchinello. All the Wemmicks were carved by a woodworker named Eli. "Each Wemmick was different... but they all lived in the same village."
Every day the Wemmicks did the same thing, they gave each other stickers. The gold star stickers went to smooth, finely-painted and talented Wemmicks; the gray dots went to the rough, paint-chipped, clumsy Wemmicks. This is where Puchinello fits in. He always got gray dots. No matter how hard he tried, he never measured up to being worthy of a gold star to the other Wemmicks. He became very discouraged with gray dots all over him. Then one day he met a happy female Wemmick named Lucia who had no stars or dots and decided to take her advice and go see Eli the woodworker.
The next day, Punchinello went to see Eli. Eli called him by name. Punchinello was confused, wondering how Eli knew his name. Eli replied with "Of course I do. I made you." Eli picked up Punchinello and mentioned he had some bad marks. When Punchinello tried to explain stating "I didn't mean to Eli, I really tried hard." Eli told him he didn't have to defend himself. "I don't care what the other Wemmicks think." Punchinello was confused again. Eli then told him: "ALL THAT MATTERS IS WHAT I THINK. AND I THINK YOU ARE PRETTY SPECIAL."
The ending is wonderful! I won't give it away, but another reviewer was right when she said that this book should be read at the start of every day. YOU ARE SPECIAL is a life-changing book and a must own! You will not be disappointed. I highly recommend reading this with your child on a regular basis. (I say "with" and not "to" because this book is for everyone of all ages!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth It.
The book arrived in time that it said it would. I bought it used, and I did notice a rip or two, but considering how much I absolutely love the book, and will most certainly become... Read more
Published 10 months ago by lilypeanut
5.0 out of 5 stars You are valuable
Excellent book, and a great message for all ages.
Knowing how much we are loved by our creator and
keeping our focus on Him,( and not on the acceptance or rejection of... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Colleen Sandre
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This book is a blessing; I can read it over and over, and share it with people of all ages, and it touches their hearts.
Published 12 months ago by A Reader and a Writer
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Special
This is a beautifully designed and illustrated spiritual book for toddlers and children. It is also very well written, and it is enjoyable to read in its own right. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Dr. Bojan Tunguz
5.0 out of 5 stars Good message
This is another story about Punchinello who is a Wemmick, a wooden person in a village of wooden people. Read more
Published on July 30 2010 by Steven R. McEvoy
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful children's book
This book is so touching. It was just the message my seven-year-old son needed to hear, growing up in the midst of a world that so often judges by appearance and popular opinion,... Read more
Published on July 8 2004 by Spring Barnickle
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Message!!!
This book is an awesome tale with a message for young children. This book teaches children to love themselves just as they are, no matter what anyone else says. Read more
Published on Feb. 10 2004 by Arlena Flanders
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful parable for children
My family found this book heartwarming. While relaying the message that what others think of you doesn't matter if you don't let it the book entertains and endears you to it's... Read more
Published on Feb. 8 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely love this book
This book is so impacting, I actually had my parents read it, not just my kids. The truth in this book is that we get our self-worth from God, and it tells it in a unique way. Read more
Published on Nov. 12 2003 by heather
5.0 out of 5 stars An all-time favorite!
I first encountered this book when one of my students brought it to school. It has since become one of my all-time favorite books! It has a beautiful message of self-love. Read more
Published on Sept. 13 2003 by LeeAnn Fitzgerald
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