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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Good News - Crossway Books; Reprint edition (July 15 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891079319
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891079316
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 0.8 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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By Dr. Bojan Tunguz TOP 50 REVIEWER on Jan. 15 2013
Format: Hardcover
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. It carries a very simple message – we are all God’s creatures, and he loves us despite (or sometimes even because) of our many flaws and defects. The labels and categories that we put each other in are irrelevant. What really matters is how God views us and what He thinks of us. All we need to do is accept God’s love and spend some time in His presence every day.

This is indeed a very touchy and feel-good allegorical story that bears a superficial resemblance to the core message of most monotheistic religions. However, the message diverges significantly from the true Christian belief. Yes we are God’s creation, and he loves us unconditionally, but our many flaws are real and not a part of God’s design. God doesn’t want to just love us – He wants to save us from those flaws. Pretending that those flaws don’t exist will not help us either in our everyday life or in our relationship with God.

Furthermore, even if you buy into this book’s core message, the story is pretty heavy-handed and in-your-face preachy. It is really not a story at all, but a very straightforward moralizing narrative.

“You Are Special” is undoubtedly written with the best of intentions, which can indeed be said about most of spiritual writing that is out there. However, I would advise Christian parents who are serious about their faith to stay away from it. It is potentially a very confusing book, and could require a lot of explaining and correcting down the road. To those parents I would recommend a simple prayer book for toddlers or even one of the beautifully written and illustrated Bible adaptations for children.
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Format: Hardcover
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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By Hector Castillo on Nov. 19 2003
Format: Hardcover
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.
p.s. GOD LOVE YOU & ME.
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Format: Hardcover
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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