Christ's Cake

Howza bout a little slice of religion for dessert? 

*Everyone needs a little more G-d in their life, I suppose  
*Kind of cool how the illustrator, Lon Eric Craven, piled each of Jackson's five birthday cakes on top of each other in the dream sequence
*I altered the way the kid hurt himself (he trips and falls on flat ground and breaks his arm) so it could be an instructive way to teach my son not to play on the stairs in our house

*There's just no way around saying it:  Carolyn Snelling was inspired to teach kids about Jesus and crafted a children's story around this goal instead of writing something that organically got there 
*Whoa, whoa, whoa -- the kid forgot his words on stage, mutters some non-sequitur about the cake he made, and the audience cheers -- while it isn't inconceivable that parents would support a five-year-old who says something random at an inopportune time, it's also not something that should be praised (assuming you don't want your son getting swirlied in the boys' bathroom every week) 
*I wasn't quite sure why Jackson felt that accidentally breaking his arm would cause JC to not love him as much -- if the point was to demonstrate that JC loves everyone regardless of their actions, I would have had Jackson DO something bad, not HAVE something bad happen to him

Let me be the first to say that I shouldn't have agreed to reviewing something with such an obviously religious title.  I don't think I will ever fully share the mindset or life experiences of the target audience.  So, please take my rating with a grain of sugar.  That said, it's just wasn't that interesting a book.  For those of you offended by me saying this, let me beg you to remove the Christ component from it and then ask yourself whether this cake would taste nearly as sweet.  Probably not, right? Now try paying $22 for such a 'delicacy'.  Almost a sin, wouldn't you say?  [I'm all for authors making a buck, but c'mon, 22 dollars for something that looks self-published (even if it's not)!]  In conclusion, CC was teetering on the brink of being a Destroy, but a higher power instructed me to give it the benefit of the doubt.

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