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When God Gave Us Words

Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, Darcy Day Zoells (Illustrator)


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Words. There are long words and short words, nice words and mean words. There are silly words, scary words, and hard-to-spell words. There are so many words in our world But where did they all come from?

Award-winning childrens book author Sandy Eisenberg Sasso tells a creative tale about the origin of words, and the power of language, in When God Gave Us Words. Inside this innovative childrens book, God gives the power of words to humankind. At first, God and the angels are pleased with how people use words, but over time they start to use words to make curses, lies, and threats. The angels beg God to take back the gift of language, and just as God is about to take it back, new, beautiful words begin to fill the air. When God Gave Us Words features imaginative illustrations by Darcy Day Zoells.

When God Gave Us Words is a 2018 Spirituality & Practice Award Winner

Flyaway Books, 9781947888012, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 18, 2018

About the Author

Sandy Eisenberg Sasso is the Director of Religion, Spirituality and the Arts Initiative at Butler University and Christian Theological Seminary. She is also Rabbi Emerita of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck and the author of Midrash: Reading the Bible with Question Marks and award-winning children’s books including God's Paintbrush and In God's Name. She is the coauthor of Who Counts? 100 Sheep, 10 Coins, and 2 Sons, which was a 2018 Junior Library Guild Selection.