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Night of Mysterious Blessings by Sally Metzger - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway

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Book Details:

Book Title:  Night of Mysterious Blessings by Sally Metzger
Category:  Children's Fiction (Ages 5-8), 40 pages
Genre Picture Book/Early Reader
Publisher Elk Lake Publishing
Release date:   November 3, 2021
Format available for review:  print-softback (USA & Canada), PDF
Tour datesNov 7 to Dec 16, 2022
Content Rating: G. My book is rated G because it has a Biblical world view. 

Book Description:

Have you ever had great big tingly goosebumps? Or tossed and turned too long on a sleepless night? Have you ever seen tall shadows dance in your doorway? Or found a RELAX-let-go peace deep inside? In Night of Mysterious Blessings, you’ll share in the adventures of a boy and his beloved dog. Enter this curious, oh-so-mysterious night, and be amazed at what you see in the morning's light. Best of all, uncover the priceless key to worrying less and smiling more.

So many books stress God is always with us. How fantastic for a book to proclaim the Scriptural truth that God is also within. It's a lifelong gift for children to discover God makes his home inside them while their hearts are open to receive the mystery.

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Guest Post
A "Blessings Hunt"
The hotel room was dark. My husband was snoring away in the bed a foot or two in front of me. The only light was the faint glow of my laptop with my screen set on dim. I needed to go to bed too. I was supposed to be on vacation! But I was bumping up against a writing deadline, and my thoughts were racing: "I'll never finish this. I think I have WRITER'S BLOCK! I was working unsuccessfully on the crafts and activity suggestions for Night of Mysterious Blessings.

One activity I'd thought of before leaving on the trip was that readers could go on a "blessings hunt," making a list of large or small blessings each day. Then, at the week's end, they could share the list with a parent, grandparent, or someone special in their life.

As I worked on my suggestions in the dark on our trip, I reread the idea of the Blessings Hunt. Twice. Duh. Why not follow my own advice? What were my blessings at that moment?

For one, I had a writer's deadline. For years I'd wanted one of those. Moreover, I would reasonably soon join my husband on vacation. In addition, I did have at least one powerful activity for my little readers. My search for blessings worked perfectly to turn my thoughts around. As my gratitude level rose, so did my inspiration. People love the craft and activities section. Most importantly, I discovered for the first time—again—if I weren't the gatekeeper of my thoughts, I would be their victim. 

Early on, my young insomniac in Night of Mysterious Blessings is ruled and almost ruined by his thinking. He moans:

 

I flipped. And I flopped.

Uncovered and covered. My thoughts never stopped.

My problems were bigger than me that sad night.

I needed a friend. I just didn't feel right.

 

In my protagonist's struggle to sleep, he is focusing on problems. His dream companion, the Sandman, sprinkles not sand but timeless wisdom:

Magnificent child, this night has you stressed,

Yet all that you need is to know that you're blessed.

 

There is significant evidence that the quickest way for any of us to dispel anxiety is to practice gratitude. Gratitude can become as natural as blinking our eyes. Neural networks firing in negative patterns for years can be rerouted. Plus gratitude strengthens our connection with the Gift-Giver, the Friend we need when we "just (don't) feel right."

Whether we're trying to sleep, concentrate on a project, or taste the mustard and smell the marigolds, our thoughts can have a mind of their own (pun belatedly intended). Our brains are active, and thinking is what they do. We need to train the brain to s-l-o-w—d-o-w-n and notice the sights, sounds, experiences, and blessings of the now. Look at the sunset without running a play-by-play in your mind. Just gaze at the sky all ablaze. As blessing hunters and gatekeepers of our thoughts, we can free ourselves to experience life more fully.

Speaking of thoughts, I'm grateful to share some of mine with Jasmine's many followers on this exceptional site.

 
MY REVIEW
Night of Mysterious Blessings is a lovely children's book about a little boy who is struggling to fall asleep. He wishes the Sandman would pay him a visit and use his magic sand to help him relax and finally doze off. But when the Sandman appears, he imparts some very important wisdom on the little boy. 
This is a wonderful story with a a good, heartfelt message. It has an easy to read rhyming scheme to it, and the illustrations are delightful. It's a story about accepting that God is always with you, and He will always be able to comfort you and ease your fears. It's something I think every child would love to hear. Sometimes nighttime can be scary, and we let our fears/anxieties take over and cause restless tossing and turning, but with God watching over us and taking care of our worries, we can rest easy knowing that we will always be safe. 
A wonderful book for parents and their children to read together at bedtime (or any time, really).
5 stars!



Meet the Author:

As a teacher, spiritual director, and retreat leader, Sally Metzger has helped young people discover God’s boundless love for them for over 20 years. She developed and taught a course in faith formation for university students, religion teachers, youth ministers, and parents, and she is the author of two children’s books, Night of Mysterious Blessings and Jesus, Were You Little?

Sally has a Master of Theological Studies degree, focusing on pastoral care, and is active in chaplain ministry. Her message: It’s Raining Grace! And through God’s power, we can find and joyfully fulfill our purpose in life. Sally is married to her high school sweetheart, cherishes her children and grandchildren, and enjoys outdoor adventures and travel.

Connect with the Author: Website ~ Blog ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram ~ Goodreads 

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2 Comments

  1. Jasmine, I really appreciate your excellent review of Night of Mysterious Blessings. If the book helps people rely on God in moments of stress, I am greatly fulfilled. You are right in pointing out times of anxiety often come at night. I call this phenomenon “wearing night vision goggles.” I try to take those goggles off and look through the eyes of faith.

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  2. I enjoyed this too and will be sharing my review for the tour soon.

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