The Gospel According to Dr. Seuss
The stories of one of the world’s most beloved children’s authors are both imaginative and entertaining. But a closer look at Dr. Seuss’s stories reveals that many are inspirational as well as instructive. James Kemp has identified as his favorite theologian not Barth or Pannenberg, but the inimitable Dr. Seuss. In this readily accessible resource, Kemp finds parallels between the actions of cats in hats, Grinches, Snitches, Sneetches, and other Creachas and lessons found in Scripture. Thus, as the author shares his enthusiasm for the creativity and wisdom of Dr. Seuss, both the meaning and the relevance of many Bible passages come to life.
The Gospel According to Dr. Seuss Leader’s Guide
The Gospel According to Dr. Seuss has been one of Judson Press’s best-selling books in recent years. Its many lessons can be taught simply enough for children to understand, yet they are profound and significant enough to contribute to the spiritual growth of adults. This leader’s guide offers readers the process of applying these lessons in their own walks of faith. Multi-age and intergenerational in scope, participants will have numerous opportunities to share their testimonies:
•What people in our lives, for example, remind us of Horton the elephant, whose faith cannot be shaken?
•In what ways are we more like the Grinch who stole Christmas than we care to admit?
•How can we fight the temptations faced by those image-conscious Sneetches, who were a bit too fond of comparing themselves to others?
This study guide has been developed for use among four age groups:
The Parables of Dr. Seuss
This breezy and engaging book will delight the Dr. Seuss fan in all of us. Robert Short looks at spirituality in the stories of children’s book author and illustrator Theodore “Dr. Seuss” Geisel, arguing that Geisel was “a first-class Christian thinker.” The book explores Green Eggs and Ham, Horton Hears a Who, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and others.
Short writes in the introduction, “When I first became acquainted with his books and was struck by the many parallels I saw between his work and what is said in the Bible and by Christian faith, I considered these similarities to be merely ‘happy accidents.’ Today I still see these parallels as ‘happy,’ but I’m now convinced that they are not merely ‘accidents.'”
Exploring religion in film, the spirituality of television shows, and meaning found within popular culture.
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