What Am I Feeling?

9781535938181Description:

After several unchecked feelings threaten to ruin the big day, Sam and his friends start to learn how to give each emotion a name and ask God to help them remember that “a feeling is just a feeling—it’s not in charge of you.” In a world where kids are dealing with everything from sibling rivalry to bullying, divorce to tragedy, What Am I Feeling? offers a biblically grounded way for children to verbalize their feelings, develop empathy and self-control, and understand their wonderful God-given emotions.

About the Authors:

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Josh (PhD) serves as Marriage and Family Strategist for LifeWay Christian Resources. Together, Josh and Christi (MA, MBA) also co-founded Famous at Home, an organization equipping leaders and their spouses in emotional intelligence and family wellness. They are Fellows of the Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling and host a weekly In This Together podcast and lead TwentyTwoSix Parenting. Josh and Christi have two fun and feisty kids, Landon and Kennedy.

josh-straubJosh Straub

Josh (PhD) serves as Marriage and Family Strategist for LifeWay Christian Resources. Together, Josh and Christi (MA, MBA) also co-founded Famous at Home, an organization equipping leaders and their spouses in emotional intelligence and family wellness. They are Fellows of the Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling and host a weekly In This Together podcast and lead TwentyTwoSix Parenting. Josh and Christi have two fun and feisty kids, Landon and Kennedy.

My Review:

Unfortunately kids aren’t born with the ability to understand and express each of their emotions in appropriate ways. Discovering emotions and how to deal with them is a natural part of life. What Am I Feeling? Is a wonderful story that takes little minds on a journey into a classroom (on a dress-up day for added fun), to see what happens when Sam interacts with friends who are all experiencing (and expressing) different emotions. What I love is that it’s not just about the facial expressions but the behavior as well. Yes, a frown can tell you that someone is sad, but how can you tell by their actions? This story can be read straight through but there is plenty of opportunity for discussion and interaction with your child. The fact that the children are all dressed up as different careers make the story more fun and imaginative for them as well.

I would highly recommend this as a must-read with young kids! It would be a perfect addition to any home or church library. While I would see it as a great read for a Kindergarten classroom, there is mention of asking God for His help when struggling to deal with tough emotions so it depends on the school district if they would allow it.

*I received a copy of this book from B&H Kids Publishing. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.

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