“Tell me a story, Daddy …”

Our Spanish language edition is available now!

“This book is brilliant in every sense — theologically and artistically! David and Joan have created magical pages that sparkle with sacred truths too deep for words. I nodded and giggled (!) and my heart sang out with the turn of each page. I can’t thank you enough. I’ll be ordering it for every parent of every little girl (and boy) I know.”
~ Carter Heyward, Professor of Theology at Episcopal Divinity School (now retired).

“A remarkable book: a beautiful declaration of love and faith. Our daughters—and our world—desperately need the Divine Feminine now.”
~ Trista Hendren
, author of The Girl God, Mother Earth, and Tell Me Why

“When did we ever need so much imagination, on all the big questions, for the sake of future generations? Both the engaging text and the rich illustrations lead us to find God everywhere we look—and to be more alive because we do.”  
~ Larry Rasmussen, Reinhold Niebuhr Professor Emeritus of Social Ethics, Union Theological Seminary, New York City

“I love this book! For me it’s truly a ‘God-sighting,’ a beautifully drawn, winsomely told tale that invites us into deeper relationship with the Divine.”
~ Mary Hess, professor of educational leadership, Luther Seminary

“This book delighted me! Through gifted story-telling it offers children exactly what they crave: imaginative companionship in truth-telling. I love that it ends with the ‘sleeping bundle of trust.’ What could be better? Warmly recommended!”
~ Walter Brueggemann, Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary

“This beautiful book will change the way future generations see themselves, their God, and their world.”
~ Monette Chilson, author of Sophia Rising: Awakening Your Sacred Wisdom Through Yoga

“A joyous invitation to all children to see in their own creative energy and unique identity the very image of God.”
~ Pr. Heidi Neumark, author of Breathing Space: A Spiritual Journey in the South Bronx

“This richly colorful book is insightful and creative, with a powerful message of love for all God’s children.”
~ Marilyn McFarlane, author of Sacred Stories: Wisdom from World Religions

ACTA New Cover“Tell me a story, Daddy … about when God was a little girl.” Susanna’s playful request begins a whimsically profound tale woven between father and daughter. Together they retell the familiar story of creation, but with unexpected twists and insightful turns along the way. The exuberant joy of God’s creative energy sparkles in this tale that honors both interconnection and diversity. Between the gentle wisdom in the text and the beautiful paintings that accompany it, you may never think about God, creation, or yourself in quite the same way.

The book is available — right here!

It’s also usually kept in stock at these stores: 

In the Twin Cities-
+ Ten Thousand Villages, 520 Selby Ave., St. Paul, MN 55102
+ Red Balloon Bookshop, 891 Grand Ave., St. Paul 55105

It will only stay on store shelves if it sells OFF store shelves. Please support the stores that carry the book. When you buy a copy in person, let them know you’re glad it’s there!

Also, any bookstore in the U.S. can carry it. It’s available to them direct from our publisher, Saint Mary’s Press, or through Ingram, a national book wholesaler. Ordering it through your local bookstore — especially if you talk it up before and after the order — encourages them to carry it for others to see, too.

Contact us: whengodwasalittlegirl@gmail.com

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11 thoughts on ““Tell me a story, Daddy …”

  1. Jamie McCornack

    I received my copy on Sunday and absolutely LOVE it! Just ordered more copies as I can’t wait to share this with my friends.

  2. Just got this book… it’s amazing, and profound, and simple, and beautiful! Highly recommend!!!!

  3. I read this to the children in church this morning. I got lots of positive comments.

  4. Amy

    Also available at Barnes&Noble in Burnsville. I will talk it up every chance I get. 🙂

  5. I bought this book after seeing the review on the Storypath blog. As a minister at a liberal Baptist church, I am so grateful for books that present a theology that I can share with the children (and adults) without worrying about the negative ideas they may be learning. Thank you so much for a book that expresses so many wonderful images of God and God’s creation. I especially like the embracing of darkness as embodiment of Love and the many different ways you show the creative spirit — music, gardening, art, etc.

  6. what a lovely way to introduce children to God’s Love!

  7. I hope this will be ok with you, and if it is not, I’ll take it down right away. I had a Dad and his daughter read this together during message time one Sunday at church when I couldn’t be there as the Pastor. It was a great sermon, and I’ve added it to our podcast, but included a link to this site so people can by the book. I’m hoping that by giving you credit, linking to your website, and letting you know, plus offering to remove it, that you’ll be ok with it.

  8. Oriana

    I love this story

  9. Pastor Cynthia Baxter

    I’m reading this story for the children’s sermon over the next 7 weeks. We are going to make a banner that will include each part of the story (although I have not quite figured out how to make cloth people). It will be ready to display on Easter. Maybe I will be able to post a photo

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