Be Like God
God's To-Do List for Kids
By Dr. Ron Wolfson
Jewish Life Publishing, 2012, 138 pages
Reviewed by Israel Drazin - July 20, 2012
Dr. Ron Wolfson's inspirational book for kids from 8-12 is based on the Jewish and Christian response to the ancient question, "What does God require of us?" The answer given is the Latin phrase imitatio dei, "imitating God": just as God is portrayed in the Bible clothing the naked (Adam and Eve), visiting the sick (Abraham), feeding the hungry (the Israelites in the dessert), helping the needy (the Israelites again), and burying the dead (Moses), among other acts, so we should imitate His behavior, which is obviously good since God is doing them. The concept in Judaism is based on Leviticus 19:2 and in Christianity on Matthew 5:48.
The book is composed in a clever manner so as to attract and stimulate youngsters to act. Each chapter, for example, has an entertaining story. Young people are encouraged to read each of the ten chapters, consider the behavior that the chapter discusses and the thirteen ways that Wolfson suggests that young people can do them. These are think about God calling you to do them, create your own to-do list, perform your to-dos, keep track, think about how this is changing your life, share your to-do list with others, read the list daily, and decide to do at least one to-do item daily.
Wolfson's ten chapters discuss how God and the youngsters create, bless, rest, call, comfort, care, repair, wrestle, give, and forgive. The book also has spaces where the youngsters are encouraged to write their ideas.