The Marvelous Mud House
by April Graney, Illustrations by Alida Massari
A TRUE STORY
When one reads a children’s book, they expect fairy tales and fantasy, dreams and wishes. Often they are filled with clever rhymes and silly stories. However, this children’s book is different. Very different. It’s a true story. A story of love and joy, and most importantly…a lesson learned in contentment. This is a story written with love, travel, blood, sweat, and tears. And, it is read with tears.
In The Marvelous Mud House, a family from Oklahoma took a trip to Kenya, and there they met Mama George and her son, George. And that trip was used by God to change more lives than anyone ever expected to. The most valuable lesson learned was one that is counterintuitive in today’s society: contentment. God’s Word tell us that, “But godliness with contentment is great gain,” (1 Timothy 6:6Open in Logos Bible Software (if available)), and we must learn to be content with what we are given. This trip to Kenya taught the children, and the family, that lesson as they sat for dinner in Mama George’s home, as it was filled with joy and love in place of board games, televisions, and other material possessions.
The family, especially the children, were so moved by God that they worked to support George’s dream of going going to school, supporting him financially so he can attend, and this year, he is going to be graduating from high-school! Glory to God!
As I read this book for the first time, I fought hard to keep tears from free-flowing as the love of God radiates from its pages. People often say that short-term trips, such as one this family took, are not of any real, significant value. I beg to differ, as The Marvelous Mud House proves quite the opposite. Both families in this story, in real life, have been changed by God forever, in ways that only God can. I exhort you to read this book for yourself, answer the questions in the back for yourself, and then do it with your family, answering as a family.
To learn more about April Graney, her family, George, and Mama George, go to her website at www.AprilGraney.com and read more!
Disclaimer: This book was sent to me for a review by BHbloggers.com (B&H Publishing and LifeWay).