Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing was written by Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrated by Jago. It was published by Zonderkidz in 2012.

Lloyd-Jones wrote this after hearing about the bullying of her eleven-year-old niece. She wanted to show her niece God’s love and how her niece might learn to listen to God and love Him. There are over one hundred thoughts with eye-catching headings and appropriate scriptures.

For example, the first headline is “Dance” with a fascinating illustration of whirling planets. The thought is that at creation God was at the center of everything like the sun is at the heart of the planets. We were born to dance for joy (Job 38: 7). God shouted for joy.

The second continues with the headline “Cataclysm.” God’s perfect world was no longer perfect because we put ourselves in the center. But God had a perfect plan. He would send His Son, Jesus (Jeremiah 31:4).

Lloyd-Jones’ poetic style is heart lifting yet solidly based on scripture. Each illustration adds a new depth and dimension. Other intriguing headlines are “Loving Heavenly Father,” “Bird’s Nest” and “By the Hand.” Each one draws you in–wondering what could this mean?

Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing has a challenging depth and delivers what the title says. It will bring joy and comfort to many hearts from ages eight to teens. It would also be great for families gathered around the table for a time of sharing.

Carol Green, a graduate of Northwestern, is married and the mother of three adult children. Her five grandchildren affectionately call her “Grams cracker.” She is the published author of many poems for both adults and children; three coloring books: God Gave Me Five, ABC Fun Book, and Color God’s World Bright; and the picture book: My Mom Loves Me.