The Power of Hidden Messages
By C.C. Gevry
A Christmas Kindness tells the story of eight-year-old Robert, who visits the mall Santa on Christmas Eve with his long wish list. While in line, he strikes up a conversation with the boy behind him, Glenn. This boy with dirty sneakers, holey jeans, and coat sleeves that don’t quite cover his wrists, only wants one meaningful gift from Santa. Robert is floored. When it’s Robert’s turn to talk to Santa, he’s in a quandary. His wish list doesn’t seem so important after hearing Glenn’s one and only wish.
Though this book is not Christian fiction, it has what some might call “Christian values.” I tend to call them “human values.” Thinking of others and helping those in need aren’t only concepts taught in the Bible; though Jesus preached and showed by example the importance of thinking of and serving others.
I recently read a wonderful book titled,The Christmas Owl, by Angela Muse. It is the story of an injured Barred owl who must ask other animals for help and how he repays their kindness year after year. This book encourages young people to be thankful and have a servant’s heart.
Ricky’s Christmas Tree by one of my favorite children’s authors/illustrators, Guido van Genechten, tells the story of young Ricky (a bunny) who is eager to decorate for Christmas, but his parents are too busy. Dad begrudgingly takes Ricky on his tree quest, as long as they make it quick. While Ricky takes in all the winter beauty and fun around him, his father pushes him to find the tree so they can get back home. Then the tree falls off the sled. It could be a horrible moment, but Ricky’s enthusiasm draws Dad and Mom into experiencing the joys of the season.What a fun and wonderful reminder of the importance of cherishing every moment with our children.
What these two stories, and hopefully mine, have in common is that the message is tucked inside what the characters are experiencing. They don’t come out and tell you, “so be nice and think of others,” or “be sure to spend time with your kids.” The characters show you by their actions. The goal should be to empower readers, not preach to them. In order to do that, your message needs to be nearly invisible.
I hope your readers will share their favorite books with hidden messages today. Thanks for inviting me to your blog, Abi. It’s always a blessing to be here. Wishing everyone a peaceful and joyful Christmas.
About the book:
Eight-year-old Robert is eager to share his wish list with Santa at the mall on Christmas Eve. When he meets Glenn, who has only one request for Santa, Robert is confused over what he should do. Can he cast aside what he wants and ask Santa to bring his new friend a special gift?
About the author:
C.C Gevry is a children’s author from Western Massachusetts. A Christmas Kindnessis her first book with 4RV Publishing. She is also a member of the SCBWI. Ms. Gevry is married with two young children and a son who is married. Visit her online at http://ccgevry.com