Laura Allen Nonemaker's book, Benny's Angel, is a sweet story for our younger kids. I LOVED her allegory of flowers in a garden and how Count Slime can come along and take all of their beauty and make it so we can not see how beautiful they really are. My favorite part of the story is when Marietta, the angel, comes and says:
"The flowers brought you great joy. If you keep praying and act as if they are still growing in the garden, Count Slime will see that he can not steal your joy. He will give up and leave your garden alone. The roots of the plants will grow strong and deep again and your beautiful flowers will return."And I say a hearty "amen" to that - I've had some Count Slime's in my life too - and what a fabulous picture for our young ones to see as they build their faith in a God who can also help "us to grow strong and deep" as we learn how to counteract our Count Slimes!!