A Voice as Soft as a Honey Bee's Flutter

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 24 Feb 2020

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This was a beautifully illustrated children's book. It was nice to read a book that was about Bible Scripture but msde understandable to a child.
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I read through this book a couple times. The first time I wasn't too impressed. I loved the illustrations, but the story  didn't seem to have a good flow.

I decided to give it another try, and I liked it better the second time through. While the narrative still seems a bit odd, I think it's a good starting point for talking to kids about relationships and God, and how to hear God's voice when nothing else seems to be going right. I think it may end up being a favorite for many kids and one that they'll want to have read many times.

Again - those illustrations - so lovely.
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This book is beautiful. The illustrations are gorgeous and the story is sweet. My daughter loves it and I love that it helps her to understand listening to that still small voice. I highly recommend this book for every child!
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A wonderful book to teach children to trust in God! It speaks to children in a way that they will understand, and will help them listen for god.
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I received an advanced reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers.

This is a true tale told by the author about his brother when he was a little boy and he learnt how to talk, listen and believe in god. 
The artwork is beautifully presented and the story (based on a psalm from the bible and a true event in the authors life) is well created and worded for children. 
A beautiful story.
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This book is so sweet and precious. The illustrations are beautiful, and it's such a lovely way of studying and learning Psalms.
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This book is about how a boy named junior learned to listen to the small still voice of God,
The illustration was great and works beautifully well with the words.
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This beautifully illustrated book was a wonderful way to illustrate how a Bible verse can play an important role in a child's life. It is also a touching tribute to the author/illustrator's brother. As the only boy in a family of girls, he was a lively child who broke the mold but still found himself shaped by the biblical verse placed in his heart as a child of God and his preacher father.
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A Voice as Soft as a Honey Bee’s Flutter is a well written short story for children about learning to hear and listen to the voice of God. Junior just wanted to fit in and play with his sisters but they thought in he bad and made of snakes and snails. Often times he would let anger consume him but when it would he would hear a voice telling him to “be still.” One stormy night Junior had an encounter and the voice revealed itself. Junior then knew that God was with him. His life changed and it changed everyone around him too. I read this story to my 4 month old and will continue to read it to her as a way to teach her to listen for and heed the voice of God! 5 stars!!!!!
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Wonderful illustrations. I appreciated the idea of trying to take something tangible and available to everyone to describe a challenging concept. I also loved that the author honored his brother and his experience through this book. Well done.
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I don't read a lot of parables but the cover art on this one made me want to give it a try. I loved the illustrations throughout, and it turned out to be a cute story about trusting God to lead you in the right direction.
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I think this book would be of interest to those who are religious.. This book will appeal to a variety of people who worship and could be useful in crafting conversations about the fact that this is just one way to believe or have faith.
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*thank you to Netgalley, Discovery House Publishers and the author for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

4 stars.

This is a touching book. It's heart felt and told well, about a little boy who is spoken to by God. It was really sweet and I really liked the last pages of the book where we are told about his life and who he grew up to be. This is a beautiful book
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"A Voice as Soft as a Honey Bee’s Flutter" by Jan Spivey Gilchrist is an illustrative story about a boy's encounter with an inner voice that teaches him to stay still and calm. Junior, who is the son of a Christian preacher, is guided by this voice and protected during a thunderstorm. Junior has to determine if the voice is the memory of his dad’s voice, his own imagination, or God’s voice. After sharing his experiences with his father, Junior realizes he is hearing the voice of God. The story shows how obedience is important even when the guiding voice is soft as a bee's flutter. This 4-star read is great for young readers who enjoy metaphors especially those familiar with the Bible. A gentle presentation on how obeying the word and voice of God can impact everyday activities.
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What an amazing insightful children's story. This book should be in every home that has children. My grandchildren are all grown up now, but this would be a book that I would read to them over and over. I believe this would be one of their favorites too. The family dynamics pictured here, are true and typical to any present day family. I love the character Junior and appreciate the glimpse we get into his big heart. The watercolor pages are some of the best that I have ever seen. The story alone is great but with the artwork it becomes outstanding. I am sorry that I can only give this story 5 stars. I would rate this book a ten in every category. If you have a child or grandchild, you need this book. I received a complementary copy of this book from Discovery House through NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
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This is a wonderful story about Jr's experience with God. He was a different child who just wanted to fit in. He had the gift of preaching and remembering Bible verses. However it seems that his new found friends and fame went to his head, so God appeared to him. The book is a good reflection of Psalm 46.
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This illustrated book is a sweet message for children to "Be Still" when they feel angry or upset. It is a good reminder for adults too. It is a true little story lovingly told about Charles Spivey Junior, son of the Reverend Charles Spivey Sr. I like the stormy to peaceful feeling of the story. It isn't preachy by any means. It is a quick read to tell a child that he or she can be still in their hearts and know that the still and soft as a bee's voice is God.
The book is also 'softly' illustrated in  muted colors. I particularly like the illustration of Junior and his dad plus another page with a floral display with a bee hovering nearby. A young child could be prompted to be interactive with the book by looking for the solitary bee that is included on many pages of the book. 
This book can also be a really nice conversation starter for a child and adult. I like it very much.
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A Voice as Soft as a Honey Bee's Flutter tells the story of an encounter with God as experienced by Jan Spivey Gilchrist's brother when he was a child. A voice spoke to Junior; one that "knew his heart, calmed his spirit, and made him strong every day and everywhere." This voice would comfort him when he didn't seem to fit in and gave him courage when he needed it most, telling his anxious heart to be still.

What a timely reminder to simply be still and rest in the assurance that God is with me, that he is my "refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble" (from Psalm 46:1). I rest in this truth and am pleased to see a picture book for young readers that affirms this.

Jan Spivey Gilchrist is the award-winning author and illustrator of this beautiful book that is filled with heart-warming images that bring Junior's story to life. I especially appreciate those pages that speak to a father loving and guiding his son the way that Junior's did; edifying and encouraging him along the way.  If you read Nikki Grimes book The Watcher: Inspired by Psalm 121 (published in 2017), I think you might also really enjoy this one.
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I liked the art and the story. However, my toddler didn't get everything going on. I'll have to wait until kiddo is older and try again.
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The storyline didn't quite make sense to me. I'm familiar with the Bible verse it is based off and can infer what the moral of the story was, but I felt the author didn't portray enough of the story for a reader with unknown familiarity to grasp.
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