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Because I Love You

4.43 of 5 stars 4.43  ·  rating details  ·  1,969 ratings  ·  68 reviews
A long time ago a wise man named Shaddai built a wonderful village for children to live in. He talked to them and sang for them and told them stories. He gave them everything they needed. And with his own hands Shaddai built a protective wall around their village, rock by rock.

He did all of this for just one reason--because he loved them.

One day Paladin, the village's most
Hardcover, 31 pages
Published February 3rd 1999 by Crossway Books (first published January 1st 1999)
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I take my hat off to Max Lucado for this series of books. It brings the whole concept of God's love home to little ones in such a special way that adults benefit from it too. Leonie (for some reason) cannot stop looking at the page where Palladin gets lost and sits on the ground crying. Heinze's illustration shows that Shaddai is coming in the distance, so Leonie whispers: "He's coming!" after which we have to go to the next page and then she'll stare at the image of Shaddai with Palladin in his ...more
Oct 08, 2009 A. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: age 8 and younger
I like the illustrations and the plot.

Indirectly, it teaches children that God loves his creation.

God sets boundaries for people to protect them like this man built a wall to protect the children in his village. If God wants to prevent us from wrong doing, He can, but that not what He wants...He wants us to have a free will. Similarly, this man made holes in the wall to teach the children how to control their inner voices.

...and when they make mistake God is ready to this man who wa
Really touching book that has beautiful, sunlight-filled paintings.
To be honest, though, I always used to get really creeped out at the part when the boy, Paladin, is walking in the forest and then he finds that the wall's closed up and he can't get back home. //shudders// Nightmare fuel.

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*sighs* I love this book. A lot.
Max Lucado has weaved a tale that is a take on real life. It's religious, I'll warn you, but it's good. Rich in storyland fiction.

The children all love him. He loves the children. And he builds a wall.
This Wall has no holes. None of the children can get out, and the little boy illustrated on the cover wonders why.
"Because I Love You."
Suddenly, there is a hole in the wall (wow, that was definitely sudden).
The boy climbs through it. Outside is beautiful. Outside is
Denise Kerns
GOD:BY= Georgia Kerns

This story is talking about how God is always their for you even when you've done something wrong. Sometimes you think that it's God's fault for letting the situation happen to you, but always remember in the bible it says "I will never leave you or forsake you". Always make sure you read your bible everyday. It's funny that I thought of this verse because I don't even read the bible and where I here that verse at is from the word of the Lord I hear at church.
Jessica Rawden
Ah, Christian fiction. I knew people were often not on board with this book, finding it to not be kosher, if you will (had to), but I didn't know why until I picked it up. It's kind of a shame that this book is a super Christian message about the maker and not just a lesson learning story or a cultural teaching story. It's really a shame because Mitchell Heinze's artwork has a real texture to it that I liked. I wish that people wouldn't bulldoze their faith around and would instead try to just t ...more
Madi Sharp
I absolutely loved this book. It has such a wonderful message that everyone can learn from. It taught that we can always come back if we go astray. The man in the story is very similar to Christ and I could relate to the little boy. He wanted to see what is on the other side of the wall even though he was told it wasn't safe. Often times people have to learn the hard way. It also showed that Christ is always looking out for us even before we call out to Him.
Ashlyn Phillips
I really loved this book and the message that it had. Though it may not be entirely correct with LDS doctrine I really did like it. I thought that it was relatable to us here on earth now and how we get lost when we don't heed God's word, but he is always there to help us and lead us home. I would read this to my children and try to teach them about His love.

-On my test I accidentally mixed up this title with "you are mine", in the short answer section.
Great book to use in the class, at home, or at church. Great lessons that can be learned. We are protected by certain rules or guidelines but we are not forced to obey. We have agency and this book does a great job at teaching how important our choices are. It also shows that love is shown through teaching and letting the children choose for eh themselves. Many lessons that can be applied to many settings.
Toryn Coombs
This is such an inspirational book. The story is sweet and you can find so many connections to the idea of Christ and the role he plays in our life. I think that because one of the main characters is a child we are able to really understand the love that the man has for the child and the pure curiosity and innocence of the child. The art was beautifully done and went perfectly with the beautiful words written!
I LOVE Max Lucado and this book is a great addition. I love the parable style he uses and the illustrated pictures. Lucado uses such a strong love of God as he writes and it comes through in all his books.
A very good book. A great way to teach your children about free agency and the love their Heavenly Father has for them. He is always there, watching, and ready to rescue us.
Zach Hamrick
This book is really good. It really teaches students that parents and teachers set rules in place to not make their life terrible but to keep them safe because parents and teacher care about the student.
Timeless and classic. Cherish as a child, and still love dearly.
A wonderful analogy for teaching children & youth why our loving Heavenly Father gives us commandments, why He gave us the gift of free agency, and how He is always readily available to rescue us when we choose the wrong path (He already provided the way for us to return to Him by sending His Son to atone for our sins and be our Redeemer). His gift was given for all, but we each have the choice to accept His gift or not. All we need to do is call to Him with a "broken heart and contrite spir ...more
Ryan German
Pulls at your heart strings, has a good message
Apr 23, 2008 Sharlee rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone!
If I could add an extra star I would. This book is just SO good. I could read it over and over again. It's message is so amazing and it makes me tear up every single time I read it. I use it to teach about rules and why I establish rules in my classroom. It teaches about agency and Heavenly Father's love for all of his children. It talks about how well He knows us. It's just such an amazing book with so many different takes!
A warm tale of how much God loves us that he would protect us and keep us safe.

This is such a sweet book, I love how Max Lucado expertly shows children just how much God loves them and still makes it so they can understand, without making it a boring read for parents either.

*Taken from my books review blog:
Childrens parable about God and how he knows each one of us by name. He builds a wall to keep us out of sin, but for some reason we continue to want to get through the wall. Theres a hole in the wall. God wants us to stay with Him because we want to. Once we're entangled in sin it's hard to go back, but it's possible. God comes to rescue us, by sending His son Jesus.
This has beautiful artwork. What I didn't like was the message. The child was saved after he was told he wouldn't be. It blurs the line of authority and doing the right thing. I get that even after the child does the wrong thing that God saves him. But, in real life, that's not the case. So, it creates mixed feelings for me.
Mary Baker
This is a book for older readers. The illustrations are beautiful but the text and message is intented for older readers. People who really care about us are always there but let us decide and choose for ourselves. This story is very heartwarming and enlightening and reminds us that someone is always there.
I read this and don't get it. Is this guy supposed to be God. Is this a cult training manual for kids? What's with the wall...why does he have to build a wall, oh because he needs a life. it's plain creepy. But by all means enjoy your bearded Zeus god fantasy. Even my daughter says this is kind of strange.
Brianna Schrag
One day Paladin, the village's most curious child, discovers something troubling about the wall. Something that makes him wonder about Shaddai's love. Could there be a mistake? Young Paladin is about to discover the answer. And when he does, he will come to understand just how deeply he is loved.
Yes this is a children's book but it's nicely written. I went to a BSU meeting and it was actually read to us. Yeah, I felt like I was back in kindergarten but it was okay. It was such a beautiful story and one of the most inspirational children's books I have ever seen.
Bella's book... She loves for us to read to her. Seriously she LOVES it! She has all sorts of books but my faves to read to her are Christian children's books. Max Lucado's books are some of my favorite. Jason and I read his books so its cool to have Bella books by him as well.
Nov 18, 2008 Michelle rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!!!
This is one of my favorite books to give to children/babies for birthdays. I love this book! It teaches children to love themselves for who they are and that it it doesn't matter what other people think of them; that what only matters is that Heavenly Father loves them.
Another great lesson from Max Lucado! Sometimes we make the wrong choice, but we can be saved all we have to do is ask for help. This would be a wonderful book for jail ministry. Shows us that we can turn our life around, and that it is not too late to change.
This is probably my favorite kids book ever! Lucado tells the story so eloquently about a young boy who longs for adventure (don't we all) and strays away from the Master (representing God) and is found in the end....great!!!
Libby Sellers
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Brenda Wharton
what a beautiful story of the wise old man who creates a safe and loving place for children to live, but one of the children decides to see what is beyond the walls and finds out it's better in the saftey of the village
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