You Are His Masterpiece: Hope When Life Throws You a Curve, 2nd Edition

Judith Lacy Hewes, LCSW, illustrated by A.J. McCoy

Publisher: Youarehismasterpiece Publishing Pages: 54 Price: (paperback) $16.99 ISBN: 9781735801001 Reviewed: April, 2024 Author Website: Visit »

Judith Hewes comforts those who are grieving in this picture-book style message of God’s love for the brokenhearted.

Written to console a devastated mother after her baby was stillborn, Hewes’ message of God as the master designer of our lives aims to bring hope, comfort and peace to those suffering the loss of something precious. She writes, “Whether you’ve lost a child, a loved one, or your health to some devastating illness…or maybe you’ve lost our home, job, income, or perhaps your reputation…God, the Master Artist of our lives is there…to give you hope and turn you into the Masterpiece [He] designed you to be.”

Beautiful illustrations by artist AJ McCoy accompany Hewes’ simple, empathetic message in which she mirrors the struggles of Bible characters like Jonah, Job and Noah, with various feelings of grief. For example, she writes, “Like Noah, you may find yourself buffeted about in a tiny boat amidst the world-wide flood…of emotions.” The experience of turning each page anticipating the next amazing artwork feels reminiscent of childhood—snuggled in the arms of a caretaker, listening to the reading of a favorite story. Hewes’ message is doled out slowly and compassionately in a way that feels like a calming, uplifting literary hug.

For some, however, Hewes’ work may feel a bit too simple and brief. The artwork ends on page 30, and after just five pages of prose, she resorts to reprinting large sections of scriptures from the Bible to fill some of the book’s 53 pages. She includes an interpretive guide for the book’s artwork that may either come across as helpful or mildly insulting, as she points out obvious elements in the illustrations. The book ends with four pages of reviews by readers.

Despite its brevity—and what can seem like filler material—the book could be suitable as a unique gift for a grieving loved one or anyone suffering from loss.

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