What I imagine most is Marla chatting with Cynthia about this book, these poems, during their collaboration. And, me only wishing I could have been a fly on the wall... okay, actually a fellow reader/writer sitting with the both of them at the table as they chatted. Can you imagine? Cynthia Rylant, a writer's writer/illustrator. Marla Frazee, a writer's writer/illustrator. Two talents that God has put together to create this book... two talents that we all admire. Imagine.
Now there might be a few biblical scholars who would disagree with Rylant's interpretation of God. But, they can't argue with the fact that she's a brilliant writer who writes from her heart, a wordsmith beyond compare. And her words, coupled with Frazee's illustrations make a reader's heart happy. And who doesn't need a heart that's happy? God himself said so in Proverbs 15:13 and Proverbs 4:23. A happy heart is good medicine!
My favorite poem in the entire collection is "God Went to India." Perhaps it's because it reminded me of my mom and her love for elephants (I have two from her collection). Perhaps it reminded me of my daughter and her recent life-changing trip to visit the orphanages in India. But, perhaps it's because of this beautiful section:
God understands mourning
better than any other emotion,
better even than love.
Because He has lost
everything He has
You make life.
You make death.
The things God makes
always turn into
something else and
He does find this good.
But He can't help missing all the originals.
So, Rylant fans. So, Frazee fans. We have a new gem for our collections. Two of our friends have come together to create this special book. God does do good work. And, we can only hope that these new-found friends collaborate and come together on the pages of another book... sooner than later.
In the meantime, I'll be sitting at my table with the two of them, reading God Got a Dog. Imagining that they, too, were wishing that were HERE! Imagine.
... and our hearts are happy!