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Children’s Corner — What Am I Feeling?

15 May

It’s show-and-tell day at school, and Sam and his friends are feeling lots of emotions. He wonders why he feels flippy in his tummy. And why is Alex stomping his feet? And does Hudson usually have such a big grin?

After several unchecked feelings threaten to ruin the big day, Sam and his friends start to learn how to give each emotion a name and ask God to help them remember that “a feeling is just a feeling—it’s not in charge of you.” In a world where kids are dealing with everything from sibling rivalry to bullying, divorce to tragedy, What Am I Feeling? offers a biblically grounded way for children to verbalize their feelings, develop empathy and self-control, and understand their wonderful God-given emotions.

BONUS! Also includes a pull-out feelings chart for your wall! 


Josh Straub (PhD) serves as Marriage and Family Strategist for LifeWay Christian Resources. Together, Josh and Christi (MA, MBA) also co-founded Famous at Home, an organization equipping leaders and their spouses in emotional intelligence and family wellness. They are Fellows of the Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling and host a weekly In This Together podcast and lead TwentyTwoSix Parenting. Josh and Christi have two fun and feisty kids, Landon and Kennedy.

My Impressions:

Feelings are confusing things, especially for kids. What Am I Feeling? by husband and wife Josh and Christi Straub is an easy way for parents and kids to start the discussion about their feelings. The book takes Sam, a fun-loving kid, through a school day which starts out with him feeling flippy in the tummy. He encounters his friends and the gamut of their feelings — happy, angry, sad, and jealous. Each child’s body language, actions, and words are described in relation to their feelings.  I loved the wise advice both Sam’s father and his teacher give. The kids are told to name their feeling and give it over to God. I also liked the fact shared that feelings do not have to control us. A cute book, this one is especially useful in teaching about the power of God and prayer in everyday situations. There is even a pull-out chart with illustrations of some feelings kids (and their parents) encounter in themselves and others. What Am I Feeling? is a good conversation starter and resource for parents. It helps put words to those elusive feelings.


Audience: kids ages 5-9 and their parents.

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(Thanks to B&H Publishing for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)