I Love You No Matter What: The Story of the Prodigal For Kids

The story of the prodigal son is popping up all over my world right now.

Nathan Clarkson has written some FABULOUS posts about it over at The MOB Society lately – this one is my favorite.

We talked about it at our Bible study this week as we’re going through Desperate. We even watched The Wonderful Wizard of Ha’s, the Veggie Tales retelling of the parable!

And then this book from Tommy Nelson arrived…

I Love You No Matter What

A little bit about I Love You No Matter What:

Prince Chirpio likes growing up as royalty, but his selfishness and thirst for adventure prompts him to leave the kingdom and fly off to where he can make his own rules. He soon discovers that adventures can be lonely, and he misses the love and protection of his father. Can he go back home? Will his father still love him? Luckily, his father the king is eager to welcome Chirpio back and to convince his young prince that he will always love him—no matter what.

I became very emotional as we read this book because THIS is what I want my children to know, both about my husband and I, and about their Heavenly Father.

The story is sweet and adorably illustrated, but more importantly is offers an age-appropriate illustration of unconditional love. We’ve been talking about love all month because of Valentine’s Day, but not romantic love. We’ve talked about loving one another through actions, loving each other with words, loving our enemies, and this love that God has shown us.

I was so pleased when the boys recognized this parable from reading it during previous Bible times, but even if your children have not heard it before, I Love You No Matter What is a great introduction to the story of prodigal son for young children. And it is a great way to end a hard day, reminding your children that YOU love them no matter what they have done!

I would love to bless one of you with a copy of this precious book! Just enter the giveaway below! 

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*I received this book to review as a Tommy Mommy. I was not compensated in any other way for this review, and all opinions are 100% my own!

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  1. I think my favorite parable is the widow who gives her small coins. A poignant reminder to give sacrificially.

  2. The thing I like {MOST!} about the prodigal son story is it was the basis of a talk I heard at a retreat the day I decided to follow Jesus when I was a junior in high school. Afterward, the music team played “Growing Young” by Rich Mullins. My life hasn’t been the same since.

  3. We just watched that Veggie Tales too. It always make me tear up!

  4. I love the story of the prodigal son! how cool is this!

    thanks for the opportunity…and for sharing this book.

  5. I think most about the parable of the sower. I am inspired most by the parable of the talents and I relate most with the parable of the prodigal son! Would love to get my hands on this book for my boy–thank you for the giveaway!

  6. I love the prodigal son – reminders of how God loves us no matter the mess we get into.

  7. I love the prodigal son story. Always a good story to read over and over.

  8. My favorite parable is either the prodigal son or the good Samaritan.

  9. Heather L. says:

    This book sounds amazing! I love the parable of the talents because it reminds us to utilize the gifts the Master has given us for HIS glory!

  10. Erin in CO says:

    My favorite parable(s) are prodigal and the talents…always challenge me.

  11. I like the parable of the sower

  12. I just found your blog! I am gearing up to homeschool my twin boys next year in the 2nd grade. I am very excited about this opportunity to spend more family time with my children, as well as dig deeper into the Bible with them. This book looks great!

  13. The parable of the lost coin.

  14. My community group just started reading Return of the Prodigal Son and I’m finding I have so much to learn about this parable. I’d love to share this story with my girls!

  15. This is a lesson that I strive to teach my children everyday. My love is unconditional. I would love to have this book!

  16. I like the story of Martha and Mary when Martha is rushing around trying to make everything perfect, but Mary sits at the feet of Jesus. Reminding us what is truly important.

  17. My favorite parable is the one with the workers in the vineyard who are hired late in the day but receive the same pay as those who worked all day long. This challenges my thinking about generosity and what we consider to be fair in today’s world. It is also a comfort to know that even deathbed conversions are gladly received by our Savior.

  18. thisismy favorite story Gods mercy and love always amaze me

  19. ColleenMarie82 says:

    One of my favorite parable’s is the parable of the Good Samaritan

  20. I love the Prodigal Son and The Good Samaritan