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In God's Hands:

A book from Jewish Lights, SkyLight Paths’ sister imprint

The people of the world set out to find God's name, and each seeker is sure that he or she alone has found the right name. With poetic text and vibrant illustrations, this modern fable celebrates the diversity and unity of all people.

Lawrence Kushner and Gary Schmidt
Illustrations by Matthew J. Baek

9 x 12, 32 pp | Full-color illus. | 978-1-58023-224-1

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A Charming tale to remind us all that our kindness works miracles.

“When the sun sets and stars fill the sky, the square in the little town grows quiet and still. The cool air of distant hills mingles with the sweet scent of baking bread. The moon rises and glows softly. It’s the sort of place where miracles could happen.”


David and Jacob live in the same little, ordinary town, but it’s almost as if they’re from different worlds. David is so poor he can barely feed his family. Jacob is so consumed with staying rich he thinks about nothing but money. But the two men have one thing in common: they both believe that miracles are big, magical things that can only happen somewhere else, to someone else.

But when Jacob wakes up from a nap in synagogue one day, sure that God has demanded twelve loaves of bread from him, all this changes in amazing ways you’d never expect.

A delightful, timeless legend based on Jewish tradition, In God’s Hands tells of the ordinary miracles that occur when we really, truly open our eyes to the world around us.

Endorsed by Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish Religious Leaders

 “Lovely ... combines a good tale with a strong, easily understood message.”

American Library Association’s Booklist starred review

 “This modern parable, beautifully written and illustrated, is destined to be a classic in the simplicity of its story and the depth of its insight into what ‘miracles’ really are.”

Dr. Eugene J. Fisher, associate director, Secretariat for Ecumenical & Interreligious Relations, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

“Highly recommended.”

Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter

“God has no body here on earth but our body, no hands but our hands … There is no simpler or more important wisdom tale than this one, explaining our role in God’s plan to help one another through the mysterious and miraculous power of giving and receiving.”

Reverend August Gold, author, Where Does God Live? and Does God Hear My Prayer?  

 “Uplifting.... Unwinds with a crisp rhythm ... gently stylized paintings exude a timeless feel.”

Publishers Weekly starred review

“What a beautiful and moving story. In God’s Hands gives us reason to believe in miracles once again.”

Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, author, God’s Paintbrush and Adam & Eve’s First Sunset: God’s New Day  

 “A marvelous book, cleverly illustrated. The story is well told and enjoyable, the message clear.... Illustrates the hidden lines of connection that link us together as human beings.... Highly recommend[ed].”

Church & Synagogue Library Association

“A perfect story for anyone who has ever prayed for a miracle. Or received one.”

Eric Kimmel, author, Wonders and Miracles: A Passover Companion