Recently a new book came in the mail for Liam. It’s called Win or Lose, I Love You, by Lysa Terkeurst. When I was asked if we wanted to read this book, I was excited. Liam, like many autistics, has a hard time with losing. He can’t fail at anything or his anxiety sky rockets, and he sometimes gets angry. Try as we may to work on this, he doesn’t seem to listen to what we say. I thought that a nice children’s book on the topic may be just the thing we need to reinforce this lesson.
I was happy when I read that this book was written by a mom, with five kids. Obviously a mom that has had to teach this lesson a lot. It also uses Bible scripture to help drive the lesson home. In the back of the book, Lysa has listed all the verses pertaining to winning and losing.
The book focuses on Lulu and Max, and their adventures with forest animals. They are playing games and having fun, but some of the animals aren’t happy about losing, and some of the winners are not nice winners. This book helps teach children that their value isn’t in winning and losing, it’s within themselves.
Win or Lose, I Love You will help children:
- Replace the selfish characteristics of competition with an understanding of how to treat others fairly
- Overcome the tendency to display poor sportsmanship by using Biblical truths to develop a Christ-like attitude
- Reject the labels of winning and losing and embrace that they are loved no matter how they perform.
As a mom of a boy that struggles with motor skills and planning, and more often than not, can’t compete with peers in games or sports, this is a lesson that needs to be reinforced a lot. To have in the game, don’t be concerned with winning or losing.
The illustrations are also very colorful and sweet. Liam really enjoyed the animals. Like his mama, he tends to relate better to animals than to people, so this book was up his alley.
Win or Lose, I Love You retails for $15.99 and you can get your copy at www.thomasnelson.com