Jacketed Hardback


Ages 3-7


$16.00 (discounts vary)



There are long words and short words, nice words and mean words.

There are silly words, scary words, and hard-to-spell words. 

There are so many words in our world! But where did they all come from?


Award-winning children’s book author Sandy Eisenberg Sasso tells a creative tale about the origin of words, and the power of language, in When God Gave Us Words. Inside this innovative children’s book, God gives the power of words to humankind. At first, God and the angels are pleased with how people use words, but over time they start to use words to make curses, lies, and threats. The angels beg God to take back the gift of language, and just as God is about to take it back, new, beautiful words begin to fill the air.  When God Gave Us Words features imaginative illustrations by Darcy Day Zoells.

When God Gave Us Words is a 2018 Spirituality & Practice Award Winner!

A downloadable activity page inspired by the book is available to readers at www.flyawaybooks.com/resources.


“Beautifully illustrated . . . [a] recommended addition to family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library collections.”

—Midwest Book Review

“The gift of language becomes relevant and real in this original tale.”

—Kirkus Reviews

“An imaginative tale about God's desire to give people language.”

—Spirituality & Practice

“A creative way of explaining how words came to be.”

—Kids' BookBuzz

“Inspiring without being overly sentimental, this book is a nondenominational meditation on the beauty and power of shared expression.”


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Louisville, KY 40202

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