Book Reviews

Book Review: Why Do We Say Good Night? (Thornton/Ruiz)

“And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness” (Genesis 1:4). God made the light, and he can see through the night.

Champ Thornton, associate pastor at Ogletown Baptist Church in Newark, DE, knows that most kids fear darkness. We naturally can’t see well at night. Children’s imaginations flourish, and they see everything that they wish wasn’t there. Rommel Ruiz, the illustrator, brings together influences from theater, film, animation (like Cartoon Network), and mid-century design in this delightful book.  

Main Story

At bedtime, the daughter asks her mother why she always tells her “Good night.” The night is so scary. What is good about it? The day’s toys and lamp and bed become scary beasts and creatures and monsters.

But the Lord sees all. He is our shepherd and protector. The Lord made the night, and he made it good! He can see just as easily in the nighttime as he can in the daytime. It makes no difference to him, and it makes all the difference for us. The night isn’t any dimmer in God’s eyes. The Lord sees us when we sleep. He sees that our children’s toys remain as toys. They don’t become monsters waiting to eat our children. We are safe, and God is near. We should teach our children to pray the Lord would help them trust him more when they are in the dark. If they learn this now, they will be more prepared for the next time life throws them in the darkness. When they don’t know what to do, they will trust the God who sees.


The illustrations in this book are very well done, and Micah wanted us to read it again right after I finished it the first time. It’s a delightful read, with a simple but important message for children. They don’t need to muster up some hidden, deep-down bravery. They trust in Jesus, our loving, caring, powerful Shepherd. A great book that I warmly recommend.


  • Author: Champ Thornton
  • Illustrator: Rommel Ruiz
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Age Range: 4-11 years
  • Publisher: New Growth Press (October 21, 2019)
  • Read a sample

Find it on Amazon and New Growth Press!

Disclosure: I received this book free from New Growth Press. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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