A Precious Gift
The main theme is that of identity. We need to know who we are in God. Our identity is not to be found in our job or in the eyes of others. Our identity is to be found in being the unique person that God created us to be.
Manipulation of others is always wrong. It is a form of bullying that diminishes a character’s view of themselves. When self worth is rock bottom, we need others to build us up. “Another part of the wall surrounding her heart came down.”
An air of love pervades the story. We always blossom when we are loved. [She] “talks to me and listens to me. She makes me feel important.”