god went to beauty school

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Answering the question Joan Osborne asks in her song What If God Were One Of Us, Cynthia Rylant introduces readers to a God who, among other things, goes to beauty school, makes spaghetti, gets arrested, and dies. Rylant paints a picture of God as someone experiencing human things. Told through poetic form, readers are able to visualize God as an individual involved in the mundane things of the world.

From God Went to Beauty School by Cynthia Rylant. Copyright © 2003 by Cynthia Rylant

He went there to learn howto give a good permand ended up just crazy about nailsso He opened up His own shop."Nails by Jim" He called it.He was afraid to call itNails by God.He was sure people wouldthink He was beingdisrespectful and usingHis own name in vainand nobody would tip.He got into nails, of course,because He'd always lovedhands--hands were some of the best thingsHe'd ever doneand this way He could justhold one in Hisand admire those delicatebones just above the knuckles,delicate as birds' wings, and after He'd done thatawhile,He could paint all the nailsany color He wanted,then say,"Beautiful,"and mean it.[From God Went to Beauty School by Cynthia Rylant. Copyright © 2003 by Cynthia Rylant. More on Cynthia Rylant at HarperCollins Children's Books.

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