Edwina: The Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct

Yes, again with the weird Mo Willems books. Today it’s Edwina: The Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct, a book about faith.The faith part isn’t on the cover or anything, but if you read this book and you miss that part you probably didn’t actually read the book.

Edwina is a dinosaur who does good things for people. She bakes cookies. She does favors. “Everyone in town knew Edwina.” and “Everybody loved Edwina… except Reginald Von Hoobie-Doobie.” Here’s where the conflict comes. Reginald, who “knew just about everything about just about everything,” was convinced that dinosaurs were extinct and spent all his energy convincing everybody of this absolute truth.

Thing is, nobody believed Reginald because everybody knew Edwina. Edwina baked them chocolate chip cookies. And Edwina was a dinosaur.

In the end, the only person who’ll listen to Reginald is Edwina. She listens patiently and even agrees with much of Reginald’s logic. The irony is thick as Reginald uses all of his arguments to argue that the dinosaur sitting in front of him can’t actually be there.

In the end, Reginald knows what the arguments say, and he thinks they’re convincing, but he decides to throw them aside. As the last page illustrates, how can you ignore a dinosaur baking you cookies?

This book explains exactly what Justin and I did in New York. Letting God live in us and touch people through us, we proved that regardless of what they’d been taught, God had to be alive.

I remember the words of my friend Nery to Justin as the two of them discussed arguments for the existence of God. Nery said, “I see what you’re saying and eh. But I see what you’re doing, and that’s why I’m sitting at this table.”

The people in this story thought Reginald’s arguments were empty, not because they weren’t well-thought-out but because they didn’t match up with what they’d experienced. They lived alongside a dinosaur. Reginald had no chance.

I think this is the best evidence for God around. I’ve lived with God. I’ve seen God work in my life. I’ve seen God work in my friends’ lives. And you want to convince me that He doesn’t exist? That just seems ridiculous.