Number the Stars is a book by American author Lois Lowry about the escape of a Jewish family from Denmark during World War II. The story centers on ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen, who lives with her Christian parents and precocious younger sister Kirstie in Copenhagen during the Nazi occupation. She risks her life to help her best friend, Ellen Rosen, by pretending that Ellen is Annemarie's late older sister Lise.
The story's title is inspired by a Biblical reference to God’s numbering of the stars in Psalm 147, also symbolized by the Star of David worn by Ellen on her necklace. The novel was awarded the Newbery Medal in 1990 as the "most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.”
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.
--Psalm 147:3-4 (NIV)
The powerful message of the play reminds us that God not only knows us, He acts upon His love for us and encourages us to do the same in a practical manner for those in need: "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in." --Matthew 25:35 (NIV)