Friday, December 1, 2017

Book Review: The Beginner's Gospel Story Bible

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Notable features of The Beginner's Gospel Story Bible by Jared Kennedy from the Publisher:

  • Gospel-centered Bible stories expressed in ways that speak to toddlers and preschoolers.
  • Children will learn the good news of God’s love for them.
  • Traces God’s perfect promises through fifty-two Old and New Testament stories.
  • Brightly colored illustrations by Trish Mahoney highlight each story and add fun [teaching] elements [such as counting, opposites, patterns, and object recognition] to keep young children’s attention.
  • Each story ends with a question that parents and caregivers can use to reinforce the message.


My Thoughts:

There is much to love about The Beginner's Gospel Story Bible by Jared Kennedy. As noted in the Publisher's description, this book has a lot of visual appeal and fun elements that make it a joy to read with toddlers and preschoolers. These engaging teaching elements combined with frequent questions make it a delightfully interactive book. The Beginner's Gospel Story Bible also contains a lot of amusing words and interjections like "Pop!", "Sssluuuurrrrrp", and "Hooray!" Most importantly, the entertaining aspects of this book are not an end in themselves but a means to communicating the glorious truth of the Gospel to young people: they are sinners in need of a Savior, Jesus Christ. Throughout the story Bible, key truths to remember, most often pointing to God's character and work, are highlighted in bold letters, and each lesson seeks to point to Jesus Christ in some way. While the connection to the larger redemptive storyline wasn't always clearly demonstrated and the main point of the Biblical account wasn't always the focus of this author's retelling, this story Bible was generally faithful to the text of the Bible and clearly presented the Gospel throughoutThe Beginner's Gospel Story Bible is a fun and worthwhile addition to the libraries of those with toddlers in their lives.

(Please note, The Beginner's Gospel Story Bible does contain artistic depictions of Jesus Christ.)

**Many thanks to New Growth Press and Litfuse Publicity Group for sending me a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion!


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