Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Book Review: God's Great Plan

God's Great Plan
"Read it again, Mommy! I like this story!!"

These are the words that have greeted my ears every time I have read God's Great Plan to my three-year-old, even after we'd read it four times in a row! So, we've read it again and again and again and again, and it hasn't gotten old yet because this story of Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Consummation NEVER gets old! Melissa Cutrera has creatively written the Good News in rhyme to produce an engaging book for young children.

Like the Apostle Paul, Melissa Cutrera delivers to little ones what is "of first importance...that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures..." (1 Corinthians 15:3-4, ESV). She also accurately introduces theological concepts, incorporating the roles of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit, including how each member of the Trinity helps believers now. God has set apart a people for Himself for whom Christ intercedes and the Holy Spirit transforms. Furthermore, she communicates the fact that Jesus Christ is preparing a place for those who believe in Him. God's Great Plan is a theologically rich, yet simply written book.

God's Great Plan is also beautifully illustrated and includes artistic renditions of Biblical scenes that will be recognized by those who are acquainted with the Scriptures. The book would likely benefit from the additional of an appendix containing Scripture references for those who are newer to the Bible. (One could make his/her own insert to place in the back of the book if giving as a gift. Or perhaps the Publisher could make a printable insert for those of us wishing to send these as Christmas gifts. :)

I am grateful that Shepherd Press has produced a high quality book with thick, glossy pages which will hold up to frequent handling by young children because this Biblically faithful, well-written book is sure to be a favorite among the pre-reader crowd!! I highly recommend this delightful, Gospel-centered book for families and people with young children in their midst!!

Shepherd Press has produced a video reading of this book so that you can enjoy this lovely story with your family too! God's Great Plan is for sale on the Shepherd Press website and is currently 50% off (as of 10/16/13).

*Many thanks to Shepherd Press and Cross Focused Reviews for providing me with a complimentary copy of God's Great Plan in exchange for my honest opinion!

1 comment:

Melissa Cutrera said...

Thank you for taking the time to write this review and for your words of recommendation!