A few months ago I received a review copy of the new children’s book, God’s Love: A Bible Storybook, and eagerly anticipated reading it and offering my impressions of the work. But I made a mistake.
I took it home.
For the next six or eight weeks it was virtually invisible. Every once in a while I’d see it lying randomly on the floor or the kitchen table. Against my better judgment I would leave it where it was, promising myself to take it to the office the next day.
But it kept disappearing.
Our kids dove into God’s love with unusual enthusiasm. Perhaps it was the fresh artwork that drew their attention. Or perhaps it was the author’s biblically-faithful and age-appropriate retelling of classic Bible stories from a Christ-centered perspective. Or perhaps the Lord is awakening faith in them. Maybe it’s a combination of all three. But as a dad I was thrilled with my children’s response to God’s Love.
One of my girls read it straight through, so I asked her what she thought of it. She offered a single-word reply.
When I asked her why, she said among other things that she liked the way that the author told very familiar stories in an engaging way. OK, those weren’t her exact words, but that’s what she meant.
Christian parents are constantly looking for new ways to communicate the gospel to their children. Our family has greatly benefited from books like Sally Lloyd-Jones’ Jesus Storybook Bible and David Helm’s Big Picture Story Bible. But truth be told, we could use a dozen more resources like it. If you loved those books, you’ll love God’s Love, too.
Written for an elementary student, it condenses familiar stories onto one oversized-page, with an accompanying illustration on each facing page. Both the author (Champ Thornton) and the illustrator (Dana Thompson) are friends of mine, and they have served us well with their work.
Champ retells sixty Old Testament stories and sixty more from the New. Each includes the corresponding Scriptural reference and a “target truth,” helping parents direct discussion with their children after reading a story.
The illustrations are big, colorful, and memorable. Unlike some Christian children’s books, the pictures are racially sensitive, not merely offering page after page of blond-haired, blue-eyed white kids. Some of my Presbyterian friends will object to the drawings of Jesus throughout the NT stories, but otherwise there is little to question and much to love.
You and your family would do well to purchase a copy of God’s Love for your home and your church. You can order it from Positive Action for Christ (Facebook) for $24.95. I think you can still get free shipping if you use the coupon code “Love1” at checkout. It’s also available as an iPad app for just $9.99. I’m certain your children will love it as much as mine have.
Just don’t tell them I took it back.