How do you explain the gospel to toddlers and preschoolers?
Often adults are stumped, but Jared Kennedy's focus on the promises of God makes the gospel come alive to the littlest hearts. Through fifty-two Old and New Testament stories, The Beginner's Gospel Story Bible highlights God's perfect promises. Every page pops with bright colors, playful illustrations, fun learning opportunities, and, best of all each story points children to Jesus.
Kids know the value of a promise. Through the gospel, our good and all-powerful God keeps his word and fulfills his promises to us better than we could have ever thought or imagined!
In The Beginner's Gospel Story Bible, author Jared Kennedy traces God's perfect promises through fifty-two Old and New Testament stories, retold in simple and compelling ways with toddlers and preschoolers in mind. Each gospel-centered story highlights God's tale of redemption through Jesus and the unexpected and surprising ways that God's grace and mercy are revealed throughout the Bible. Children will hear the good news of God's love for them clearly expressed in ways that will speak to their young hearts. Brightly colored illustrations highlight the stories and add fun teaching elements of counting, opposites, patterns, and object recognition to keep even the youngest child's attention. Every story also ends with a question that parents and caregivers can use to further reinforce the message.
Through reading this book one chapter at a time to your children-or letting them read it to you!-even the youngest kids will come to know that God's promises are especially for them, and that God always keeps his promises.
One of my favorite things about this book is that it isn't your typical book for kids. It has some not so familiar bible stories, along side really traditional ones. This book highlights 52 various stories. From God's promises, to his redemption, and everything in between.
I loved the fact that each story has such a good discussion and reading involved. It is done at a level a child would understand, but also well teach them, strengthen their faith, and open a disucsion about faith. The book contains scripture passages at the begining of each story. A large color print expresses the major point. The gospal of salvation is presented at several places in this book. There is a collection of both Old and New Testament stories. Which is really neat.
As a picture book is larger and bulkier than your average one. There are many stories so you could do one a day, or a few before bedtime. Whatever your family choses. I also feel like this would be a great addition to a Christian homeschool program.
The artwork is cute and charming for the age. They are pretty much consitant with primary color range. The artwork is crated by Trish Mahoney, and it is very well done.
The target age range is about 3 to around 8 years old. You could adapt it to a younger audiance but I am unsure that older kids wouldn't see this as "too" babyish for them. This book will allow you to read to your child and will follow. them to a point were they can read the stories on their own.
This is overall a wonderful resource for young children. This would be a great gift for children!
Disclaimer: I recieved this from the publisher and Litfuse for free in exchange of an unbiased and honest review
About The Author:
Jared Kennedy, MDiv, ThM, is the husband to Megan and the father of three girls-Rachael, Lucy, and Elisabeth. He serves as Pastor of Families at Sojourn Community Church-Midtown in Louisville, KY and as children's ministry strategist for Sojourn Network. He blogs regularly at gospelcenteredfamily.com and is also the coauthor of "Leadership Mosaic" and two VBS programs, "Proof Pirates" and "Clap Your Hands," "Stomp Your Feet."