Look what I got in the mail! And I’ve got an extra set I want to mail to YOU! (details at the bottom)
NAVPRESS just sent me these in the mail for review – and I’m impressed. This bundle of two books really complement each other!
The first is My First Message, a devotional for kids ages 4-8 featuring the text of Eugene H. Peterson’s The Message Bible. Each beautifully illustrated story ends with a short PRAY and LIVE section helping children pray about what they just read and gain some insight into how to apply the lessons within the story to their life.
The second book is call My First Bible Search, Discovering Answers in God’s Word.
While it is described on the cover as a “Bible Concordance and Dictionary for Kids” (ages 6-10) that description is a little misleading and distracts from what the book truly is. The book is much more (and far better than a concordance or dictionary) so if those phrases make you fear kids will be bored with this book, think again!
The book is divided into two sections. The first called the “Concordance” – is not really concordance, in the true sense of the word, where you can look up every occurrence of a word in the Bible. Rather, it is a a series of 40 life situations that elementary kids face and the some very helpful input on what the Bible has to say about that problem; complete with some devotional thoughts, a verse to consider and even some fill-in-the-blank questions to engage kids on the topic.
The second section, called the “Bible Dictionary” also is barely a dictionary. Rather, it is a list of nearly 50 topics in the Bible telling what they are “all about.” While it does define the word, it then is followed by six other verses in the Bible that address that topic. (Now that’s a concordance!) Each topic ends with a challenge for the kids to think about in relation to that topic.
THIS IS A WONDERFUL BOOK! I only mention the misuse of the words “concordance” and “dictionary” because the book is less those than it is a tool to help kids engage real life with the help of God’s Word.
Perhaps it would be better described on the cover as “Bible Help for Daily Experiences” (as it does inside) and “What the Bible Says About What’s Important.” That’s how I’d describe it – and it does a beautiful and thorough job at that!
As a bonus, one of the nice features are some blank pages at the end where kids can choose their own topic, and explore what the Bible says and add their own chapters to the book.
WANT A FREE COPY OF EACH FOR YOUR CHILD?
I’m so happy to have a complimentary copy of these books for my son – so much so, I want to mail a complete set to the next person who signs up to be a Kidology Champion Donor for 2009!
JUST GO HERE and sign up! As a thank you for your donation, I’ll pay the shipping to rush these books to YOU!
UPDATE: FREE COPIES ARE IN THE MAIL! Congrats to both Pat McWhorter and Dave Truitt – their Champion Donations came in so close, I decided to have TWO WINNERS instead!