Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Jesus Book

Author: Stephen Elkins

Illustrator: Claudine Gevry
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 96 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Har/Com edition (August 11, 2009)
ISBN-10: 1400314631

Book Description:
The Jesus Book introduces kids to the life, teaching, wonder, and amazing love of Jesus.
Often kids know about Jesus but don't have a relationship with Him. This book offers kids "everything you need to know about God's Son" and encourages a lifelong relationship with their Lord. Divided into Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How sections, it offers clear explanations and easy understanding for young hearts. It will teach them things like who Jesus is: Jesus is God's Son, and He is also my friend. Where is Jesus? He lives in heaven, but He also lives in my heart. How does Jesus act? He acts with kindness and forgiveness, and He wants me to be like Him. Includes an audio CD with over an hour of songs about Jesus. This is a must-have for every child!

My Review:
The Jesus Book is the perfect book for explaining the story of Jesus to ages 4 years and older. It begins with the Old Testament prophets foretelling His coming, goes on to tell his birth history, what he did in his lifetime, the purpose of His birth, how we can have eternal life, and maps showing where it all took place. An audio CD of 30 Jesus songs is also included with the book.

Some chapters in the book are:
*Who Jesus Is
*What Jesus Did
*What Jesus Taught
*When It Happened
*Where It Happened
*Why It Happened
*How It Happened

Topics included are:
*He healed many
*He rose from the dead
*He brought salvation to the world
*He taught us to pray
*He taught us the golden rule
*Timeline: When It Happened
*When was Jesus born?
*Map of Israel
*Map of Jerusalem
*Where is Jesus now?
*Why was Jesus sent?
*Why did Jesus die on the cross?
and much more!!

This book was written to help children learn about Jesus and how they can have a lifetime relationship with him. It takes what could be considered complex questions and explains them in a way children can understand. The illustrations are also excellent and help tell the stories in each chapter. This book is a wonderful Christian guide for kids.

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