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ZonderKidz Review: Love Letters from God Bible Stories by Glenys Nellist

on December 5, 2014

About the Book:

What child does not love to receive mail? What if that child could receive, open and read his or her own personal mail from God? The Love Letters from God will invite them to do just that! Accompanying each story in this unique children’s Bible is a very special and encouraging letter, each tucked away in its own lift-the-flap envelope, just for them. Written for children ages four to eight, the Love Letters from God includes eighteen of the most popular Bible stories—nine from the Old Testament and nine from the New Testament. Following each story the child will find his or her own letter from God. Children will love the excitement of opening the letters and parents will love how each letter elaborates on the Bible story being told. A very special Bible verse, entitled God’s Wonderful Words To You will accompany each story and letter. Much more than a mere memory verse, each carefully chosen promise will be God’s very own personal words of love, encouragement, and hope. This book will culminate in an invitation for the children to write their own RSVP to God.

You can purchase a copy of this book at Zondervan.

My Opinion:

I enjoy books that bring Bible stories to life and make them relate to children’s lives – they are a great way to start instilling Biblical truths into the very young so they can grow in the faith.  The idea behind this book is very cute – God is writing a letter to the child reading the book and relating back what is written in the story such as Jonah and the Big Fish, Daniel in the lion’s den, the Crucifixion and the Resurrection and others.  The lift the flap idea works with those children who need to do to learn as well as the child who likes to see as they learn, and the darling illustrations are cute and attention keeping.  The pages are quite thick and heavy duty which will help in the repeated flap lifting and page turning the young children often do, making this a book that should hold up to routine and constant use.  If I were to use this with a child I would read the Scripture given at bed the night before and then the next morning read the story book with letter so it is a continuation.

Like all Bible Story books this one is written in simplistic fashion to make it easy for young children to understand and with that does come a couple concerns.  In the Adam and Eve letter there is the following, “I will only remember how much I love you…because you are my precious child, and nothing you can do will ever stop me from loving you.”  While I know this is a simple child’s book, I do think that children need to understand that there are things that can cut them off from God forever such as not accepting Christ’s gift on the cross and denying God – God does love us but we can cut ourselves off from Him. There is also a name given to the boy who had the fishes and loaves when Jesus fed the 5,000 – while this may seem petty, I don’t like the idea of adding to Scriptures even if it is just an added name or like in the story of the Birth of Christ telling how “The pigeons cooed a chorus. The mice squeaked a melody.”

As I said I did think the overall idea of the book is a great one, and one could easily expound on ideas for their own children, such as the communion wine, as most churches I’ve gone to don’t use real wine and we don’t use leavened bread.  Even though this is a child’s book we still have to be careful what we teach our children are God, His Word and His Son – of course it also needs to be done age appropriately as well.  This is a cute, interactive book which will appeal to many Christians and it’s easy to tweak or subtract the ideas that don’t completely line up with the Bible 100% – if I were reading this aloud to a young child I would omit using the name Nathan in the feeding of the 5,000 but that is just me.  Check it out for yourself in a store before you buy.

(c) 2014, Sarah Bailey/Growing for Christ, All Rights Reserved, Unauthorized Duplication is a Violation of Applicable Laws

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