July 11, 2014

{review} The Beginner's Bible Kid-Sized Devotions

{I received this book from Zonderkidz as a part of the Z Blog Squad. No other compensation was given and a good review was not guaranteed. All opinions are my own.}




About the book:

Snuggle up for time together with God and your little one. Each of the 365 simple daily devotions are filled with Scripture and prayer perfect for young children. Kid-Sized Devotions is based on The Beginner’s Bible, the most popular and beloved storybook Bible for preschoolers.

The Beginner's Bible Kid-Sized Devotions is available from Zondervan for $6.99.





 Our opinion:

This book is very popular with the two younger girls in my house. Lauren, age 7, loves reading these little stories to anyone who will listen. Addie, age 3, loves listening. This is a very good arrangement, in my opinion. The text is easy to read and comprehend for both of my younger girls. We also love the size. It's about 4 inches by 6 inches - perfect size for young hands to hold it, flip through it, carry it around and even drop in their purses to take with them. Our copy is already dog-eared, with stains on the pages. It's gotten a lot of use in the last two weeks. With it not being a hard cover, this means ours is already curled and wrinkled. So it definitely shows its use, but this is the kind of book you want your kids reading.

Here is a glimpse of the inside --





Easy to read text that clearly communicated the truths of God's Word to young children. There is no watering down the ideas of sin, brokenness and the need for redemption.










 
At the end of the book, there is a creative breakdown of the Gospel. The ABC's of Salvation list Bible verses that correspond with important tenets of our faith. Again, this is not the "everyone is fine" version. The book even mentions H-E-Double Hockey Sticks as the consequence for unbelievers.This may seem harsh to some but I believe it's important for children to understand that there is a consequence to every decision. There is a real and scary consequence to choosing not to believe in God. Our children need to understand that.




The illustrations are fun and there is a little summary of the lesson on each page. There is also a direct quote from the Bible that correlates to the story being told on each page. They use the NIrV translation. There is also a short prayer at the bottom of each page, reinforcing the idea of what was taught on that page.







Overall, I would highly (highly) recommend this book for children ages 2-8. Even if a child is an excellent reader, this book provides a good foundation for a daily personal quiet time with God.  For the price, this is an excellent value. It will be used for years to come in our home, I'm sure.

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