Saturday, February 11, 2006

I Love My Bible

I Love My Bible!, written and illustrated by Debby Anderson
(Crossway, 2005), hardback, 32 pp.

This is a new book for us and just this week I read it to my three year old (Benjamin) with my other boys (9, 8 and 6 years old) listening in. Benjamin usually gets to listen in as I read things more geared to the older ones so this was a welcome change of pace for him. The older boys enjoyed listening in and commenting, and Benjamin thoroughly enjoyed the book.

The title adequately summarizes the content of the book. In a very kid-friendly manner, each page mentions a reason for loving the bible and includes an appropriate Scripture reference. The book highlights that the Bible gives us strength, is true, tells us about Jesus and God’s love, and will not fade away. It touches on how God used different people to write the Bible while also ensuring that what was written was exactly what He intended. Scripture memory is encouraged with pictures of sample homemade memory cards. It also mentions how people in some areas do not have access to the Bible or have to obtain the Bible secretly. Having spoken to the value of the Bible and how some do not have it, the author in a very appropriate way encourages the children to do what they can to learn the Bible and also to help others get to know the Scriptures.

Listing all this content might obscure the fact that all of this is accomplished in a very succinct easy to follow manner- usually a sentence or two per page. This is a very child-friendly book. In fact, my three year old has enjoyed it so much that he has slept with it and taken it with him everywhere wanting to tell people about his “Bible book.”

A note should also be made on the illustrations. They are nicely done in a fairly typical children’s book style. They nicely further the discussion by giving specific examples of what is said briefly in words. It is also nice to see that the children in the pictures come from a variety of races. Lastly the picture of Jesus is well done. He is probably more fair skinned than he should be, but he looks like a strong king. I would not have guessed that it was a picture of Jesus if not for the words on the page. In fact my boys at first assumed that it was King David (what I was thinking as well). This not only nicely captured the reality of the incarnation but also led to my oldest saying, “Well, David is supposed to point us to Jesus.” Yes! He has been learning from the sermon series on 1-2 Samuel!

In closing, I think it is apparent that we have liked this book. It is a really good one for the little ones. The back cover says it is for ages 4-7. My six year old would not consider it a book for him though he enjoyed it. It was more like a book for my three year old. I would think of the target age range as 2-4, with others being able to enjoy alongside.


At 5:21 AM, Blogger Heather said...

Thanks for discussing this book. I was first introduced to Debby Anderson's artwork in Noel Piper's book, "Most of All, Jesus Loves You". That is a great bedtime book for 2-4 year olds. The diversity of the children represented is not contrived but accurately depicts God's wonderful variety in creation.

At 6:47 AM, Blogger Ray Van Neste said...

Thanks for coming by Heather. I am hoping soon to look at the Noel Piper book you mentioned.

At 5:48 PM, Blogger Linda said...

I also have "Most of All, Jesus Loves You" which we enjoy. I posted question specifically on christian toddler books, someone directed me to your site. Have any suggestions?

At 8:23 PM, Blogger Ray Van Neste said...

Thanks for your question. Perhaps the best way to answer is to point you to items I have recommended previously that would be toddler appropriate. The links will lead you to the appropriate posts. I think The Picture Bible, by Iva Hoth is really good.
I have linked a review I wrote recommending Penny Reeve, God Made Something StrongCatherine Mackenzie, My God is So Big (the post; the review).
Lastly we have appreciated the following as well:
The Learn About God series (Christian Focus)God’s Little Guidebooks, by Hazel Scrimshire (Christian Focus)Bible Time & Bible Wise, by Carine Mackenzie (Christian Focus)Hear Me Read series, by Mary Manz Simon (Concordia Publishing House) Big Truths for Little Kids, by Susan and Richie Hunt (Crossway Publishers) My First Study Bible, by Paul Loth (Thomas Nelson)
I discussed these in an article on bible material for children which can be found here.

I hope these are helpful. Thanks for stopping by!

At 6:22 PM, Blogger Linda said...

Thanks for the suggestions!!

At 8:09 PM, Anonymous Penny said...

Hi Ray, I noticed that you recommended my Find The Animal titles to one of your blog readers. I just thought I'd let you know of a second set of four books in the same series. God Made Something Tall, God Made Something Funny, God Made Something Amazing and God Made Something Enormous were published in July this year!
More information about the books can be found at my website

At 8:28 PM, Blogger Ray Van Neste said...

Thanks for stopping by, Penny! And thanks as well for this new info. I look forward to seeing these new books.


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