September 14, 2015

Believe Kids' Edition: Think, Act, Be Like Jesus by Randy Frazee

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Making sure my son is grounded in his spiritual growth is extremely important to me. You may remember my review of Believe Storybook. I really appreciated how this book offered an exceptional biblical study curriculum for younger children (ages 4 through 8). Recently, I was presented with a chance to also read Believe Kids' Edition (ages 8 through 12), which is the next book in Randy Frazee's Believe series. 


ABOUT THE BOOK:
You know the story of the Bible, but do you know what it means? This kids’ edition of Believe teaches you the core beliefs, practices, and virtues of Jesus-followers so that you can understand how to live out God’s story in your own life today. As you walk through the three big categories—beliefs, practices, and virtues—you’ll begin a journey that will take you closer to the heart of Jesus and deeper into the words of Scripture. You’ll learn what the Bible has to say about everything from the nature of God and the identity of Jesus, to prayer, worship, and the fruit of the Spirit. Each big category is divided into ten topics to give you an up-close look at the important things God wants you to know. From bestselling author and pastor, Randy Frazee, the Believe: Kids’ Edition will take you on a step-by-step tour through the Bible and show you how to think, act, and be more like Jesus.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Randy Frazee is the senior minister at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas. Oak Hills is one of the largest churches in America, where Randy teaches and leads in partnership with pastor and author Max Lucado. An emerging leader and innovator in spiritual formation and biblical community, Randy is the architect of The Story church engagement campaign. He is the author of The Heart of The Story, The Connecting Church 2.0, The Christian Life Profile Assessment, and coauthored Real Simplicity with his wife Rozanne.


Just like Believe Storybook, the Believe Kids' Edition book contains a total of thirty chapters. There are three main objectives, Think, Act, and Be. Each objective is spread out into ten chapters and explores the core beliefs, practices, and virtues of Christianity. 


Every chapter starts off with a key question, key idea, and key verse – for example:

Key Question: 
How do I honor God in the way he deserves?

Key Idea: 
I worship God for who he is and hat he has done for me.

Key Verse:  
Come, let us sing for the joy to the Lord. Let us give a shout to the Rock who saves us. Let us come to him and give him thanks. Let us praise him with music and song. - Psalm 95:1-2



Children then move on to a Think About It section where they can explore the particular subject and it's importance. An Introduction section follows in order to connect everything with various scripture passages and stories. At the end of every chapter, you'll also find a Discussion section to help kids further explore the scripture meaning and how it can be incorporated into their daily lives.
 
Although there are a few pencil graphics, Believe Kid's Edition primarily contains a lot of text, since it's specifically geared towards older children. The book serves as a wonderful individual Bible study, however parents can also enjoy partaking in their child's spiritual learning experience by joining in on chapter readings, and encouraging a variety of topics to discuss, as well as questions to ask. 

Although my son is still a toddler, I personally enjoyed this book and will hold onto it, so that he may use it for his Bible studies when he gets older. If you have older children and are looking for a meaningful; easy to follow curriculum, then I highly recommend picking up Believe Kid's Edition.


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