While there's nothing like opening the Bible for all of the answers, storybook versions like I Will Follow Jesus can be an extremely helpful (and fun!) learning resource for children, because they offer an abbreviated version of the many important events that happened in Biblical history.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
In this beautiful book,bestselling author Judah Smith and his wife, Chelsea, have shared the gospel message simply and in a way that children can fully understand—so they can grow and develop their faith now and be inspired to follow Jesus for the rest of their lives. Kids will learn about God and about Jesus’ life and purpose on earth through Bible stories from both the Old and New Testaments. The Bible stories are also accompanied by personal stories from Judah and Chelsea that will help children see who Jesus is in their life today, right where they are—and how very much Jesus loves them and wants them to follow Him. There are no sweeter words than hearing your child say, “I want to follow Jesus!”
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Judah and Chelsea Smith are the Lead Pastors of The City Church in Seattle, Washington. The City Church is a thriving multi-site church noted for its cultural relevance, commitment to biblical integrity and faith, and love for Jesus. Judah is known around the United States and the world for his preaching ministry. His fresh, anointed, humorous messages demystify the Bible and make Christianity real. Judah is also the author of his most recent New York Times best-selling book, Jesus Is ____. Chelsea Smith is a gifted leader, speaker, and administrator who is passionate about showing the Seattle area who Jesus is. Her ministry is noted for down-to-earth wisdom, authenticity, humor, and strong faith.
I must admit, since the title is I Will Follow Jesus, I was expecting a group of stories that strictly involved Jesus. Instead the book begins with stories from the Old Testament (Genesis) and eventually moves onto the New Testament. Of course, we know God had created his Son in the image of Him, so when thinking in those terms–including stories from the Old Testament is not really an off beat concept.
I Will Follow Jesus Bible Storybook offers a summarized collection of Bible stories for children. The text is written in a fun and modern way that's easy to follow along to. Children will have fun reading it, since they'll be able to relate to many of the stories. Each section starts off with an introduction to a real life situation that your child may have encountered, and how it relates to the story/stories (sometimes there is more than one story in a section). Scripture is then included, followed by a collection of corresponding Bible stories. The very last page of each section will have an I Will Follow Jesus area where children can read a closing thought about God's love and even recite a small prayer.
I was really impressed with the physical aspects of the book–a beautiful hardcover with precious painted illustrations that will make you smile. Each page is smooth, but the artwork is done to give it an old textured look. There's even a ribbon book mark, so children can keep their place when reading.
I Will Follow Jesus is a beautiful book with an amazing selection of Bible stories that children will enjoy reading. It would also make a wonderful addition to any Bible study or homeschool curriculum.
The publisher has been gracious enough to provide me another copy to give to one Our Everyday Harvest reader. One person will win the I Will Follow Jesus Bible Storybook to share with the children in their lives.
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