I Am: 40 Reasons to Trust God by Diane Stortz {Stories and Devotions about the Many Names of God} #BookReview

God, our Lord, our Creator–there's so many different ways we can call on Him. How awesome is it to be able to know His many names? Each one provides insight to who He is and what He has done for us. I Am: 40 Reasons to Trust God offers children the chance to learn more about these many names through Bibles stories, scripture, and real life examples. 

Show your children how much God loves them and cares for them by learning about who He is. This beautiful book teaches the many names of God—and the many reasons we can trust Him. Through Bible stories, short devotions, and prayers, children discover the meaning of each name and how it relates to their lives. As they develop understanding of God’s character and His love for them, children will grow to know, love, and trust the great I Am more and more.

Diane Stortz is an author and former editorial director whose heart’s desire is to “tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord” (Psalm 78:4). Diane’s books include Words to Dream On, The Sweetest Story Bible,and A Woman’s Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year. Diane and her husband reside in Cincinnati, Ohio, and have two married daughters. Diane enjoys walking, gardening, and visiting her four young grandsons.

When I first discovered I Am: 40 Reasons to Trust God, online, I knew it would be beautiful. You could just tell from looking at the picture. When it finally arrived, I was not disappointed. The physical book itself is a gorgeous hardcover with amazing colorful illustrations throughout. There is so much detail on each page for my son to look at. The front cover depicts the Israelite Exodus from Egypt with foaming white glitter waves parting. I thought this was a really nice touch.

The book provides a new twist to the traditional Bible storybook in that it puts emphasis on the many names of God. Since He is often referred to by so many different names and for very special reasons, children will experience an entirely new way to learn about the Lord by being introduced to the many ways in which we reference Him. 

I Am: 40 Reasons to Trust God contains forty different child-friendly Bible stories beginning with Genesis and ending with Revelation. Author, Diane Stortz, did an amazing job recounting these Bible tales in a way that children are sure to enjoy (as an adult, I personally enjoyed reading them to my son). Each story starts off with a highlighted name for God. Sometimes these names are very specific, such as Creator or Father while others offer a more descriptive version such as The Lord is My Rock (Jehovah Tsuri) or Light of the World. Throughout the pages of each story are scripture verses and words of encouragement. Following the story, you'll also find a What Does it Mean? section that offers a corresponding real life example or circumstance that children can actually relate to, plus a small prayer that they can recite.

I absolutely love everything this book is about. It offers such a unique perspective by highlighting the many ways in which we reference our Lord, making it a great learning tool for children. I Am: 40 Reasons to Trust God has become a valuable and treasured addition to my son's library of faith-based reading. I highly recommend picking this book up for the children in your life. With Easter right around the corner, it would definitely make a wonderful gift!

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