Monday, November 20, 2017

Stories about God's promises -- The Beginner's Gospel Story Bible

The Beginner's Gospel Story Bible is not your typical Bible story book for preschoolers.  It contains many of the most familiar Bible stories -- and a few that are not quite so familiar -- but takes the facts of those stories to a higher level.

The main highlight of the 52 stories has to do with God's promises and his work of redemption shown from the very beginning of His Word to the end.  Each story is short but can easily be enriched with discussion and/or reading the Scripture passages given at the beginning of the story.  Colorful illustrations accompany each story, along with a major truth (given in large, colorful print), and a summarizing question to provoke thought and conversation. The gospel plan of salvation is clearly presented multiple times throughout the book.  The target audience is probably about ages 3 to 7 or 8, but the material could pretty easily be adapted a little outside that range.

I look forward to sharing this book with my young grandchildren as they continue to learn about what God's promises mean in their lives.  I am sure they will enjoy the stories and illustrations and will grow in their understanding of the Bible.  And before long, they will likely be reading the stories on their own.

Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for sharing a copy of The Beginner's Gospel Story Bible.  I am happy to share my own thoughts in this review.

About the Book:

How do you explain the gospel to toddlers and preschoolers?

Often adults are stumped, but Jared Kennedy’s focus on the promises of God makes the gospel come alive to the littlest hearts. Through fifty-two Old and New Testament stories, The Beginner’s Gospel Story Bible highlights God’s perfect promises. Every page pops with bright colors, playful illustrations, fun learning opportunities, and, best of all each story points children to Jesus.

Kids know the value of a promise. Through the gospel, our good and all-powerful God keeps his word and fulfills his promises to us better than we could have ever thought or imagined!

In The Beginner’s Gospel Story Bible, author Jared Kennedy traces God’s perfect promises through fifty-two Old and New Testament stories, retold in simple and compelling ways with toddlers and preschoolers in mind. Each gospel-centered story highlights God’s tale of redemption through Jesus and the unexpected and surprising ways that God’s grace and mercy are revealed throughout the Bible. Children will hear the good news of God’s love for them clearly expressed in ways that will speak to their young hearts. Brightly colored illustrations highlight the stories and add fun teaching elements of counting, opposites, patterns, and object recognition to keep even the youngest child’s attention. Every story also ends with a question that parents and caregivers can use to further reinforce the message.

Through reading this book one chapter at a time to your children—or letting them read it to you!—even the youngest kids will come to know that God’s promises are especially for them, and that God always keeps his promises.

About the Author:

Jared Kennedy, MDiv, ThM, is the husband to Megan and the father of three girls—Rachael, Lucy, and Elisabeth. He serves as Pastor of Families at Sojourn Community Church—Midtown in Louisville, KY and as children’s ministry strategist for Sojourn Network. He blogs regularly at and is also the coauthor of "Leadership Mosaic" and two VBS programs, "Proof Pirates" and "Clap Your Hands," "Stomp Your Feet."

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