Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Sweet Book for the Little Ones -- Say & Pray Bible

About the Book

Book:  Say & Pray Bible
Author: Diane Stortz
Genre:  Bible stories, board book
Release Date: 2015

Curl up together and experience the Bible in a fresh, new way. Young children will enjoy pointing to and naming objects on each page for early learning. Most important, they’ll discover favorite, age-appropriate Bible stories, with Scripture verses and short prayers that also hide God’s Word in young hearts.

Click here to get your copy!

My Thoughts

When I signed up to review See & Say Bible, I decided there was no better way to review it than with my 2 1/2 - year - old grandson. So that is exactly what I did, and he loved it!

Landon and I could be the little boy and the grandma that the author, Diane Stortz, mentioned in her comments below. He has loved books all his life and enjoys the time spent with a parent or grandparent while looking at and identifying pictures and reading or talking about the story. It is a delight to be able to share these Bible truths with him in such an engaging way.

This is a perfect Bible story book for my toddler, and I'm sure would be a great fit for those who are somewhat younger or older as well. Each two-page spread centers on one story. It has a couple of identifying elements -- a title and the scripture reference where the story can be found. Then there are about three sentences -- one gives the theme of the story, the second is a short Bible verse, and the last is a very short prayer. In addition, there are several colorful pictures related to the story, each with a label (mostly single words); seeing and hearing those words should help with pre-reading skills as the child grows. The amount of time spent on each page can be varied as that day's interest level and attention span allow. Although young children might not understand all the lessons and truths from the Bible, this book is a wonderful way to plant some of those important values into young hearts.

I highly recommend Say & Pray Bible for parents, grandparents, and anyone else with little ones to share with.

Thanks to Celebrate Lit for providing a copy of the book. I am happy to share my own thoughts (and Landon's) in this review.

About the Author

 Diane Stortz is a multipublished author who writes to make God’s wonders known to the next generation. Her children’s releases include the best-selling Say & Pray Bible and I AM: 40 Reasons to Trust God, both from Tommy Nelson. Diane’s books for women, A Woman’s Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year and Encountering God’s Heart for You, both from Bethany House, encourage women to get to know God through His Word, the Bible. Diane and her husband have two married daughters and five grandchildren—all boys! Visit her at www.DianeStortz.com.

More from Diane

Once upon a time there was a little boy who loved his books. Long before he could talk, he loved turning pages, looking at the pictures, hearing his grandpa name the objects in the pictures, and pointing to those objects.

And once upon a time there was a grandma looking for a truly age-appropriate Bible storybook for that same little boy. And the best ones she found still contained too many words.

And she wondered . . .

Why not write a Bible storybook that could be designed especially for babies, toddlers, and young preschoolers? With the shortest stories you’ve ever seen, and with labeled objects and people in the illustrations that little ones could point to and name?

That’s how my book Say & Pray Bible began.

I wanted a book with age-appropriate, SHORT Bible stories. Babies and toddlers LOVE turning pages. Listening to long stories has to wait until they’re older.

I wanted short Bible verses and prayers to go with the very short stories.

And I wanted the illustrations to have lots of LABELED objects to encourage little ones to point and name.
Some days you might just read the stories. Another day, just the verses. Yet another reading, just the prayers. And some days, you might just talk about the pictures.

Most children begin to say single words with meaning, always nouns, at 12–18 months. This is the stage when children can point to—and eventually name—photos or illustrations of objects in their books.

Around 24 months, children begin to say two-word, noun plus verb sentences, such as “Cat run.” In time, sentences become longer and include adjectives and adverbs, but no function words: “Big cat run fast.” Last to develop is the use of function words (such as the and an) and more complex sound combinations and sentence forms.

Human beings seem to be hardwired to acquire language and learn to speak—evidence that, as the Bible says, we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139). But there’s a lot we can do to help little ones develop language skills and expose them to God’s Word at the same time!

Blog Stops

Through the Fire Blogs, May 25 (Author Interview)
A Baker’s Perspective, May 28 (Author Interview)
Simple Harvest Reads, June 2 (Author Interview)
Artistic Nobody, June 5 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)


To celebrate her tour, Diane is giving away the grand prize package of a signed copy of the book, a signed copy of the companion book (Say & Pray Devotions), and a $10 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this review! So glad you tested out the book with Landon!