There are a number of things I love about being a children’s pastor, but one of my favorite things is helping to make the complex truths about God simple and make the ancient literature we find in the pages of Scripture understandable for children. I imagine that if I were to be teaching, discipling, and mentoring adults that things would be different. Engaging with children (and even teenagers) forces the teacher to take the great truths of God and make them simple and understandable for children (not simplistic, but simple).
It seems that is the gift that the author of this children’s Bible storybook gives the reader:
Making the truths about God simple and the ancient stories found in the Bible understandable.
One of the really neat features of this book are the sections at the end of either one story or a set of stories called: the Jesus Calling. The author, Sarah Young, writes this section as if Jesus is speaking to the reader/listener. For example, when Adam and Eve sinned in the garden, this is what the Jesus Calling section says:
“No power in the sky above or in the earth below–indeed, nothing in all creation will…separate us from the love of God” (Romans 8:39 NLT)
I was there when Adam and Eve left the Garden forever. Wherever they went, I was with them–watching over them. Do you know that I am with you too? Nothing can separate you from My Love.
The author’s words are, of course, extra-biblical. She is not writing what Jesus has said, but what, through the lens of Scripture and the Holy Spirit, Jesus might say. Sarah Young masterfully uses both the witness of Scripture and her imagination to bring forth the callings of Jesus on our hearts.
While this review only has in mind this particular storybook, I would be remiss to mention that there are many other companion resources that accompany this children’s Bible storybook. I think there are “Jesus Calling” devotionals and other products that the author has created around this idea.
Jesus Calling is a masterful and imaginative retelling of ancient stories from Scripture that are profoundly simple and understandable for children of all ages!
Publisher: Thomas Nelson | October 16, 2012
Target Ages: 3-7
Page Count: 256
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