Friday, August 14, 2009

The Jesus Book written by Stephen Elkins

Have you ever had a hard time explaining the life of Jesus to your children or grandchildren? I've had a hard time expaining the magnitude of who Jesus is while at the same time, keeping my explanation simple enough for my girls' little hearts to understand.

The Jesus Book, written by Stephen Elkins and illustrated by Claudine Ge'vry, is the solution I've found! This is the best laid out, most organized children's book about Jesus that I've ever seen. Elkins lays out the life of Jesus in 7 chapters, titled:
1. Who Jesus Is
2. What Jesus Did
3. What Jesus Taught
4. When It Happened
5. Where It Happened
6. Why It Happened
7. How It Happened

Elkins does a magnificent job of simplifying and explaining Jesus' life and ministry, in addition to why this information is important - for a life-long, eternal relationship with Him!

My children both loved the book. Emma especially loved the timeline in Chapter 4.

My only negative thought on this book concerns the illustrations. They are wonderful illustrations, but to me they look like illustrations for a 4 or 5 year old. Meanwhile, I think the writing of the book is better suited for a 7 to 9 year old child. So to me, the two don't quite gel.

Included in this book was a CD consisting of 30 classic children's Bible songs. My girls play this CD constantly, and I love that they are learning these "oldies but goodies".

All in all, I'm very happy to add this book to our library. It's definitely a keeper!

( I received this book from Thomas Nelson Publishing as part of their Book Review Blogger Program).

1 comment:

  1. Cool - this might have to go on the Christmas list for the girls to read aloud to Steven. That way they are getting the reading level while he's getting the illustrations, and they'll all be happy! :-) Thanks for adding in that assessment - that's a good perspective to have.


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