Saturday, August 8, 2009

"The Jesus Book" by Stephen Elkins

"The Jesus Book: The Ultimate Who, What, When, Where, and Why Book" by Stephen Elkins is a great book. This is great for children who want to know about Jesus but are too young to tackle the Bible. Under 100 pages with large print, bright colors, and artistic pictures, this will not seem as daunting to a child compared to a 1000+ page Bible. Included are facts about Jesus' young life, His miracles, His ministry, why He died on a cross, and more. For the geography, a simply and large map is included. Children interact and learn when prompts on the pages ask them to identify cities where Jesus went (subsequent pages tell what Jesus did in those exact cities). Illustrated by Claudine Gevry, the photos comes to life in a descriptive yet imaginative manner. Many images of children are used with Jesus, and this will excite young readers. Plus, a music CD with thirty songs [that run for a little over an hour] are fun. Classics are sung by youngsters, and little ones will recognize many songs. While this book is meant for young readers, older ones will still relish its message. Older readers will really learn the meaning of Matthew 18:1-4~ "At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, 'Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?' He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: 'I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.'"

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