| A Bible for toddlers offers age-specific, sound theology
Janie B. Cheaney | 2/01/18, 02:54 pm
Christian parents looking to introduce toddlers to the Bible should look at The Beginner’s Gospel Story Bible (New Growth Press, 2017). It grew out of family pastor Jared Kennedy’s desire to “help toddlers and early preschoolers hear the good news of God’s love for them clearly expressed in ways that will speak to their young hearts.” In 52 stories, equally divided between Old and New Testaments, Kennedy uses the theme of “Promises Made” and “Promises Kept” to lay a sound theological foundation.
Children’s Books of the Year
| Discovering ‘the scarred hands of an unseen Liberator’
Janie B. Cheaney | 1/29/18, 08:40 pm
You Bring the Distant Near, one of the most widely praised young adult novels of 2017, is a family saga spanning three generations. It’s the story of an immigrant family that comes to Queens, N.Y., hoping to make a better life—and then the father dies in a bicycle accident. Several themes emerge: family conflict, cultural clashes, coming of age, falling in love, crusading for social justice. These are all typical YA themes, but author Mitali Perkins subtly enfolds one more: a moving and realistic picture of Christian conversion.
| Four books about Reformer Martin Luther
Lynde Langdon | 7/30/17, 06:56 pm
Daniel D. Maurer
Children reading this graphic novel can imagine what it would have been like to be a son or daughter of Martin Luther, who throughout it tells the story of the Reformation. The book attempts to apply the teachings of Jesus and Luther to problems children face, such as sibling rivalry. Both the plot and the text-heavy comic illustrations are sometimes hard to follow. The book includes a retelling of the death of Luther’s daughter Magdalena that could be distressing for some children.