We have almost as many Bible storybooks in our house as we have Bibles. We are pretty particular about the Bible storybooks we read to our kids when they were younger because we wanted to make sure they were getting a version of the real story and not a story that was overly diluted. Our kids both love Bible storybooks so much that we still have some toddler ones lurking on the shelves that they just can't seem to part with. These days I don't get many new Bible storybooks because I figure they can just get the story straight from the Bible. God's Love for You is a very unique Bible storybook. Unique enough that I decided our shelves could hold just one more....
God's Love for You is a Bible storybook by Rick & Renee Stearns with illustrations by Martina Peluso that combines Bible stories with stories of children from around the world. Each bright, vibrant Bible story included fantastic illustrations and then the following page shares a true story from another culture that coincides with the Bible story. For example the Bible story of Abigail the Peacemaker is followed by a story about Children Working for Peace in Columbia. Our family has a heart for missions and we expose our children to as many missionaries from as many different places as we can but this book brings a whole host of places, cultures, and people to our fingertips. It isn't the same as chatting with someone who lives in Africa or Norway but it is a great snapshot of God's world. My trivia buff loves all the little facts included about each country.
It is so important to teach our kids that God's love is available for everyone. We don't want them to treat anyone differently. We are all part of the family of God. A few weeks ago we were invited to a birthday party with some people we don't know very well. There was a special needs teen at the party. She was so funny and so excited about all the festivities. Our kids were polite to her but didn't interact with her too much. After the party they had some questions about her that we were happy to answer. Yesterday we got to watch this same teen take part in a worship song with sign language. She hadn't practiced with the group that was signing but she was doing it all the same. My kids were cheering her on. It's those little things that let me know they get it. They know God died for her and you and me all the same. I pray they will always remember.
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I received a free copy of this book from Tommy Nelson for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.