Friends are such an important part of life. God created us to long for fellowship with others. This is Apple and her lifelong friend. They have done so many things together and even with the occasional tween girl drama they love to spend time together. I think it is really important to help our children foster those really special friendships. It's so much more important to have one or two really close friends than it is to be super popular and have hundreds of acquaintances or surface level friends.
In Kathryn Slattery's book My Friend Jesus: The Gospel for Kids, children can see how Jesus is there for them just like a close friend. In this retelling of the gospel, the time Jesus spent on Earth is summarized for young readers and listeners. The overview gives kids a new perspective on what Jesus said and did while He was here. The story also lets them know that Jesus is waiting for a relationship with them.
I love the concept of this book. As a child growing up my family didn't go to church very often so a book like this would've given me a great overview of the gospel.The illustrations by Alida Massari are engaging. The beautiful full cover front is eye catching. This would be a lovely addition to a Sunday School class library. I can see this book being a terrific gift for a young person who doesn't go to church or doesn't go regularly. It would be a great missions tool especially for children in unstable family situations. It would give those kids the confidence to know that Jesus is always with them no matter where they go.
On the other hand, I'm not sure this is as great of a book for kids like mine. My kids know the gospel very well. We've been teaching them scripture and reading through the Bible with them since they were in the womb. Apple already has a relationship with Jesus and Speedy is moving along at his own pace. We didn't push Apple in to her decision and we don't have any plans to push Speedy either. We want them to make their own choice in their own time so that it is a lifelong decision. This book (like many others) gives a little push at the end for the reader to pray a salvation prayer. It then goes on to assume every reader will have said this prayer and be ready to embark on this "new adventure." Again it isn't a bad thing but just a different approach than we have taken.
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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.