Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Story for Children by Max Lucado and The Story of Jesus for Kids and God's Message for Little Ones Book Review

The Bestselling Series, The Story, Presents Three Inspiring Books That Teach Kids about the Bible

I am so impressed with this package I received from Zonderkidz with Max Lucado's The Story for Children, God's Message for Little Ones devotional and The Story of Jesus for Kids.  The Story for Children is a gorgeous Bible for children that is a storybook Bible.  The stories are short with colorful illustrations and at the end of each story is God's Message which are main points of the story from God's point of view like "You are my greatest creation."  The stories are available on audio CD read by Max Lucado himself!  God's Message for Little Ones is a 31 day devotional that have a Bible verse, a few sentences about the verse and what God Says to Me which are similar to God's Message from The Story for Children.  At the end are the ABC's of salvation with Bible verses and statements from A-Z.  The Story of Jesus for Kids is a great little book that uses the New International Reader's Version to tell the story of Jesus from all four gospels in a fluent narrative.  At the end of each chapter are discussion questions that are appropriate for children ages 9-12.  We enjoyed these excellent Christian resources that will help lead our children to a personal relationship with Jesus. 

**I was given a complimentary copy by Zonderkidz in exchange for my honest review.** 
The enhanced edition of the 2011 ECPA Children’s Book of the Year, THE STORY FOR CHILDREN, DELUXE EDITION (Zondervan; October 2012; $24.99), features the voice of Lucado, who enriches each chapter with a captivating audio reading on the accompanying CDs, making each Bible story even more heartfelt.
Lucado’s tender narration of 48 fundamental Bible stories will hold the attention of children, allowing them to follow along and focus on the vibrant illustrations by artist Fausto Bianchi.
In GOD’S MESSAGES FOR LITTLE ONES (Zonderkidz; November 2012; $9.99), Lucado once again tells the story of God’s enormous love for his children, this time in a colorful 31-day devotional that features short key passages from The Story for Children.
Set against colorful illustrations by Josee Masse, GOD’S MESSAGES FOR LITTLE ONES will guide youngsters to the knowledge that they are a crucial part of God’s story.

A new and separate addition to the collection, THE STORY OF JESUS FOR KIDS (Zonderkidz; October 2012; $2.99) is a paperback booklet that packs a big message. With easy-to-read text selected from the New International Reader’s Version, this book tells the story of the most important person who ever lived.
Each section in THE STORY OF JESUS FOR KIDS concludes with discussion questions that help young readers relate the story to their own experiences.  This is a great tool to introduce kids 9-12 to Jesus or further develop their faith.

For more information, please visit www.thestory.com/home

Max Lucado is one of America’s most widely read authors, with more than 100 million books in print.  He and his wife live in San Antonio, Texas, where he serves the Oak Hills Church.
Randy Frazee is senior minister at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas.  He is the author of many books, including Making Room for Life.  A graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, Randy and his wife have four children.
Karen Davis Hill has written over twenty-five books for children.  She’s served as Max Lucado’s executive editor since 1992.  A journalism graduate of Ole Miss, Karen and her husband have three children and three grandchildren.
Zonderkidz™, a division of Zondervan, inspires young lives through imagination and innovation. As the leader in Christian children's communications, it produces bestselling and award-winning Bibles, books, board books, graphic novels, audio, video and digital products that awaken the hearts and touch the souls of kids under 16 and the people who love them, from family members to educators. Zonderkidz is the publisher of the NIrV (New International Reader’s Version) Bible translation, the third-grade reading level edition of the NIV that is ideal for children and those who speak English as a second language. Visit Zonderkidz on the Internet at www.zonderkidz.com.

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