Saturday, March 25, 2006

Children's Book Review...

I have often wondered about Max Lucado's childrens books (and videos) and how Christ centered they are. The Children's Hour did a great review if you were also curious like me.

I am still taking recommendations on Christ centered children's book.


At 1:33 PM, Blogger MM said...

I also enjoyed his review of Max Lucado's books. We have been looking for Christ centered kids' books for the boys, realizing that there is an age where kids can understand Biblical concepts but are too young to capture truth from simply listening to the Bible (although we still do this as well). I have been shocked at how few good kids' books there are!

Here are the ones we have on our list to get - "The Big Picture Story Bible" which apparently tracks God's promise through the Old and New Testaments. We've heard good things about this from several sources; I'm very curious to take a look at it. Also, I think you saw the "I Love My Bible" book on The Children's Hour website by Debby Anderson. She has written a few others as well but I am not as certain about the content of those. There is another series by a guy named Joey Allen called "Big Thoughts for Little Thinkers" and the four books are entitled The Gospel, The Scripture, The Mission, and The Trinity. Again, I'm not sure on the content of those but we are hoping to look into them.

On another thought, I have been hesitant about Noel Piper's book "Most of All, Jesus Loves You!" I'm just not sure theologically whether it is ok to teach children that Jesus loves them regardless of their response to Him. I does not seem as though the Bible teaches this? I would be interested to hear your thoughts on this.

Let me know if you have any other good recommendations!

At 1:10 PM, Blogger Linda said...

Well, I do have Noel Piper's book.

I had the same thoughts that you are having.
I guess I where I landed on it is:
Jesus came to die and save his enemies. My kids are enemies of God (due to sin) until they submit to Him by faith then they are born again.. into His family.. called sons and daughters.

So,I guess I add and qualify it.

At 11:02 AM, Blogger Homemanager said...

I too have Noel's book. I also had the same concerns, but I'm realizing that the Lord's loving kindness and tender mercies are shown to all of us. Even the wicked are shown mercy. He keeps them from doing greater evils. He also causes it to rain on the just and the unjust and He even shows loving kindness to those who are ungrateful.
My biggest concerns have been a "man-centeredness" or "humanistic view" within the church, but I can't throw out the "mercy that endures forever". :o)
Also, I think if we define what love really is, we can think of God's love toward us in a very different way.
It is not "just" the "mushy-gushy", it is the corrective aspects, but it does include the warm and tenderness of the Father as well.
My two cents! :o)
God Bless!

At 10:10 PM, Blogger Ray Van Neste said...


Thank you for the kind words on my review. On MM's question, you may have seen my review of Mrs Piper's book as well. However, I have no concern about telling my children that God loves them. We must not lose sight of the fact that God does love the world (Jn 3:16). I know some seek to explain this in a more limited sense but that will not hold in John where 'world' most often refers to 'humanity in opposition to God.' D A Carson explains this well either in his commentary on John or in his Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God. It is true that unbelievers (including our unconverted children) are under the wrath of God, and it is also true that God loves them in some respect. This love is different from his love for His own, but the Bible does refer to God loving the unconverted. Thus, there is no problem with us using this language as well.

At 1:42 PM, Blogger MM said...

Thank you all for your comments on Noel Piper's book. I find it is much harder to know how to communicate the gospel to our kids than I thought. (Not dissimilar, I suppose, to most other aspects of parenting!) We want to be clear regarding God's wrath, yet woo them to the beautiful cross of Christ - an awesome but difficult calling.

I came across another site with book recommendations - no reviews, just a list. Here's the link.

At 9:47 AM, Anonymous Joey Allen said...

Thanks for mentioning my books, "Big Thoughts for Little Thinkers." I am a student at Dallas Theological Seminary. I saw the desperate need for children's books that offered something more than another re-telling of Noah's Ark or David and Goliath. Kids pick up on a lot more than most adults think and they are full of faith. So instead of exploiting their faith with stories about Santa Claus, let's direct their faith to the One True God!


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