Encourage your little ones to learn and grow with God with Everything a Child Should Know About God from bestselling author Kenneth N. Taylor. Designed for parents to read aloud to children, this book features whimsical illustrations throughout, each chapter has a brief explanation and a related question to pose to children. Dr. Taylor explains in child-friendly language the essential Bible truths you want your child to know.
This revised edition has a Bible reference on each page to help you show your children where these doctrines can be found in the Bible.
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Fabulous book. I use and recommend it loads. We’ve given it away to parents in our Toddler group when conversations have seem appropriate. Thanks for it. The art work is wonderful too.
As a father of two six year old boys I am always on the look out for good books for them. They love to read with the family and books can be very formative for them at this age. I am thankful for so many publishers that take the effort to print quality books for children with sound theology. Recently I received one of those books, Everything a Child Should Know About God by Kenneth Taylor. Everything a Child Should Know About God is a simple, straightforward Systematic Theology book for young kids. I do not mean simple as a slight, but rather that it is intended for parents to be able to pick up and read with their children. There isn’t necessarily preparation time that would be needed as is the case for some devotional books. This book can be added in as a supplement to family devotions and is written and illustrated in a way that will keep the attention of young children. Taylor describes his book as, “a primer to tell children about God’s eternity, and about Jesus Christ in heaven with His Father and why He came to earth to die. It tells of His going back to God in heaven and His coming again. The major Bible teachings about God are taught here, though briefly and simply.” Everything a Child Should Know About God is divided into 10 theological sections, much like a regular systematic theology book would be. Each section then has a series of short teachings throughout it. Each teaching contains a heading, a short paragraph explanation of the doctrine, and a question to ask the kids to ensure they have comprehended what was taught. I love how this book traces the main themes of the Bible in a way that parents can simply pick up and read to their kids. Jenny Brake has added wonderful illustrations that accompany the opposite page of each lesson. In any book with pictures my boys ALWAYS want to look at and examine the pictures to see if they represent the words well. The pictures are cartoon representations that provide an extra level of detail that can be used when teaching through the book. I really enjoy the pictures as they show a lot of time and detail went into creating this book. Everything a Child Should Know About God is a wonderful book for young children and one that I will be recommending for years to come.
Everything a Child Should Know About God. That is a rather impressive claim and a daunting undertaking. Kenneth Taylor has done an admirable job in assembling a book that pretty much lives up to such a moniker. Be advised, though, that this book is really targeted towards children who are ages 3–7. It is much too simplistic for those who are older. This book is divided up into ten parts with an additional note to the parents at the beginning and a “Just Remember” section at the end. The ten parts are titled as follows: All about the Bible What God Has Done Who God Is The Problem of Sin Jesus Comes to Help Us Jesus Wants to Save You The Holy Spirit Helps Us Why We Go to Church Living as Jesus’ Friends When Jesus Comes Back Within each section there are very brief (one–page with large font) lessons about the various aspects under those titles. Following the lesson, there is a simple question that is directly extracted from the material. In the revised version, there are scriptural references to support each lesson. The facing page contains a colorful and really delightful illustration to go with the topic. Overall, I was very pleased with the content. Not only is the wording very child friendly; it explains many profound theological concepts. The Scripture and the questions that follow along with the illustrations make this book very interactive. It is meant to be read by the adult to the child and not read independently. Even though each reading is very short, there is much discussion that could be had. Those who are of a reformed/Calvinistic bent might bristle at some of the language Taylor uses. He repeatedly mentions that Jesus died for everyone’s sins. He offers a simple prayer for salvation: “Who died for your sins? Do you want to ask Him to forgive you and be your Savior and Lord? Let’s do it now. You can pray, ‘Thank you, Jesus, for dying for my sins.’” Later lessons seem to imply that the child is a “friend of Jesus” with all the benefits of the Holy Spirit and heaven in the future. Since this book is so interactive, though, parents can better qualify and explain these statements to fit their reformed theology. So, maybe it isn’t everything a child should know about God, but it certainly is a good introduction. It is also very comprehensive covering topics from Genesis through Revelation. I would recommend this book with the qualifications that it be read by an adult and not just left for the child and that the adult truly interacts with the child about each topic. In that way, I see this book as being a valuable asset to your home library. This review was originally published on Booksataglance.com
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