Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Review of Believe Storybook
If you are unfamiliar with Randy Frazee's books, "Believe" is part of the national church-wide program led by Randy Frazee himself. His Believe books show children and adults alike how they can think, act and be like Jesus.
The estimated age range for this storybook is 4-8 years, but my 3 year old loved listening to the stories, and my 1 year old even enjoyed flipping through the pages looking at the colorful illustrations. I would say this book could be enjoyed from 1 year up to 8 years.
The Believe Storybook includes 60 Old and New Testament stories from the Bible beginning with The Creation and ending with Jesus and His disciples. Each story has a theme such as Worship, Hope, Faithfulness or Compassion. Chapters begin with a "THINK" section with a key question, such as "Who is God?" It's followed by an explanation that includes multiple questions and is easy for children to understand.
The next section includes an Old Testament Bible passage that is broken down into words that a child would understand. Next is "The Jump to Jesus" which explains how all of this relates to Jesus even though He wouldn't be born for many more years. It includes a Bible passage from the New Testament that is also easy for children to understand.
The last section of each chapter is called "The Jesus Answer." In the first chapter, the author asks readers if they could spot the three different persons of God in that Story, meaning God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. It goes on to explain each person of God and what They do.
I have no complaints on this Bible Storybook. It goes a lot more in depth than most Bibles for children this age. Randy Frazee has taken the time to explore the heart of a child and really has a gift for ministering to children. I liked the fact that the illustrations were not cartoon-ish, but were made to look like actual people. Each chapter was the perfect length for a preschooler or elementary school age child. I plan to use this book as a devotional for my three year old. After reading through the Believe Storybook, I am eager to read the other Believe books and Bibles!
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