Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Believe Storybook - A Review

Believe Storybook
Think, Act, Be Like Jesus

Randy Frazee
With Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton
Illustrated by Steve James

A Review

Though I am approaching the normal retirement age, I was surprised how I was attracted to the comments, questions, and the large, colorful images that make up the “Believe Storybook”. Aimed at a grade school reader, the book could easily be used by a 4th or 5th grade student for personal devotions. However the book could also be of value to a parent or grandparent trying to provide opportunities for a younger child to be a part of family devotions.

The book divides itself into three sections: “THINK”, “BE”, and “ACT”.  Each section is further divided into 10 chapters, each focusing on a character trait or behavior that will allow the child (or adult) to better represent Jesus in his or her world. These are exactly the same themes covered in earlier books in this series:

Each chapter consists of an Old Testament reading and a New Testament reading, a brief commentary (developed for the child) and a set of devotional thoughts, again aimed at the younger reader.

Missing from each volume is an index giving references in the order found in the Bible - the current book is also missing any kind of listing of the Biblical text used - though the table of contents does provide the name of each Bible story used.  Also, the current lack of a paperback might make the book out of reach for some families - especially for a book that has a limited life span.
For the parent or grandparent looking to introduce a practice of devotions into a child’s life, this may be a good place to begin. The book might serve as an excellent “graduation” gift for those children moving from one class (in school or Sunday School) to another or, a bit later in the year, a Christmas gift.

This review is based on a free copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review.  The opinions expressed are my own.

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