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Lovely idea, would be better if it was non-denominational
on 24 January 2013
This is a lovely idea for a book - a set of devotional thoughts for children about God and Jesus' love for us. It is beautifully and uniquely illustrated throughout, and it's written in language that's appealing and easy to understand. There are some really lovely, uplifting thoughts, and some of the Bible verses are very nicely interpreted and expanded upon.
So why not 5 stars? Firstly, I'd prefer it if it was non-denominational, but several denominational teachings creep in, such as the Trinity. Not all Christians agree that this is a Biblical teaching, so why put it in? It would be just as easy to leave it out. Secondly, quite a few of the devotionals seemed quite wishy-washy with very little to do with the Bible verse and just seemed 'poetic' for the sake of being poetic. Thirdly, there's a lot of emphasis on how 'we've messed up God's world with our sin'. Which, yes, is true. But I don't think it's something I'd focus on quite this much with children, who probably don't need to hear that they've had a part in messing up the world all the time.
There's definitely some lovely parts to this book, but I'd really only recommend it if you're happy to read it with your child and alongside the Bible, and to be aware of the concerns above.