Posts Tagged "Children’s Books"

DON’T HUG A GRUDGE by Donna Perugini (A Dad in the Middle Review)

Introduction

In the February installment of The Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol (February 2010), I featured an article from the blog of Donna Perugini.  That lead a brief exchange via e-mail in which she mentioned that she had written several children’s books.  She was kind enough to send me a free copy of one of her books titled “Don’t Hug a Grudge” for me to review for Dad in the Middle.

About the Author

Before jumping into the book, I like to know a little bit about the author.  Ms. Perugini’s blog indicates that she taught children the Word of God over 30 years.  Her blog indicates that her approach to teaching the Bible included “cutting it into bite-sized pieces and making it fun and entertaining.” In addition to Don’t Hug A Grudge, she has authored three other children’s books.  They include:

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#8 – My First Study Bible (Top Ten Christian Books for Kids)

Top Ten #8My First Study Bible is subtitled “Exploring God’s Word on My Own!” and it’s great for exactly that.  This book gives kids a chance to really study the Bible like they (hopefully) see their parents doing.  My First Study Bible retells biblical stories in a kid-friendly first person style with words and sentences meant for early readers.

Each book includes an introduction written as though it is coming from the author.  Mixed in with the stories are kid-friendly facts similar to those you might find in an adult study Bible.  The text also includes cross references to other related stories to get your little ones used to the idea of flipping within their Bibles to allow the Bible to interpret itself.  Each story ends with a “Think About This” section which gives kids questions and thoughts to ponder about what they’ve just read.

My First Study BibleHere’s what Christianbook.com has to say about  My First Study Bible:

“Now 4- to 7-year-olds can have a study Bible all their own, just like Mom and Dad! Biblical characters like Joshua, Rahab, David, Esther, Mary, and many more share their exciting stories. Children will learn all about God’s Word in a fun and exciting way. Each Bible story has an introduction, background information, special notes with lots of details, and a summary at the end. Each page also has colorful and entertaining illustrations. It also includes: Detailed sidebars; Character sketches; “Think About This” sections; and so much more! This hardcover book measures 7.75″ x 6.5″, and has 528 pages.”

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#9 – Big Truths for Young Hearts (Top Ten Christian Books for Kids)

Top Ten #9Big Truths for Young Heart is the one book in my top ten that actually breaks my own rules for this list.  Unlike the other books, I have not yet read this one cover-to-cover.  I have read numerous sections in doing research for various bible studies.

This book by Dr. Bruce Ware represents a complete systematic theology work meant entirely for children.  This book includes sections covering:

  • God’s Word
  • The Trinity
  • Creation and Dominion
  • Human Nature and Sin
  • Christology
  • The Completed Work of Christ
  • The Holy Spirit
  • Salvation
  • The Church
  • Eschatology

Each section is divided into a number smaller, kid-friendly sized, chapters.  Christianbook.com indicates this work is intended for 6-14 year olds.  That said, I’ve read chapters to both my 8-year-old and 6-year-old, and it kept their interest.  It also sparked interesting conversations dealing with the topics in each chapter.  Each chapter includes discussion questions as well as a memory verse based on the chapter.

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#10 – Arch Series Books (Top Ten Christian Books for Kids)

Top Ten #10Welcome to the very first installment of the Top Ten Christian Books for Kids.  I wasn’t entirely sure where to start this series until I looked on the top of my bookshelf.  Sitting on top of another set of books are about fifty to seventy-five little paper cover books that rank among my, and my kids, favorites when it comes to Bible stories.  Over the years, we have accumulated many of the books from the Arch series.

The arch series web site can be found Concordia Publishing House. By my count, they have well over 100 different books available.  Each book tells a Bible story in unique rhyming narratives that help to make the stories more memorable for children.  In addition to being great to read to younger children, they also make excellent books for your early readers.  Space prohibits me all the books in this series, but some of my favorite books in the series include:

  • The Story of Creation
  • The First Brothers
  • Noah’s 2-By-2 Adventure
  • The Ten Commandments
  • Tried and True Job
  • Baby Jesus Is Born
  • Star of Wonder
  • When Jesus Was Born
  • He’s Risen! He’s Alive!
  • The Day Jesus Died
  • Jesus Returns to Heaven
  • Jesus Calms the Storm
  • What’s For Lunch?
  • Jesus and the Family Trip
  • The Coming of the Holy Spirit
  • Zacchaeus
  • Twelve Who Followed Jesus
  • Saul’s Conversion
  • Moses’ Dry Feet
  • The Springy, Slingy Sling
  • The Lost Coin
  • The Lord’s Prayer
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Top Ten Christian Children’s Books

Over the last month or two there have been a rash (perhaps not the best word) of top ten lists of resources in Children’s Ministry that I have really enjoyed following. Those have included:

Top Ten Books USED

So, starting tomorrow, and over the course of the next couple of weeks, I am going to take a break from our normal series and offer up my own top ten! I’ve scoured through my personal book shelf of Christian children’s books gather over the course of raising four kids now ages 2 through 16 to find the top ten books for teaching kids about God. The focus of the list is on books that directly teach about God and Christianity and are targeted at preschool through elementary age kids. Finally, I limited my list to those books which I personally own and have read. Since my wife reigns in my spending on books (thankfully), I am sure that there are plenty of additional great resources out there for kids. I hope if you have a personal favorite, or even a list, of items not included in my list that you will share it in the comments.

In case you’re wondering, I do not receive anything for offering any of these reviews.  I should really look into that!  But, as a parent and a worker in Children’s Ministry I think it is important to share those resources that we come across that are exceptional!

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