Monday, April 20, 2015

{Book Review}: The Story of King Jesus

I have no idea how I got so lucky, to be chosen to review books for David C. Cook, but somewhere along the way it happened, and I must start by saying it has been an honor and a privilege. This is the 3rd or 4th review I have done for them and it is so much fun because they send me all of these fabulous free books and other gifts (one time I got a Kindle!) and all I have to do is tell you my opinion of these books. What a gig!

This time around was even more fun because I got to include my sweet boys in my first children's book review. Over Easter weekend, we all sat down and read together "The Story of King Jesus" by Ben Irwin. And since then my youngest has read it on his own 2 or 3 times.

I was immediately overwhelmed by the beautifully done, breath-taking illustrations by Nick Lee.

Seriously, gorgeous.

But more than that, I loved the words. A simple, direct presentation of the gospel message, written in a way that children understand. There are not many things that keep both my 6 and 8 year-old boys' attention, particularly since their personalities and interests are like night and day.

But this book did just that. We read it together in one sitting and were in awe of a God who over and over again, forgave and made a way for His people, despite their continual mistakes and desire to go their own way.

He loved them with an everlasting love, even to the point of sending His own Son to die in their place.

My favorite page reminds us that He did not have to die for us. He chose to. And then God raised Him from the dead, so that we can have forgiveness of sins and eternal life with Him.

It is a story that all children need to hear. As the author himself states, it tells "the story of redemption - how God became King, how he's making the world right again so he can dwell with us" and it " has the power to transform a child's life."

I can say for sure that this book will be read over and over again in our house. It is the perfect family book for holidays, special occasions and even for story-time.

I highly recommend it for your family, too!

About the Author: Erin Vick Franklin is the Creation Health Coordinator for Greene County, the Head Volleyball Coach at Greeneville High School and the founder/director at Worthy of the Prize. Erin has a BBA in Marketing and Management from TCU and a Masters of Christian Education in Church Recreation from Southwestern Seminary. She is a published, award-winning author and poet. Purchase her book Worthy of the Prize Sports Camps: A Church's Guide to Implementing an Effective, Community-Reaching Christian Sports Camp to be used as an outreach tool for your church or mission organization, and her ebook find joy in the journey: how 12 women could face tomorrow just because He lives for inspiring stories of women who found overwhelming joy despite their circumstances. Erin is the wife of A, a Worship Pastor, and a work-at-home-momma to 2 crazy little boys, a and e.

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