I have been reviewing books on this thing since the summer of 2013. Because I want to teach the Bible, the majority of the books I’ve reviewed have been theology books, commentaries, and books on biblical theology + the occasional Bible, online course, audio lecture, and book on Norway. Now, thanks to Mari’s encouragement and having a one-year-old, I’m adding a new line: children’s books—specifically, Christian children’s books. I’ll post my reviews on Fridays, though probably not every Friday. And they won’t be about any ol’ random book on Noah or David, but books which center around the gospel in a way that makes sense to toddlers and our little ones.
A few of my upcoming reviews are
Buster’s Ears Trip Him Up: When You Fail (Good News for Little Hearts) – Ed Welch
The Doctor Who Became a Preacher – Rebecca VanDoodewaard
The Friend Who Forgives (Tales That Tell the Truth) – Dan DeWitt (review here)
The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross – Carl Laferton
God Made Me AND You: Celebrating God’s Design for Ethnic Diversity – Shai Linne
Goodbye to Goodbyes – Lauren Chandler
The Storm that Stopped – Alison Mitchell
And there are more than just those. Mari and I have been looking and have found a good many books which look charming for kids and comforting for parents. Children’s book aren’t cheap. If you’re going to buy a Bible-themed book for you kids, you want to buy ones with substance. We live in a performance culture. The better you perform, the more people will see you and tell you how great you are. In Buster’s Ears Trip Him Up, we see the gospel in the midst of failure. You don’t need to win. When we do sin, we have “the friend who forgives” us, “again, and again, and again.”
These are books that need to be read with our little ones.