Monday, May 24, 2010

Book Review: God's Promises for Boys

My son is just under two years old so he is not yet conscious of our Christian faith. But in a few years, he will surely have lots of questions as he struggles to navigate the world around him and becomes more self-aware.

God's Promises for Boys
by Jack Countryman and Amy Parker is a book of verses adapted from the bestselling International Children's Bible® to offer comfort and encouragement when a boy is feeling afraid, lonely, worried, angry, dissatisfied, discouraged, sad, rebellious, impatient or sick. It also aims to reassure preschool and elementary-aged boys of God's protection, love, forgiveness and help, and reminds them that He listens when they pray.

Each situation is given a colorful 2-page spread with glossy pages, adorable illustrations, a short poem and no less than 3 scriptures that apply to the scenario. For example:
God's Promises When You Feel Lonely

"So don't worry, because I am with you.
Don't be afraid, because I am your God.
I will make you strong and will help you.
I will support you with my right hand that saves you."
~ Isaiah 41:10
The short, succinct format of the book makes it easy for children to find and read the passage that they need the most at that particular moment. For older boys, they can read the verses aloud and you can then interpret and discuss them together. For younger boys, you can read one "promise" each night before bed as a way to drive home the message.

I love that I can share biblical principles with my toddler in a fun, engaging way. As he grows older, he can learn how to manage his emotions and maintain hope and optimism by using this simple reference, which is much less intimidating than a full children's bible. The compact, hardcover size makes it the perfect travel or backpack companion.

This book would make a wonderful gift for a baptism/first communion/confirmation - or just because. I can't think of a better way for little ones to keep God close to their heart.

BUY IT: You can purchase God's Promises for Boys online at (ARV $11.04).

Have a daughter? You can also purchase God's Promises for Girls.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book as a member of Thomas Nelson's BookSneeze program. I was in no other way compensated for this post and I was under no obligation to write a positive review.


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