Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Song Of The Stars: A Christmas Story by Sally Lloyd-Jones

Recommendation: Recommended with Hesitation

All creation is awaiting the birth of Heaven's Son - God's great gift to man. The leaves and wind whisper "It's time!" to to the trees which in turn tells the birds and woodland creatures. The flowers, skies and ocean waves are all awaiting the appearance of the Christ-child. At last the angels sing and the star shines brightly to proclaim that the Light of the World has come.

Positives: I enjoyed the descriptive words and the meter of this story. The illustrations are unique and beautiful. I also loved the use of some of the names of Christ as they were creatively woven throughout the story (The Mighty King, The Bright and Morning Star, The Light of the World, Our Rescuer, The Good Shepherd to mention a few). The humanity and deity of Christ is simply shown through the carefully chosen language in the story.

Negatives: I am hesitant to recommend this book because of how the idea of creation awaiting Christ's birth is used. While we know that the whole of creation reflects the glory of God it is not biblical to say that creation was awaiting the birth of Jesus and it might confuse children.

Talking Points: I would begin by explaining that creation is a reflection of God's glory and should drive us to worship (Ps. 19:1, Ps. 8, Rom. 1:19-20). Talk about the different ways creation shows us who God is and teaches us about his character.  How do we see God's love and grace and faithfulness?  I would also express that while we do not know that creation awaited the arrival of Jesus on earth, we do know that creation is awaiting his return to earth (Rom.  8: 20-23). What will be different when Christ returns? (Is. 11, Is. 65:17-25). I would also use the names of Jesus given throughout the story to teach about who Jesus is. Use the Scripture passages associated with each name to talk about why these names were given to him.

The Mighty King (Is. 9:6)
The Prince of Peace (Is. 9:6)
The Bright and Morning Star (Rev. 22:16)
The Good Shepherd (John 10:11-18)
The Light of the World (John 8:12, 9:1-5)
The One Who Made Us (Col. 1:15-17)
Our Rescuer (Matt. 1:21, Acts 4:12)

Age Level: 3-7 years of age

I received a free copy of this book from Zonderkidz Publishing for this review.

1 comment:

  1. Having not read the book, I can't comment with much insight, but a thought that occurs to me is that the author might be alluding to the idea expressed in Romans 8:19ff "For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God."

    Thanks for your reviews - this is a useful site for other Moms like me!