Wednesday, October 3, 2012

What Is The Gospel? By Mandy Groce

Recommendation: **** (4-star)

Children have a way of asking questions that are both difficult and easy to answer at the same time! Questions concerning the gospel are some of the most important questions your child will (hopefully) ever ask - and the answer you give is of even greater importance. This book offers a simple look at some of the different aspects of the gospel and shows us the faith of a child we are all called to exhibit.

Positives: There is so  much about this book that I loved! First of all it was great to see a biblical family structure. This boy knew he could ask any family member about the gospel (brother, uncle, mom) and they would be willing to help him. Most importantly however, the story upholds the father as the spiritual head of the home. Although mom could have answered the question, she directed her son to his father. I also enjoyed the emphasis on the different aspects of the gospel. It spoke of sin and grace and being a part of God's Kingdom. I also enjoyed the illustrations!

Negatives: I wish the book had addressed God's holiness to better show the great gap between man and God.

Talking Points: As I said earlier, the gospel should be of utmost importance. Be deliberate and careful what you teach your child on this subject. Use Bible verses and biblical terms when talking about the gospel. Don't water it down  for them! Don't tell them they should "ask Jesus into their heart." Nowhere in Scripture are those words used! Trust the perfect, authoritative, sufficient Word of God! Will your child perfectly understand all aspects of the gospel? Well, do you? As you are given opportunity over and over again to explain the gospel, pray for the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of your child, that they will grow in their understanding of these vital truths. I loved the ending of this book - the boy trusted in God's faithfulness to continue to teach him these truths. That is what we must do as well! Here are some Scriptures to use as you share the gospel: God's holiness - Is. 6:1-3, Deut. 32:3-4, man's sinfulness - Eph. 2:1-3, Rom. 3:23, Rom. 3:10-12, penalty of sin - Rom. 6:23, I Cor. 6:9-11, Jesus Christ - John 1:1-5, Phil. 2:5-11, John 19:16-42, John 20:1-18, I Cor. 15, Faith - John 20:30-31, Acts 4:12, Eph. 2:8-10.

Age Level: 4-9 years of age

I received a free copy of this book from CF4K Publishers in exchange for this review.

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