Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Boy And The Ocean by Max Lucado

Recommendation: *** (3 stars)

A young boy views the ocean, the mountains and the nighttime sky and learns from his parents how these elements of creation reflect God's love. He learns that God's love is special, it is always there.

Positives: This story uses a Biblical concept to create a touching story. The Bible tells us that creation teaches us about God and his character and this book focuses on teaching children about God's unending love. Just like we can't see the end of the ocean, we can never experience the end of God's love. The illustrations are simply amazing!

Negatives: I would have liked to see the story use Jesus as an expression of God's love as well. Without Jesus, there is not a complete gospel presentation in this book.

Talking Points: Scripture tells us that creation reflects God's character (Psalm 19:1, Rom. 1:18-20). Talk with your child about what they see in creation that points them to The Creator (i.e. seeing God's faithfulness in the patterns of morning and evening or the seasons). A great resource here is to use hymns. Many hymns express the character of God through creation. A few to start with would be "The Love of God" and "Great Is Thy Faithfulness." Since we never want to miss a gospel opportunity, also talk to your kids about Jesus being the ultimate expression of God's love toward us. John 3:16 tells us the reason God sent His Son! God loves the people He created, but because of our sin He is separated from us. Through Jesus coming to earth and living a sinless life we can now be forgiven and have a relationship with God. God loves us enough to continually move toward us when we are continually running from Him.

Age Level: 2-7 years of age

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

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