The Jesus Bible (for kids): Discover Jesus in Every Book of the Bible

Jesus BibleBook Review (I’ve included photos below): I have viewed countless children’s bibles over the years, and The Jesus Bible (NIV), Discover Jesus in Every Book of the Bible is terrific! Although the stated age group is 9-12, this bible could also be shared with children a couple of years older and younger.

A few truly excellent features include:

  • 365 daily devotions which are located on every few pages.
  • At the beginning of each book there is a page outlining items such as, “Where is Jesus in this book?” “Who wrote this book?” and “What are some of the stories in this book?”
  • My favorite: super-short prayers on every three pages or so, which are extremely age-appropriate. These teach children to speak to God with gratitude and informality.

Other study helpers at the back of the book include:

  • Table of weights and measures.
  • An index of the devotions located throughout the bible for easy reference.
  • Index of “Hints of the Savior/Jesus Revealed” throughout the Old Testament.
  • Concordance and maps.

Being a hardcover, once you crack the spine, the bible lays open nicely. I was showing it to my 15-year old daughter and mentioned that a soft cover option would be nice. She reminded me that all my kids had hardcover bibles in their younger years, and she preferred them.

In summary, since Amazon does not have the “look inside” option, I have provided a few photos that I hope will be helpful. I requested this from Booksneeze (provided in exchange for my honest review) to share this with my godson. I believe he will love it! IMG_4748 IMG_4747 IMG_4746 IMG_4750 IMG_4749

31 Days to Happiness

After several years of listening to Dr. David Jeremiah on the radio, I was excited to read his new book, 31 Days to Happiness, How to Find What Really Matters in Life. What will give us the peace that nothing else can? The answer of course, is a relationship with God.

Using the book of Ecclesiastes, and countless real-world examples to illustrate his points, Dr. Jeremiah takes us through the life of King David’s son, Solomon. Although Solomon may have had more of everything than we do: wealth, fame, power, etc., his struggles largely resemble our struggles. Life is hard and we are frustrated. So, we attempt to comfort ourselves in a variety of ways.

We have a tendency to try and fill our need for God with excellence in our work, relationships with others, through entertainment, and many other distractions that cannot satisfy in us what only God can. While we enjoy what this world has to offer, Jeremiah shows through Ecclesiastes, that despite all achievements and pursuits, our right relationship with God is where the only true contentment can be found during our earthly existence.

Although I enjoyed the book, I also believe that the message could have been just as powerfully conveyed with a smaller volume. The text ends at 321 pages, which eventually feels very lengthy.

A fitting conclusion to this review is a quote from Chapter 19: Dr. Jeremiah states that, “God’s way may be the hard way, but it is always the high road…”

(In exchange for the book, BookSneeze has requested that I give an honest review.)