“And everyone, the young and the old that heard Jesus and the disciples speak, knew that God loved them very much,” the story of Jesus’s ministry concludes in Zonderkidz’s children’s book, Jesus Shows God’s Love.
Part of The Beginner’s Bible series, this twenty-four page paperback targets children four to eight years old interested in knowing more about a portion of Jesus’s life on earth. Using the New International Reader’s Version of the Bible, the story is taken from the Gospels in the New Testament. Due to the amount of wording, it would best be read out loud to non-readers or beginner readers who like to look at pictures due to their limited reading comprehension level. This reviewer wished all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.
With a Bible verse from Matthew 3:17 written out under the book’s title, the story begins on the special day that Jesus was born and ends abruptly with Jesus talking to others about God’s love for them. Focusing mainly on His ministry, there is no suggestion of Jesus dying on the cross for our sins or the eternal plan of salvation.
Stating Jesus grew up like everyone else, the story progresses that He became a good and kind man. The explanation of John the Baptist baptizing Jesus is given. Also added is Jesus finding His twelve disciples with two pictures of them that include their individual names. The remainder of the book is Jesus telling His disciples about the love of God, and they, including Christ, explaining the same message of love to many others.
All artwork by an unmentioned illustrator is in ovals on almost every page. The designs are in full color with expressive characters mostly smiling. There are no scary scenes; only Judas Iscariot has a shifty eyes.
With mostly simplistic wording that a beginner reader can comprehend, the book offers a glimpse at what Jesus did when He was on earth before He was crucified and resurrected. Reminding children that Jesus always promoted God’s love, children may enjoy this innocuous read that only focuses on the beginning of His ministry with no mention of His many miracles.
Thanks to Zonderkidz for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinions.
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