“The devil is mean, he wants you to fall. Jesus is with us, He’ll help you stand tall,” Chris Rader and Johnnie Coley write in their children’s book, Yes, Dear, There Really is a Devil.
~ What ~
This twenty-eight-page paperback targets four to ten-year-old children who want to learn about God, the Devil, and the Bible. With no extremely scary or violent scenes except for lions baring teeth and getting ready to attack, it would best be read out loud to beginner readers due to some complicated wording.
After a dedication and foreword, the pages have colorful, descriptive illustrations with a two-line rhyme at the top of left side of the open pages and a written out verse taken from the English Standard Version of the Holy Bible at the bottom. It ends with a note to caregivers with ideas and resources and a word from the authors.
Explaining to a child about the Devil can be a daunting task. In this short book in rhyme, the setting involves two teenage-looking hunter soldiers with swords and shields who are on guard from a lion, snake, and man that is portrayed as the Devil. Challenging the child to make the right choices daily, it reminds readers to listen and obey God instead of being lured into making wrong decisions. By staying on the narrow path and using the shield of faith, one can thwart the Devil. Jesus is the answer and knows the inner hearts of everyone.
~ Why ~
While the pictures show the two soldiers having to stand up and fight the lion, it also expresses children doing good and bad things such as sharing and being friendly compared to fighting and bullying. Having touches of Pilgrim’s Progress, it includes sword-fighting and Jesus at an empty tomb, baptism, and the Christian’s armor.
~ Why Not ~
Since the Devil is depicted as a snake and lion, the book may produce fear of such animals. Not mentioning that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, shed His blood, and rose again, it may not show how belief in Him conquers the Devil and all of his evil ways.
~ Who ~
Rader is a pastor’s wife and mother of two children. Having worked with children over thirty years, Coley has written three books. No information is provided on the sketch designer or illustrator.
~ Wish ~
With the helpful Bible verses written out, the storyline that has rhymes and pictures about the Devil are more apropos about salvation and eternal life. Knowing the authors were trying to explain the evil one, I wish there were a different way to do it without scaring a child into thinking lions, snakes, and a mean man wearing a purple shirt are bad.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a starter book for children that discusses the Devil and some of his wicked ways, this may help open the door for further Biblical discussion, yet it vaguely refers to the eternal plan of salvation.
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