“An angel is anything but fluff and stuff. They are powerful, majestic beings made up of mind and spirit,” Allia Zobel Nolan writes in the introduction to her children’s book, Angels in the Bible Storybook.
~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-twenty-four-page hardbound targets children ages four to eight years old who enjoy stories about angels and the Bible. Using the New International Reader’s Version of the Holy Bible, it retells stories where angels are mentioned in Scriptures. With multiple-syllable and hard-to-comprehend words, the book would best be read out loud to beginner readers.
Focusing on angels, a total of thirty-two stories are taken from both the Old and New Testament of the Bible, ranging from iconic figures such as Abraham and Sarah, Lot, Joshua, Gideon, Elijah, and Daniel to Jesus, Phillip, Peter, and Paul. The five-to-eight-page stories explain an angel or angels participation in being God’s helper or guide.
~ Why ~
Noting that there are good and bad angels, the book covers a plethora of Biblical encounters and happenings involving the beings that will keep young children engaged. Without too scary scenes for some little ones, illustrations include Lot and his family fleeing a burning city, Jericho’s walls falling down, Daniel being with calm lions, Jesus’s disciples in prison, and Paul being shipwrecked. I like that the focus is not only on the angels but also God and Jesus.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not believe in Christ or have a personal relationship with Him will probably avoid this book. With no step-by-step eternal plan of salvation given, it does state that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, but there is no crucifixion scene.
~ Who ~
Living in Connecticut with her husband, Nolan is an internationally published author of over two-hundred children and adult books that reflect God and cats. Illustrator Massari specializes in children’s illustrations worldwide and lives in Italy with her family.
~ Wish ~
I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence. It would help if some of the complicated wording were easier to understand for the younger listeners.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a children’s book of short Bible stories relating to angels, this a good start but should not replace the Word of God.
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