“Throughout the Bible you will find special love letters from God, as well as highlighted Wonderful Words,” Glenys Nellist explains in her children’s book, Love Letters from God: Holy Bible.
~ What ~
This twelve-hundred-forty-eight-page hardbound targets children six to ten years old looking for a Bible to call their own (third-grade reading level recommended). Using the New International Reader’s Version of the Holy Bible, it has additions that are part of the author’s Love Letters from God series. Being the Word of God with some frightening and scary situations, some young children should be cautioned. It would best be read out loud to beginner readers due to some of the complicated three syllable words.
While this is the NIrV Bible, added are eighty personal love letters supposedly from God inserted with eighty matching prompts for writing letters back to Him on the lined spaces. With special highlighted words of verses to memorize and cherish, there are eight full-color inserts, a presentation page, and ribbon marker.
~ Why ~
Every child should have a Bible. For children who like to read and write, this is one way to “connect with God” by considering what He would say to us and how we would respond. One love letter I liked was based on Joshua’s Chapter 6 regarding the walls of Jericho. The letter reminds the reader that God is always with us when we face problems; we are never alone. Instructions ask the writer to jot down a problem he or she is facing today and ask Him for help. The words to remember are: “Be strong and brave … I will be with you everywhere you go.”
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not believe in God may not be interested in the Holy Bible. Some children’s thinking process may not be advanced for writing out emotions or personal issues on paper to God (or in a Bible). Others may either find there are too few or too many love letters included. The printed paper is thin, so the words bleed through to the other side.
~ Who ~
Author Nellist has had stories and poems published in children magazines and produced other books in this series. She lives in Michigan with her husband.
~ Wish ~
I wish all pronouns of God and Jesus were capitalized for reverence in Nellist’s contents (they are not in the NIrV version). As a child, I was not allowed to write in my Bible so I wonder if this would be used better as a workbook or journal to go with a Bible instead.
~ Want ~
If a parent needs a sturdy Bible for a child that has added features of God writing letters to them and responding, this may be a nice gift book.
Thanks to Zonderkidz for this complimentary book, accepting my unbiased positive or negative opinion.
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