Title: I AM: The Names of God for Little Ones
Author: Diane Stortz
Illustrator: Diane Le Feyer
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
“God’s names teach us that He is powerful, loving, and gentle,” the back jacket states in the children’s book, I AM: The Names of God for Little Ones, by Diane Stortz.
~ What ~
At twenty-four pages, this hardbound with rounded corners and sparkles on the padded front cover targets preschool children and older who want to learn more about God. With no scary scenes, the colorful illustrations are detailed and expressive on all pages, captivating a young one’s attention. Using mainly the English Standard Version of the Holy Bible, the ICB and NLT are also referenced.
With the top of the left side of the page listing a name for God with the Hebrew or English rendition, a Bible verse and short rewritten paragraph from the Word is written out, overlapping a corresponding drawing. A short one-sentence prayer is on the bottom right side of the page. All names reflect who God is and why.
~ Why ~
This is terrific way to explain to a child who God is and what names He is called. There are the Old Testament names of Elohim, El Shaddai, Jehovah, El Moshaah, Jehovah Jireh, and Jehovah Rophe, as well as the Son of God, Rabbi, the Good Shepherd, Savior, Friend, and King of Kings. I love how the book is formatted in the same order as the Bible and that some of the Jewish names have pronunciations. The prayers complete the thought as they refer to the Almighty’s names.
One example is The Lord Will Provide / Jehovah Jireh (jeh-HO-vuh JYE-ruh) that has Genesis 22:14 written out. The paragraph covers Exodus 16 about God’s people trusting God to take care of them by giving them manna. The prayer is “Dear God, thank You for giving me all I need! Amen.”
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not approve of this book as it focuses on God. Beginner readers may have trouble with the two- and three-syllable words.
~ Wish ~
I was so impressed with this book that teaches God’s names that there are no suggestions to improve it except to provide more names of Him. I love that an adult reading it to a child will be encouraged and reminded of our Lord’s names too. Those of Jewish faith may appreciate the link to their Messiah.
~ Want ~
If your child is starting to question who is God and what are some of His names, this is an excellent short book that promotes a dozen names, explaining each of them through a Bible passage.
Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/i-am-diane-stortz/1127480799