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Andy and Jennifer Naselli recently reviewed theology books for younger children. Their reviews can be found here.

To their list I would add and highly recommend the following set of 4 books:

Cheryl Fawcett and Robert C. Newman (Schaumburg, IL: Regular Baptist Press, 2003)
Kids’ Questions about God and Jesus, Kids’ Questions about the Bible and Creation, Kids’ Questions about Sin and Salvation, and Kids’ Questions about Church and the Future

I’m using these books right now for our family devotions. Although they’re a little young for our kids (10 and 8), they are great for kids 4–8.

2 Comments

  • Nat Kealen says:

    I cannot agree more with the RBP books. They are too often overlooked.

    We’ve used three of the books that the Naselli’s have reviewed.

    The Jesus Storybook Bible brought tears to my eyes as I went over some of the passages with my children. The author certainly understands the scope that our Savior is represented in the entire Bible
    The Big Picture Story Bible was great for our youngest. The illustrations and stories were engaging. We have a 2&3’s class that takes place during our morning service. The teachers used this for half a year and had great results.
    Big Truths for Young Hearts: Teaching and Learning the Greatness of God can go a little deep at times, but it is excellent as well. Teaching theology to children? Yes!
    Sometimes, we read right out of the Bible. This usually generates the most questions from our kids. I believe the Author intended that by design.

    I think sometimes we as teachers and leaders can get too wrapped up in teaching the narrative or stories to young children (especially in a LOT of curriculum that is out there).

    Stories are great. Biblical stories are amazing. They were real people. However, in today’s culture, everyone has a story and many kids watch and see so much knowing that most stories are not real. It may be too easy for children to think of the Bible as another set of stories.

    Our challenge is to make sure that these narratives are real events and that the theology behind them can make them much more real–believably true.

  • Dick Dayton says:

    Greg, Thanks for this post. I have a number of young families, and I will have them take a look at these resources. Dick

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