Five of our Favorite Children’s Books Just in Time for Christmas!
Storytellers throughout the history of literature have been borrowing from God’s design when they weave their tales of justice and mercy, brokenness and redemption. As children begin to read novels with well-rounded characters, they will learn about the ways a fictional character is modeled after and represents a real person, such as the character who acts as a savior. This character, and any other character modeling reality, is called an *archetype, and whether the author is a Christian or not, when they write about a savior, they reveal a basic need in that story that reflects our need for the original Savior – Christ himself.
In Redeemer Kids, we learn about how each part of God’s Word is a piece of His unfolding story and that Jesus is the thread woven from Old Testament promises into present realities and future hope. We use Marty Machowski’s The Gospel Story Bible on Sunday morning, but because there are so many beautiful children’s stories out there, we put together a list of our favorites just in time to complete your Christmas shopping. Let us know if you want more recommendations like this in the future!
*An archetype, according to Webster’s Dictionary, is the original pattern or model of which all things of the same type are representations or copies. In other words, it is a prototype or an example of the real thing.
1.The Biggest Story: How the snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden
by Kevin Deyoung
This hardcover book condenses the Bible into a timeline that is easy to follow and captivates tiny listeners, ages five to eight, with vibrant illustrations on every page. Children ages eight to eleven could read it to you! To order this through Amazon.com, click the book cover above.
In the mean time, here’s a short preview.
2. Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing
by Sally Lloyd-Jones
Sally Lloyd-Jones is known for her book, Jesus Story Bible. But the unique nature of this book is that, rather than focusing on a specific timeline, it focuses on biblical themes that inspire awe in the hearts of children as well as adults. Enjoy this short preview.
3. The Prince’s Poison Cup
by R C Sproul
In one of Dr. Sproul’s most loved children’s stories, he delivers the gospel message in fairytale fashion, through the art of allegory. There is a video presentation of this story for a younger crowd found here. However, only the hardcover copy of this book has a guide for parents on drawing out the biblical implications of the story. You can purchase a printed copy on Amazon by clicking on the book cover above.
4. The Garden, The Curtain, and the Cross
by Carl Laferton (Author) and Catalina Echeverri (Illustrator)
Similar to The Biggest Story, this book highlights the road paved for Jesus to become the Savior of the world. Kids get to watch the true story unfold from a bird’s eye view. Listen to this story with your little ones at home as it is read by Trillia Newbell, a regular contributor at The Gospel Coalition and author of United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity. For more information on the hardcover copy, click the book cover and it will redirect you to Amazon.
5. The Ology: Ancient Truths Ever New
by Marty Machowski
From the author of The Gospel Story Bible, this book teaches basic yet profound concepts of our faith. You can also purchase an album of songs performed by Sovereign Grace to accompany the book. Once again, for more information on the hardcover copy, click the book cover above. You will also be able to purchase the corresponding CD on Amazon. And finally, you can find a sample of Sovereign Grace Kids songs right here.
Book Recommendations by Laurén Heffner