You might remember that I have an author-reader crush on author Sally Lloyd Jones. She is the author of THE BEST BOOK IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD: The Jesus Storybook Bible. She also authors several other Bible story books one of which is Tiny Bear’s Bible. My son got this as a baby present (or I got it as a shower present, whatever.) and I really love the short Bible story poems with a personal application at the end. And Asa likes it because…well, look:
Sally Lloyd Jones has a new baby Bible storybook out called (are you ready for this?) Baby’s Hug-a-Bible. Yep, a huggable Bible:
(oh, you can’t tell from this picture–it’s furry!)
However, beneath the funny fur is a really sweet (and very practical) Bible story book. Each story is laid out in questions like, this one about Moses:
Who saved a baby in a boat?
Who kept that baby’s boat afloat? …
Who cares for you in just that way?
And gives you all you need today?
Yes, God’s the one who, day by day,
Will care for you in every way!
For babies (and toddlers and preschoolers), this kind of story is perfect—the rhyme, the questions and the most important: THE PROMISES! I love hearing stories that show God’s promises to be true. I’d love to plant this whole idea in Asa’s head NOW so he will remember it always!
And can I tell you something else that might sound weird? When I was in college I interned at a church that had one of the premiere children’s ministries in the country. In their nursery department they introduced the Bible by singing the B-I-B-L-E and by helping the kids hug the Bible.
Can I just say that there is nothing cuter than watching a toddler see a Bible, pick it up and hug it. Since we’ve had this Hug-a-Bible, I’ve been making helping Asa hug it. And he does! Oh, with a fierceness! But can I tell you something? He loves this book. Are there any other books we hug? He knows that we think this book is special because we hug it. And that’s what I want. I want him to know the Bible is the most special, the most important book in his life.
I’m not suggesting that hugging a Bible will make your kids love God. I’m just all about introducing kids to God on their level. And right now, the Hug-a-Bible is showing my 18 month old son how important the Bible is!
Disclosure: I asked to review this book. I was given the book to facilitate that review.