This time around was even more fun because I got to include my sweet boys in my first children's book review. Over Easter weekend, we all sat down and read together "The Story of King Jesus" by Ben Irwin. And since then my youngest has read it on his own 2 or 3 times.
I was immediately overwhelmed by the beautifully done, breath-taking illustrations by Nick Lee.
But more than that, I loved the words. A simple, direct presentation of the gospel message, written in a way that children understand. There are not many things that keep both my 6 and 8 year-old boys' attention, particularly since their personalities and interests are like night and day.
But this book did just that. We read it together in one sitting and were in awe of a God who over and over again, forgave and made a way for His people, despite their continual mistakes and desire to go their own way.
He loved them with an everlasting love, even to the point of sending His own Son to die in their place.
My favorite page reminds us that He did not have to die for us. He chose to. And then God raised Him from the dead, so that we can have forgiveness of sins and eternal life with Him.
It is a story that all children need to hear. As the author himself states, it tells "the story of redemption - how God became King, how he's making the world right again so he can dwell with us" and it " has the power to transform a child's life."
I can say for sure that this book will be read over and over again in our house. It is the perfect family book for holidays, special occasions and even for story-time.
I highly recommend it for your family, too!