This children’s book features retellings of 9 Old Testament Bible stories and 9 New Testament Bible stories starting with the Creation of the world and concluding with the Resurrection of Jesus.
These stories are very sweet to read aloud to young children such as, “The Little Lost Lamb” where it says that the shepherd was counting his sheep and realized Little Fluffy was missing (based on the parables of the Lost Sheep in Luke 15).
Another story, “The Super-Duper Picnic” tells how a little boy named Nathan got to share his lunch of five loaves of bread and 2 small fish with Jesus (based on Feeding the 5,000 in John 6).
The unique feature of this book is that each story is accompanied by a “Love Letter from God.”
You lift the flap and see the letter inside.
There is a line to write your child’s name on, “Dear _____,” This is followed by a personal message from God.
For example, for “The Super-Duper Picnic,” the letter says, “Imagine how happy Nathan felt when he made Jesus smile.
Do you think you can make Jesus smile too?
Whenever you are kind, whenever you are generous like Nathan, that makes Jesus smile.
And guess what–when Jesus smiles, I smile too!
With lots of love, God.”
There is also a Bible verse featured along with each story and letter that is very encouraging to young children and reassures them of God’s love.
For example “I am pleased with you,” -Exodus 33:17.
What I Like about Love Letters from God: Bible Stories
The first thing I noticed about this book was how beautiful it is.
The artwork is simply delightful with butterflies, birds, seashells, and buttons scattered throughout the pages.
Children love mail and the envelopes are decorated with precious postage stamps that relate to the story.
The people’s faces are so tenderly done…this is truly an artistic style that is a joy to share with little ones.
Also, the pages are thick and sturdy…a plus for a lift-the flap feature.
As I began to read the stories aloud, I also noticed how well-written and fun each story is.
This isn’t a Bible for kids…this is a collection of imaginative and creative stories with fun word plays such as the very smelly belly inside Jonah’s giant fish and plip plop, plip plop for the rain that started the Flood.
This is a good book to snuggle up with and read to your child at bedtime or on a snowy day when you’re stuck inside.
The personal love letter from God helps little ones (and us) be reminded that God is a personal God who loves each one of us and wants to communicate with us.
Title: Love Letters from God: Bible Stories
– A Lift the Flap Book
Author: Glenys Nellist
Illustrator: Sophie Allsopp
Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Publisher: Zonderkidz; Ltf edition (August 26, 2014)
Available at amazon.com.
Reviewed by Nancy I. Sanders. www.nancyisanders.com