*I received this book as a review copy from Graham Blanchard. All opinions expressed are my own.
I have blogged about some of the books in this “Knowing My God” series before (see here). My family loves the books, they are ones that my kids can sit and look at by themselves (and they do, a lot). Before Christmas I participated in a giveaway that Graham Blanchard was putting on and we were so blessed to win it and receive all 4 of the books in this series (among others). I was beyond shocked but also excited because I had wanted to get the whole series for a while now.
This particular book, Jesus Helps Me, has only recently released. I am excited to see them adding to their line-up of books, especially in this series. It is so important for us to teach our children about the Lord, and I love being able to use good books to do so, especially with young children.
Jesus Helps Me gives children a glimpse into what it means to believe in Christ, growing closer to Him, and using the tools He provides to help us live the Christian life. Through the lives of different birds, children are introduced to various aspects of the Christian life, such as learning to stay close to the Lord, getting to know God and Christ as one and the same, using the light that Christ provides, living by faith, and how it is Christ’s work that saves us, not our own. The ideas presented are so profound to the Christian walk, but also simply written so that even young children can understand these concepts.
The pictures used are absolutely gorgeous (I will not be showing my husband the owl one as he might take apart the book to frame it, hah), and you can see every little detail. I am really impressed with the photography and the way the book is put together.
Again, the one thing I don’t like so much is the use of the NIV, but I realize I am in the minority when it comes to that. And, I can always print off the verses in KJV and glue them into the book over the NIV ones. They’re really just partial verses on each page (this particular book goes through John 12:44-47). I try not to throw out good books based on Bible versions, especially when there really isn’t a whole lot in KJV anymore. And I have a hard time finding good books for young children so I appreciate what this publishing company is attempting to do.
Overall, I do recommend these books. I think the idea of teaching young children about living as a Christian is extremely important in seeing them continue to walk in that path when they are older. If you haven’t had a chance before, check out Graham Blanchard and some of the other books they have out.
And here are some of my other reviews of Graham Blanchard Books: