The Beginner’s Gospel Story Bible
How do you explain the gospel to toddlers and preschoolers?
Often adults are stumped, but Jared Kennedy’s focus on the promises of God makes the gospel come alive to the littlest hearts. Through fifty-two Old and New Testament stories, The Beginner’s Gospel Story Bible highlights God’s perfect promises. Every page pops with bright colors, playful illustrations, fun learning opportunities, and, best of all each story points children to Jesus.
Kids know the value of a promise. Through the gospel, our good and all-powerful God keeps his word and fulfills his promises to us better than we could have ever thought or imagined!
In The Beginner’s Gospel Story Bible, author Jared Kennedy traces God’s perfect promises through fifty-two Old and New Testament stories, retold in simple and compelling ways with toddlers and preschoolers in mind. Each gospel-centered story highlights God’s tale of redemption through Jesus and the unexpected and surprising ways that God’s grace and mercy are revealed throughout the Bible. Children will hear the good news of God’s love for them clearly expressed in ways that will speak to their young hearts. Brightly colored illustrations highlight the stories and add fun teaching elements of counting, opposites, patterns, and object recognition to keep even the youngest child’s attention. Every story also ends with a question that parents and caregivers can use to further reinforce the message.
Through reading this book one chapter at a time to your children—or letting them read it to you!—even the youngest kids will come to know that God’s promises are especially for them, and that God always keeps his promises.
Jared Kennedy (MDiv, ThM, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) leads Sojourn Kids as Pastor of Families at Sojourn Community Church–Midtown in Louisville, KY. He also serves as children’s and family ministry strategist for the Sojourn Network and teaches as an adjunct professor at Boyce College.
Jared and his wife Megan have been married since 2002, and they have three daughters–Rachael (2005), Lucy (2006), and Elisabeth (2009).
Jared is author of The Beginner’s Gospel Story Bible (New Growth Press, 2017) and co-writer with Daniel Montgomery of Leadership Mosaic: 5 Leadership Principles for Ministry and Everyday Life (Crossway, 2016), winner of the 2017 ECPA Christian Book Award for Church Ministry
Book Review by Bree Herron
The question can be posed in many ways ” How does one teach a young child about the Bible?” that answer can possibly solved with this book for many parents. I really found that the style and look of this book was perfect for my child. Jared Kennedy not only grasped the gospel but delivered it in a manner that was very engaging.
As a reader I was even drawn into the perspective of having a new manner to learn the faith. As a parent I found that my child was curious and asking questions because of this book, I am hoping that it will continue to peak and spark her faith.
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