Love Letters from God Bible Stories is a children’s book, written by Glenys Nellist. In this book from Zonderkidz, children can not only read some of the best-loved stories of the Bible, but while doing so they get to read their own personal mail from God. Each story includes a message of God’s love, written especially for the child that will be a sure delight and encouragement to them.
After reading this book, it is easy to tell that the way it has been written and illustrated for children is perfect to capture their attention. The stories are easy to understand and provide the necessary details that children need to know. The illustrations span across age-gaps, being ideal for preschool children as well as elementary. The complete collection of stories cover a broad spectrum of the Bible, encompassing various stories chronologically from creation through the resurrection of Jesus. I thought having a key verse at the end of each story was a good addition, to help children be able to connect what they learn as an actual story in the Bible and not just something from a “storybook.”
The only negative (if you could call it that) about this book, in my opinion, could be the “letter from God” concept. Take the “letter from God” included with the story of David and Goliath, for example.
I have something very special to tell you: No giant is bigger than me! No giant is stronger than me!
So do not be afraid of giant things in your life that might frighten you. Never forget I am bigger and stronger than anything you might be scared of. So try to be like David– do not be afraid. Remember, I am always with you.
Your Big Strong Friend,
While each letter, like this one, may have facts and statements that are true about God, to call them a “letter from God,” especially in a child’s, eyes could be a stretch since the letter was formed from truths from Scripture and not an actual “letter from God.” This likely would not be a big deal, but it would be important for parents and children’s ministry leaders to keep this in mind, when reading this to a child.
Overall, I think this book is great. I’m certainly looking forward to reading this book together with my son. It adds a close, personal touch to stories that can already be easily applied to the lives of children. This book helps them do just that, and reminds them that God isn’t some cosmic guy out there just watching everything that happens. This book reminds children that God cares about them personally, and wants them to come to have a close relationship with Him.