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I Believe In Jesus: Leading Your Child To Christ Hardcover – October 19, 1999


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (October 19, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849975115
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849975110
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 10.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #633,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

While Christian parents agree that helping children to understand who God is is of the utmost importance, many struggle to find the words to explain the gospel to them. John MacArthur has successfully written a concise yet complete account of the gospel message in I Believe in Jesus, written entirely for young minds and hearts. With stirring watercolor illustrations from Melinda MacArthur, the author's daughter, I Believe in Jesus will hold the attention of little ones as well as communicate the most important message they will ever hear. Beginning at creation and moving through to eternity, MacArthur speaks directly to children in simple language by bringing theology (even tough subjects like the trinity) to a basic level. Pointed questions that ask, "Have you ever noticed how hard it is to always be good, kind, loving, and unselfish?" point out the child's need for a savior, while insightful answers give hope to young readers, saying, "Our sins should keep us out of heaven, but instead, God invites everyone--you too!--to come to Him and ask for forgiveness for our sins." As the child matures, he or she will begin to understand the Word of God in accordance with the childlike explanation coupled with it. This is sure to bring understanding that leads to wisdom (and hopefully repentance!) rather than the knowledge of a good story. The Word of God is trusted in this short story to change the hearts of children, hoping to usher them into His kingdom at a young, blessed age. --Jill Heatherly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, president of the Master’s College and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry. In more than four decades of ministry, John has written dozens of bestselling books, including The MacArthur Study Bible, The Gospel According to Jesus, and Slave. He and his wife, Patricia, have four married children and fifteen grandchildren.

More About the Author

Widely known for his thorough, candid approach to teaching God's Word, John MacArthur is a popular author and conference speaker and has served as pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California since 1969. John and his wife, Patricia, have four grown children and fourteen grandchildren.
John's pulpit ministry has been extended around the globe through his media ministry, Grace to You, and its satellite offices in seven countries. In addition to producing daily radio programs for nearly 2,000 English and Spanish radio outlets worldwide, Grace to You distributes books, software, audiotapes, and CDs by John MacArthur.
John is president of The Master's College and Seminary and has written hundreds of books and study guides, each one biblical and practical. Best-selling titles include The Gospel According to Jesus, Truth War, The Murder of Jesus, Twelve Ordinary Men, Twelve Extraordinary Women, and The MacArthur Study Bible, a 1998 ECPA Gold Medallion recipient.

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I recommend this book highly for those who want to teach their children about our blessed Savior.
Laurie D Potter
The Bible doesn't give "God wanted to fill heaven with people, so he saved some" as a reason for Christ dying on the cross.
Reformed.Calvinist
This book makes a simple, yet complete, presentation of the Gospel that a child should be able to understand.
Carroll C

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This story simply and profoundly walks through the true gospel. Children are given the capacity to understand biblical concepts while also "keeping it simple" through the wonderful illustrations and word useage. FANTASTIC.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
A great book for guiding a young child to the wonder of God's magnificient plan. I enjoyed it and look forward to sharing it with my six year old granddaughter. Highly recommended!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amy Lynn Adelseck on July 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book helped me teach my children about Jesus and the wonderful gift of Salvation. The pictures are simple and they grabbed the attention of my two boys. John MacArthur did a wonderful job of descibing in words how kids need the gift that only Jesus can give.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Laurie D Potter on February 14, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book for my two grandchildren, ages 1 year, and 3 years. I had it sent to my address so I could read it before mailing it to them. It is truthful, easy to understand, even for the very young, and exquisetly illustrated. It tells of the love of Jesus Christ for us. My daughter-in-law wrote to me, that my grandchildren love it, and she reads it to them before bed, and during the day when the 1 year old naps, the 3 year old trys to read it to my daughter-in-law. I recommend this book highly for those who want to teach their children about our blessed Savior. The book is truly outstanding, and a treasure for years to come.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Josh Williamson on December 5, 2010
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With a baby on the way and also with people asking me what good books are there for children, I thought I would take the time to read a children's Gospel book. Now I thought that this book written by John MacArthur would be great, however, after reading it I find myself being disappointed with the Gospel presented.

Dr. MacArthur in this book presents some great, deep theological truth, but then when it gets to explaining the Gospel, he fell short. While all the elements of death, burial and resurrection were present, the way in which the child was encouraged to respond was poor. Dr. MacArthur almost pushes the child into a "quick say this prayer" and asks the children "Do you want to go to heaven, if so come to Jesus." The child then has a space in the back of the book to write his / her name and date of conversion, and now has a promise of eternal life.

The reason I found this book disappointing is that MacArthur pushes the child with a pragmatic, humanistic message which is portrayed in the mindset of "do you want a great deal, then come to Jesus and get heaven." Also, I found it disappointing in that MacArthur fails to include repentance in the gospel message, it is simply "Believe and Receive", which I am shocked at, since MacArthur champions the cause of repentance in such books as "The Gospel According to Jesus."

Now all hope is not lost. I think this book can be used well. But only if the parent sits down and explains the concepts in the book. There is much good theology in this book but a parent will need to unpack it in such a way that does cause the "quick fill this in, you are saved mindset."

Overall, I give this book, 2 out 5.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Long on March 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is wonderful. My 4 year old and I both enjoy it. It is written well. It sparked questions from my child as well as teaching her the gospel in simple terms. This is a good purchase.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kg mom on February 17, 2010
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This is an excellent addition to the bible - when you are introducing Christ to your childs life. The book helps explain the importance of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit in a childs life - in everyones life.
Excellent purchase - I'm sorry this book seems to be out of print - I wanted to purchase more but each seller put a limit on the number one could purchase. Also, the price varied from seller to seller - a seven or eight dollar dollar book ranging from seven dollars to forty dollars - the very same book. What's up with that?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Selahpaws on February 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I am soooo pleased with my purchase. I want to buy more of this same book and share as gifts to others. MacArthur is annointed by the Holy Spirit and this book will not disappoint. Beautifully illustrated and filled with scriptures and easy to understand for children and adults alike!
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