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My ABC Bible Verses: Hiding God's Word in Little Hearts Hardcover – July 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (July 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581340052
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581340051
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 8.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Susan Hunt is the women’s ministry consultant for Christian Education and Publications. She is also a mother, grandmother, pastor’s wife, author, and the former director of women’s ministries for the Presbyterian Church in America. Hunt has written a number of books, including Spiritual Mothering and Big Truths for Little Kids.

YVETTE BANEK is a reviewer of crime fiction and a freelance illustrator. Her illustrations have appeared in several books, including Crossway's God Made Them All and My ABC Bible Verses: Hiding God's Word in Little Hearts. She lives in New Jersey.


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Susan Hunt is a mother and grandmother, a pastor's wife, and the former Director of Women's Ministries for the Presbyterian Church in America. Holding a degree in Christian education from Columbia Theological Seminary, she has written a number of books, including several by Crossway.

Customer Reviews

We read the stories at night and then incorporate the prayers into bedtime, which I love.
CODY JARVIS
What I really like is how it is designed to teach children to learn and live Gods word but it teaches them to do so out of love, with stong moral values.
Amazon Customer
I also appreciate that at the end of the story, there are a few questions pertaining to the particular verse for the kids to answer.
Sarah

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95 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 17, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The main reason I picked up this book was to help teach my 3 year old the alphabet but after 2 letters (one per day) I am amazed at how much more this book really is. I am using it as a daily devotional for my 3 year old daughter and my 7 year old son.
What I really like is how it is designed to teach children to learn and live Gods word but it teaches them to do so out of love, with stong moral values. The stories are engaging and both of my children enjoy them.
We hadnt put the book down for very long when my children began to fuss over a toy, we reread the "B" story, then without any further prompting my son resolved the issue through timed sharing, even apologized to his sister for his bad attitude.
When it was time for bedtime stories my son asked if we could do more letters instead of our other Bible stories.
This book is a must have for every Christian family.
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103 of 110 people found the following review helpful By lindsay white on November 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
There are great things about this book that my boys connect with. They love the story format, the verses are well picked, and I like the questions that go with each verse/story. On the contrary, I feel upon reading this to my children the need to further explain some of the examples given. Missy and Bill (the main characters) seem to always do the "right thing," there are frequent times when one ALMOST misbehaves but then "Missy remembered proverbs 15:1...." which in a perfect world is great, but that is not the way my children operate. They can recall bible verses until they are blue in the face, but until it penetrates their hearts...they are just operating out of behavior modification. I know it is difficult to introduce Biblical concepts to children without being "works based" verses "grace based," but I wish the authors would have had the children (instead of their friends or the non believers) be the ones messing up some of the time, this would paint a more realistic picture...that said, my boys have not caught on to this and they really do love the stories AND are memorizing truth.

Overall good buy but needs balance with a view that we all (mommy and daddy included) sin and are in constant need of repentance...and with that, i'll step off my soapbox:)
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60 of 65 people found the following review helpful By J. Giesbrecht on July 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I wanted to give this book 5 stars (or 4 - if there were 3.75 I'd do that). It is a good book. The ABC pattern for the verses is nice. The setup is easy and good - say the verse, story, repeat the verse, a few questions, review verses from before.

Onto my dislikes:

A lot of the stories have quite stilted conversations.

There is one about behaving well that involves the kids contrasting themselves being good and behaving well at the store because they love Jesus with this other bad little girl.

The stories are about kids who are comfortably wealthy, go to church every Sunday, and are good little kids. I suppose they reflect my suburban Christian childhood. But there is an air of judgementalism (like in the story I mentioned) that comes out sometimes that just doesn't sit well with me. There isn't anything WRONG with the stories and they don't actually judge or say mean things, but it's an implied judgement I guess.

My kids enjoy this, they learn the verses very quickly, they like the stories (they are 2 and 4 years old). I like it a lot too, but I do end up feeling a need to do extra explaining and/or changing some wording to make the stories less judgemental and more about learning the good news of the scripture itself.

It's a great book, I recommend it, but it also is not something that would work well in a preschool/young child group where not all kids are "church" families.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Sara on December 1, 2004
Format: Hardcover
As a place to start discussing Christian behavior with your children, this is great. Each letter of the alphabet is taught with a verse and a short story about behaving the way God commands us to.

The only problem I have with the book is it is extremely unrealistic in that the children never encounter any sort of negative reaction from their friends for desiring to obey God. I know that from my own experience as a Christian child in the public school system, this is just not possible. You will want to make sure you discuss these sorts of situations with your children in addition to reading these stories.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By January71 on January 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
We are really enjoying this book with our 2 1/2 year old daughters. The format: a Bible verse is featured on each two-page spread, followed by a brief explanation of the terms in the verse and a story/ object lesson that applies the verse in a real life situation.

We are very careful in how we want to impart God's Word to our children...not too babyish, flippant, or foolish, but not above their understanding, dry or boring either. Our girls can really relate to the object lessons, and discuss the verses throughout the day. We would like to buy more books from this author.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Lakota J. Myers on November 9, 2006
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I enjoy reading the stories in this book to my 3 year old. The characters and situations seem realistic. The verses chosen are good ones for small children to apply.

My main complaint would be the insistence on using the KJV. Too archaic and hard to explain to kids. Also, even the other words in the questions to ask or pre-story discussion seem too hard for preschoolers so I end up doing a lot of rephrasing. I realize many think of the KJV as the only legitimate version, but, come on-these are preschoolers! How are they supposed to relate? Constantly restating things seems like it would only confuse them.

I like the alphabetical order. This works well with many homeschool curricula. Good job, overall. Note to author-Just consider using easier and more modern wording, please.
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