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Illustrated with dramatic, soft-edged digital artwork, the 101 free-verse poems in this spacious collection present Christian messages from the Bible to talk about at home and in church groups. The frequent question-and-answer format adds to the conversational tone, starting with lines accompanying an image of a huge horse leaping across the end pages: “God loves the horse / how much more must he love you?” “Dance!” shows “the whole universe dancing around the sun.” In contrast is “Cataclysm!,” which discusses planets that are in uproar because “we sinned.” Some entries are lighthearted: just as you don’t put porridge in a car engine, the Bible says don’t put anyone except God in the center of your life. Most, though, are serious and may disturb some, even as they stress forgiveness: God transformed murderers such as Moses and St. Paul into heroic leaders—“what could he do for you?” At the bottom of each page is the biblical passage on which the poem is based, and appended sources are paired with “more things to think about.” Grades 1-4. --Hazel Rochman

About the Author

Sally Lloyd-Jones is a leading writer of inspirational books for children. She is the author of three bestselling children’s Bibles, including the Moonbeam Award winner and ALA notable The Jesus Storybook Bible, as well as Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing, winner of the ECPA Inspirational Book award. She has written many picture books for children, such as the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller How to Be a Baby: By Me, the Big Sister and Song of the Stars. Sally was born and raised in Africa, was schooled in England, and now lives in New York City. She can be found at www.sallylloyd-jones.com.



Jago is an accomplished illustrator with several prestigious awards to his credit, including a Macmillian "Highly Commended" Award for Children’s Illustration in 2003, an AOI Silver Award in 2004, and the National Literacy Association Wow! Award. Jago lives in Cornwall, England, with his wife and daughter.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz; unknown edition (October 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310721636
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310721635
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (245 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Scott on October 10, 2012
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As a Christ following mother of three, I became familiar with this author because of the fantastic Jesus Storybook Bible. I am thrilled to see that this book has the same characteristics that led my family to enjoy the Storybook Bible so much. It is visually pleasing with gorgeous illustrations and a great feeling hardback book. The content is equally pleasing-- theologically sound (foreward by Tim Keller) and well written prose.

My children enjoy this book, but some days it functions as a devotion for me too.

Highly recommend.
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We got this a few hours ago and I"ve already read several stories to my kids. We love her Bible for kids so we ordered this without hesitation. Worth every penny and as you can see my kids love it. Thank you for your work Sally.
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THOUGHTS TO MAKE YOUR HEART SING is the follow-up to Sally Lloyd-Jones' groundbreaking JESUS STORYBOOK BIBLE. What the previous book did to give children a Christ-centered narrative covering the whole Bible, this new book acts as a collection of devotional thoughts to guide children to cultivate their relationship with Jesus. Combined with the beautiful artwork of Jago, THOUGHTS TO MAKE YOUR HEART SING is a great companion to the JESUS STORYBOOK BIBLE in drawing children into a growing knowledge of and relationship with Jesus.

The foreword to the book was written by Timothy Keller and he describes the book as "the best, first introduction for children to have their own time with Jesus." I love this book because of its focus on encouraging children to have their own time with Jesus. I have three small children, and this is something my wife and I want to cultivate in our children early. This book is the perfect resource and really meets that need in our lives.

My children love THOUGHTS TO MAKE YOUR HEART SING, and my daughter calls it her "very own Jesus book." The devotional thoughts and the artwork included with each one are great for drawing my children's attention. If you have children, this book will be a great addition to helping you disciple your own children to know and love Jesus.

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This book is filled with the most joyful, deeply meaningful, and encouraging messages...each page is a separate pearl, containing a wonderful thought, and a bible verse. The icing on the cake is the absolutely stunning illustrations. I cannot decide which is more captivating, the words, or the gorgeous artistic accompaniment. The truth is that each stands up to, and enhances the other. I have enjoyed reading this book myself; have purchased it for each of my children (ages 12-21) and nieces...and had to send one to my 74 year old mother, to read to her step-grand-babies.
I'm sure this book will inspire many evenings, and be a treasured favorite.
Well done Sally! the Jesus Storybook Bible was exceptional, but this is another realm of inspiration altogether...
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Sally has done it again! Although I did not enjoy the artwork in her Jesus Storybook Bible, it's the best children's Bible I've ever seen (I looked for a really good children's Bible for 35 years before hers was published). Her new book, "Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing" reveals the heart of God to children in a more personal way. Sally knows what children need to hear and she has done a masterful job of allowing God's Word to speak to them right where they live. The book is exactly the right size for children to hold; and it uses words children can read without talking down to them. AND the artwork is beautiful - it's soft, colorful and fun. Perfect!
Don't save this book for children, enjoy it for yourself as well.
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This book is basically written for children, but I'm no spring chicken and I read it cover-to-cover in one sitting and not only did it make my heart sing, it made my spirit soar! It is so well written, each page telling portions of the gospel with themes and ideas from biblical texts, and the verses are
quoted as well. What a fabulous way to teach your kids or ANYONE for that matter, about God's love for us and what Christ has done for us.
This book is for everyone, yet it's written in a way that children will love.
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This is a wonderful book for kids and grownups, alike. Sometimes adults need to reminded of who we are and that God loves us too!
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Sally Lloyd-jones and the illustrator do not disappoint in this book! My only wish? That each day's reading were longer and that more scripture was printed right with the devotion. Overall, definitely recommend!
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