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Leading Little Ones to God: A Child's Book of Bible Teachings Paperback – May 7, 1995
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My five year old twins were completely uninterested in these devotionals. No interesting pictures or content relevant for my little ones. Kids don't comprehend this content. Teens will wonder what century the book was written because it is so disconnected from what Teens deal with on a daily basis. Not sure who the book was written for, but I guarantee it's not for children. at least... not for my children even though they are at the top of their kindergarten class for reading and writing and comprehension.
I've been reading to them every single day since the day they were born. I tried three different devotionals from this book and all three times had to sensor or interpret what the book was saying into something they might possibly understand, but they were already bored and uninterested by the time I worked through those spots .
I will have to throw the book in the trash because it is useless as a tool to instruct and teach my kids about the nature of the New Testament God and their value in His Kingdom. The content is too focused on sin and punishment for bad behavior and the vengeful God of the Old Testament instead of Jesus and the life-giving, grace-filled way to model our lives after.
For example, Day 30: God Made Us Good. After explaining that God made all the children in the world (post Fall), it says that "He gave man a good mind..." It does not speak about how sin corrupted us. In the Bible, however, people were only truly "good" and without sin right after creation. Post Fall, it says that Jesus knew not to trust man because He knew what was in man--clearly not goodness (Jn 2:25). In Matt. 19:17 Jesus says that there is none good but God.
This is just one example of subtle, yet significant discrepancies I found. Since I like to own books that I can have my children pick up and read without my commentary, I will be getting rid of it. If you feel sure that you know your Bible well and can comment to clear up such things, it could be a valuable resource.
A recommendation or substitute that we have enjoyed is "A Child's Book of Character Building" by Coriell.
But I'm disappointed that the publisher didn't update the quotes and hymns to reflect where children are today, perhaps a more "sprightly, conversational"* translation and choruses the kids might hear most Sunday Schools? (* a quote from back cover describing this book)
I'm sure we'll still be able to reap much of what was sown by the author for our children, by paraphrasing the KJV verses and singing simple choruses.
Whither thou goest, let thy buyer bewareth.
So, instead of asking a question and giving an answer, the concepts are presented in a conversational fashion. While I do agree with one reviewer who balked at certain word choices like 'happy', if the adult will read the material first, those words can be substituted with more appropriate ones. In other words, it shouldn't be a deal breaker. I've also found that some of the Scripture readings at the end of the section aren't the best ones. Again, with a little prep work, the adult, using their own Bible concordance, can find Scriptures that relate to the section a little better and use the same verbiage. This is a good thing because you are studying right along with your children.
Moving along. The questions after each reading are great and while not always terribly thought-provoking, ensure the child/children were listening and grasp the main concepts. The hymns are strange to me because I only know the tune of a few of them. We usually skip them or sing the ones we know that speak of the same things. If I were really on top of my game, I would use iTunes or something to play the song.
So honestly, the only thing I don't like is that I think that in certain sections, there are better memory verses and Scriptures that could be used to drive home the point. We also use the Hide'em in Your Heart music CDs and some of those verses are in this book too, so that makes it easier.
In short, there are so many options out there to systematically and logically teach young children key Biblical doctrines. I've found this to be one of the best for young children because you don't have to spend time stopping and explaining things or substituting difficult vocabulary. This sometimes happens when the children are of different ages. My five year old really enjoys this book because she understands the way the material is presented and she is able to answer the questions. Ultimately, we as parents are commanded to train our children and bring them up in the ways of the Lord. To do this in a haphazard or inconsistent manner can be disastrous. This book is a wonderful tool to lay a solid Biblical foundation for your children.