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Love Does for Kids Hardcover – Illustrated, October 23, 2018
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Faith in God can be exciting, daring, and fun.
Love Does for Kids, the follow up to Bob Goff’s New York Times bestselling Love Does, shares some of the Goff family’s wild adventures—from holding a neighborhood parade to writing presidents from around the world. Children will laugh, dream, and be inspired to make a difference for God as they read these faith adventures from Bob and his daughter, Lindsey.
As a little boy with a big personality and even bigger dreams, Bob Goff had lots of questions, and they didn't go away when he grew up. It wasn’t until he learned just how big and wild and wonderful God is that he began to find answers. Once Bob learned about the deep goodness of God, he began to learn about the great power God gives His kids when they live a life full of love for others.
Kids everywhere will love Bob and Lindsey's stories about how love does.
With childlike faith, enthusiasm, and great whimsy, young readers will feel instantly connected to a love that acts as much as it feels.
Children will walk away with a sense of wonder at how great God is and will feel empowered to do things that will make a tangible difference in the world.
Bob and Lindsey invite kids to get to know God better and to see the world as a place designed to be changed as we put our faith in action. In the same way that Love Does has struck such a deep chord with adults, young readers will experience God in new and thrilling ways and see that living out our faith is certainly not boring!
About the Author
Lindsey Goff Viducich loves kids. She began her teaching career at a therapeutic childcare center in Seattle and went on to teach kindergarten in Nashville, first grade in Salem, Oregon, and both first and second grades in San Diego. Lindsey lives in San Diego with her husband Jon and spends most of her free time creating art and living new stories with her family.
- Grade level : 1 - 5
- Item Weight : 1.01 pounds
- Hardcover : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0718095227
- ISBN-13 : 978-0718095222
- Dimensions : 5.8 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
- Reading level : 6 - 10 years
- Publisher : Thomas Nelson Inc; Illustrated edition (October 23, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #11,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The illustrations are warm and beautiful. It's been a while since I read Love Does- but it seems to me that this kids version seems to be more directly connected to the Word of God and who God is, how He shows himself through His Son Jesus, and how it affects our lives. And it is obvious that his daughter, Lindsay, the co-author is an educator and has a therapeutic approach- the sense of people is spot on.
What I liked about the book
warm, child friendly colorful illustrations.
references to different bible stories and events.
Love makes the difference message connected to a message of God's work and love.
Chapters are short, quick, focused reads.
People of different races are depicted in the images.
Bob Goff's attitude and mindset is one that the world needs to emulate, and somehow he gave it to his children with such a spirit of love and joy, it seems natural, and I wonder why all of us can't always be this open minded, and open to seeing the world as a group of our friends.
What I wondered about the book
why not share or link the references to the biblical concepts. I really like the for further study or connections that some authors do.
transitions between stories were abrupt feeling at times, but the book is about love, not a sequential life story, and as the book moves on the pattern appears.
Some stories seem unbelievable- but then again the way the Goff's approach things is counter cultural- and that makes these unbelievable stories- all that much more believable.
How I might use the book:
To discuss how mindset affects everything.
To teach a lesson on how we see someone, an event, our neighbors- is all an opportunity for fun, ministry, and inclusion, instead of a mindset of that's impossible, that won't work, etc. The can do attitude developed by the Goff's is biblically driven and that's why it works.
One chapter teaches the definition of restore and justice- so a lesson intro or background info for a topic that uses one or both of those works- this could be a great hook.
Pick a chapter and use is as a writing prompt- share a similar experience you have had.
Pick a definition or connection to God and seek out verses from the Bible that show that this concept is true- or contain the same phrases. If you can't find a verse- is there a hymn, a teaching, or someplace you've understood the same concept about who God is, and how He loves us, gives us grace, and helps us?
As a read aloud in a Sunday School class, lecture, family, it would work in many scenarios.
Discussing character development, inferences, visualizing, connections, things all great readers use to comprehend a story, as well as some solid analytical skills.
Inspiration and encouragement for what a God centered, love driven mindset can do for a person. Growth-God mindset.
I have been reading it aloud to my young elementary aged kids, as part of our daily circle time. It’s officially recommended for ages 6-10, and I agree. My four year old enjoys listening as well, but his ability to grasp the concepts in each chapter aren’t up to what his siblings get out of it. Each chapter takes about 5 minutes to read, and it’s structured something like a devotional, but it’s very conceptual rather than being based on a specific scripture or doctrine taken from the Bible. My kids find the stories interesting, and I can pretty easily ask questions to help them relate the concept or lesson shared in the chapter to their lives.
I’m not really sure there’s anything that doesn’t work about these books. They aren’t very intellectually rigorous, but that’s not their point. They aren’t arguments for Christianity, but that’s not their purpose either. But, if you’re looking for a convicting and encouraging look at God’s love for you, and a simple and engaging way for it to be explained to your kids – Goff’s books hit it out of the park.