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My ABC Bible Verses: Hiding God's Word in Little Hearts Hardcover – July 1, 1998
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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:)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
LOVE LOVE LOVE reading this to my children each night! Great bible verses to memorize and real life stories to go along with each one!!Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book is so great for young children! My son is almost 3 and we have been reading this book for maybe 2 weeks now and he already has 5 scripture verses memorized! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This book is so perfect for children 3 and over. It is a great book to buy as a gift as well and clearly helps children understand how God's word applies to them. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jenn
Really love this. It gives practical relatable stories for each verse and it goes along with my homeschool lesson. We read it at dinner for my older child as well as my 3 year old.Published 3 months ago by Margaret
This is a great book for home or a Sunday School class. Easy verses with great short lessons to apply to a child's life make if a great teaching tool.Published 4 months ago by Joyce L. Ehli
We LOVE this book! We received it for my daughters 3rd birthday from a friend. My children are now ages 7 and under, we read one devotional from this every morning at breakfast. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lauren Beck
I really can't say enough great things about this book. A friend recommended it to me because I was having problems with my 4 year old daughter. Read morePublished 4 months ago by justinetn