Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Believe Storybook Edited by Randy Frazee

Believe StorybookThink, Act, Be Like Jesus Edited by Randy Frazee, with Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton. Illustrated by Steve Adams is based on the newest series of books, Published by Zondervan.  This "Believe" brand includes the original for adults, and versions for every age group followed: teen, school aged and preschooler.    I don't think anyone could mistake this hardcover volume for a traditional children's bible story book.  The front cover features a peaceful, serene, yet secular image of children playing within a larger image of a playful child. If anything, the image is more mystical or new age rather than Christian.  If it were not for the subtitle "Think, Act, Be Like Jesus", it would be hard to deduce this book as Christian. I was pleasantly surprised to see this children's book full of substance. The stylized art is high quality.  Abstract, yet true to its spiritual subject- depicting solemnity, as well as the dignity the bible merits.  This is a vast contrast to the superficial, cartoon like drawings often seen in Children's bible story books.  This book is a work of art.  As far as the content, spiritual topics are addressed- not just storytelling. Side by side with bible stories are bits of theology written in easy to understand, simple to digest chunks, perfect for young children. If you are looking for an alternative to the superficial bible story books that saturate the market, this is the book for you! As a blogger for BookLook, I received a copy if this book for the purpose of writing this review. 

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