One of best things that we have done as parents over the last two decades is read out loud to our children. It can be a lost art in the age of screens, but we believe it is an important part of teaching your children and building your relationship with them.
We encourage you to start young and read simple Bible stores and other beneficial books to your children before they can read on their own. If your kids are like ours, once you get them started, they will want you to read to them all of the time.
We have included some great books for you to read. We have included one of our favorite children’s books ever, The Jesus Storybook Bible. It engages the creativity in a child’s heart and helps them connect the whole story of the Bible to Jesus. You will also discover a great children’s book written by Pastor/ Author Francis Chan that will make for great bedtime reading, and finally a foundational book for parents called Family Worship by Donald S. Whitney.
THE JESUS STORYBOOK BIBLE
The Jesus Storybook Bible tells the Story beneath all the stories in the Bible. From Noah to Moses to the great King David, every story points to a Child. The One upon whom everything would depend…
There are lots of stories in the Bible, but all the stories are telling one big story: the story of how God loves His children and comes to rescue them. The Jesus Storybook Bible invites children to discover for themselves the One who is at the center of God’s great rescue story — and at the center of their story, too.
The Bible isn’t a book of rules or a book of heroes…the Bible is most of all a story. And every single story in the Bible whispers His name….the
name of Jesus.
We believe this narrative will bless you as a parent or a grandparent as you walk with your children through these beautiful pages. We encourage you to take time to discuss the stories and to let your children ask questions. Enjoy the colorful, creative pictures as you read and talk about how they illustrate some of the stories in a fresh new way.
The Big Red Tractor
If you haven’t ever heard of Francis Chan, he is the author of the best-selling book Crazy Love that impacted and challenged many believers. Here’s a little trailer for this children’s book that we believe will bless your family:
The Big Red Tractor and His Little Village is a contemporary parable sharing a timeless truth: God has a special purpose for you and you can fulfill it through the help of his Spirit. It’s a powerful lesson perfectly told for little hearts.
The villagers loved the big, red tractor. It helped them grow enough food to get them through the year. But it was hard to use, and it didn’t work very well. Even with everyone helping to push and pull the tractor, they couldn’t get much done. Everyone believed that was just how things were. That is, until Farmer Dave discovered a long-lost book in a dusty attic. Could it really change everything? Farmer Dave thinks so. But the other villagers aren’t so sure.
Gathering together for worship as a family is an indispensable part of your spiritual life. It provides an opportunity for God to reveal himself to you and your loved ones in a powerful way. This practical guide for parents by Donald S. Whitney will prove invaluable as they practice God-glorifying, Christ-exalting worship through Bible reading, prayer, and singing.
Here’s what Jim Daly, President, Focus on the Family had to say about the material in this book:
“A sure-fire way to enhance family togetherness is to make worship a priority in your home. Don Whitney has laid out a practical guide for parents (especially fathers) to get from ‘we should’ to ‘we can and do.’”
We encourage you to make it a priority to read this book this month and grow as the leader of your home. One of my favorite leadership teachers, Pastor/ Author Craig Groeschel says, “when the leader gets better, everyone gets better.”
LED FLEXIBLE BOOK LIGHT
Because this month’s box is full of great reading books, we thought it would fun to include this jumbo size multi-purpose flexible reading light.
This super bright LED book light with a big back clip attaches to almost anything. It’s ultra lightweight and has a user friendly adjustable long goose neck to help lighten your reading time.