Review: Believe Storybook

Believe Storybook: Think, Act, Be Like Jesus (Grand Rapids: Zonderkids, 2015), 256 pages.

I really enjoyed this book. The Believe Storybook is a new-to-me approach in the realm of children’s Bibles, covering stories Old and New, but not in the usual canonical order. Instead, Randy Frazee takes 30 Old Testament narratives and 30 New Testament narratives, pairing them each into a single chapter bookended by a “key question” and the “Jesus answer” and bound together by the “Jump to Jesus” illustrating—or at least attempting to—that “the New is in the Old concealed; the Old is in the New revealed.” These chapters are divided by topic into three sets of ten chapters called Think (covering core Christian beliefs), Act (core Christian practices), and Be (core Christian virtues). Each Bible story is very simply told in language comprehensible to young readers, and every page is accompanied by magnificent illustration work from Steve Adams. And while I may quibble about the pairing of some of the selected stories, overall this is a beautiful addition to your child’s library and is a great guide that can spark many conversations about Jesus with your children. 
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About Joshua

Joshua is the lead pastor of Massapequa Reformed Church (RCA) on Long Island, New York. He and his wife Kathryn have one young daughter. He loves coffee and board games, ice cream and sports—he's an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers, UConn Huskies, Boston Red Sox and Milwaukee Brewers.
  • Bernadette Maria Grein Pecorin

    What age group is this book for? Would it be something my 10 year old daughter could read on her own? Or is it more applicable to some mommy and me reading time?

    • She could certainly read it on her own. Though, I think the target age group is younger than 10 for this one. You can take a look at my copy and see what you think.

    • This isn’t out yet, but it’s in the same line and geared towards 8-12 year olds: Believe Devotional for Kids http://amzn.to/1UnQRup

      • Bernadette Maria Grein Pecorin

        Are you going to review it? I’d still like to borrow the younger one to see how she responds to it, if that’s okay with you.

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