Books about Salvation

My daughter is almost 5 now, and she’s getting to the point where she’s starting to “get” Christianity. She is so sweet in her love for Jesus and prayers. We just finished reading the New Testament in the Jesus Storybook Bible, and she asked questions about heaven coming to earth and Jesus returning. How wonderful it is to see her faith and knowledge grow!

As a former English major and book lover, I always look for new books on topics that interest her. So I’m searching out books about salvation for children. Here are some books I found, with thanks to Amanda White of OhAmanda for her suggestions.

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The Answers Book for Kids, Volume 4: Questions from Kids on Sin, Salvation, and the Christian Life by Ken Ham (Master Books, 2009). Ages 3+. Helps kids (and parents!) think through some of the tougher questions of Christianity, like “why does God allow sin?” and “what does being ‘born again’ mean?”

Sammy Experiences God by Tom Blackaby and Rick Osborne (B&H, 2013). Ages 4+. Relating the concepts of the classic Experiencing God for children, this book follows Sammy, who learns that God can be close and involved in his own life.

The Prayer That Makes God Smile by Stormie Omartian (Harvest House, 2009). Ages 3-7. “Reassuring little ones that God’s love is a forever love, Stormie shows kids how to give thanks for family and friends, give their wants and needs to their heavenly Father, and trust Him to do what is right for their lives. She then explains what it means to pray the best prayer of all–asking Jesus to come into your heart.”

If Jesus Lived Inside My Heart by Jill Roman Lord (CandyCane, 2007). Ages 2-5. This board book is the only one we actually own. It’s a sweet, rhyming book that helps a child’s first exploration of salvation.

Mrs. Rosey Posey at the Yum Yummy Birthday Cake by Robin Jones Gunn (Zonderkidz, 2008). Ages 4-7. Your child can learn to read while learning about forgiveness. While this book doesn’t deal directly with salvation, it mirrors Adam and Eve’s sin in the garden and shows the power of mercy.

Do you have any children’s books about salvation you love and would like to share?

 

VBS Excitement

This week, I have the privilege to work at Vacation Bible School at my church. It has been a great week so far … and there’s still one more day to go!

BoomerangLogoColor.jpgVBS brings back so many fun memories. As we were decorating our room on Sunday, my friend Heather was commenting about how exciting it is to be involved. We both agreed that it makes us feel like kids again … anxious to see what each new day of VBS will hold! VBS may have changed over the years (now with amazing themes, fantastic music, and lots of extra options) but the basic purpose is still the same — to tell kids about Jesus!

In years past, I’ve worked with preschool, but this year I was ready for a change. I am working with 2nd graders and I love it! It’s such a great age. They are sweet, smart, and kind. And most excitingly … they are very receptive to the gospel. Yesterday was the day we emphasized the plan of salvation. We learned about the ABCs of becoming a Christian:

  • A — Admit to God that you are a sinner.
  • B — Believe that Jesus is God’s Son.
  • C — Confess Jesus as your Lord and Savior.

We must have gone over the ABCs 6 or 7 times yesterday (if not more). By the end of the day, the kids knew it by heart! I just hope and pray that in His time, God will soften each of their hearts and draw them to Him. It’s so wonderful to get to play a small role in God’s plan for these children. I’m so thankful and excited to see what He does through them!

What memories do you have about VBS? Did you come to know Christ as your Savior at VBS? Have your children participated in VBS this year? Tell us about your experiences.