First, I have to say that I really did buy this book. I also received a review copy from the publisher. So we're going to have a giveaway! More about that at the end of the post.
I first saw this book at the International Christian Retail Show in June. Well, I saw proofs. And from then on I was looking forward to seeing the actual book. And the actual book does not disappoint. It's beautifully designed and illustrated, with spot varnish on the dust jacket and the interior that makes the colors pop. The book has 40 pages rather than the customary 32 for a picture book, and the paper stock is almost greeting-card weight. Lift-the-flap "love letters" provide even more bulk. The book is a delight to hold and read.
Author Glenys Nellist is an accomplished storyteller who infused the 9 Old Testament and 9 New Testament stories in her book with wit and fun and occasional rhyme:
He made mighty mountains and silver seas. He made green grass and tall trees. He made leopards that leap and eagles that soar. He made bees that buzz and lions that roar.
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Now David and Goliath were very different. David was small; Goliath was huge. David was quiet; Goliath was noisy. David was kind; Goliath was mean. David sang like a bird; Goliath roared like a lion. David ate porridge for breakfast; Goliath ate squirrels.
Children will enjoy lifting the flaps to open "Your Love Letter from God" with every story, and parents will appreciate how each letter expands the message of the Bible story, reminding children of God's ever-present love and care and concern for them. The Bible verse with each story, "God's Wonderful Words to You," does the same.
It's often necessary to leave out details of some Bible stories when telling them to young children, but some of the stories in Love Letters from God add or change details more than I'm comfortable with. Still, the message of God's love for us comes through so clearly and strong that I'm happy to recommend this book.
Now for the giveaway! It starts Monday September 22 at 6 a.m. and runs until midnight September 29. Entering is easy; just use the form below.
Throughout 2014 I'm buying a book a month to support retailers and other authors.