Title: I Am: 40 Reasons to Trust God
Author: Diane Stortz
Major Themes: Bible Stories
Synopsis: This beautiful Bible story book introduces children to the names of God, with each story centered around a different name.
I like to read Bible stories to my children every morning after breakfast, before we start our homeschool day. We have read quite a number of Bible story books, but a new one always catches my eye. When I saw I Am: 40 Reasons to Trust God available for review, I knew I wanted to check it out. I was hoping to be sent a print copy, but one of the downsides of living in New Zealand is the cost of shipping. Oh, well. We were sent a PDF copy, and have been enjoying it. I just open the file in the computer every morning and find the next chapter.
I Am is unlike any other Bible story book I have ever seen before. It tells stories from the beginning to the end of the Bible, like most, but each one focuses on one of God’s names. The first story, about the creation of the world, uses the name Elohim, or Creator—and I’m glad that there is a pronunciation given for these Hebrew words! The second story, about the fall of man, talks about God as El Emeth, God of Truth. There are stories about Jacob, Joseph, Moses, David, and Daniel in the first half of the book, and the second half tells stories about Jesus, with three at the end about the early church and the future.
Each two-page spread is a beautiful full-color painting. They are slightly cartoon-style, but not so much that it was offensive to me. At the end of each story is a section to help children apply the truths to their own life, a prayer, a couple of points to remember, and a sentence leading into the next story. My 5-year-old loves to see what the next day’s story will be!
I Am is a delightful Bible story book. I would love to have a print copy of it on our shelf. I have not found any inaccuracies in it, and the pictures are the kind that my young children love to spend a lot of time studying.
I received a free copy of this book from CelebrateLit, and these are my honest thoughts about it.
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