If you have little ones, you will love this Bible storybook from Tyndale! Each story teaches a character quality exhibited by Jesus: sharing, patience, generosity, thankfulness, and more. Then examples of how Jesus acted in particular situations are given. A section called “Jesus in Me” inspires children to model Jesus’s behavior and to want to be like Him! Each lesson ends with a short prayer through which children can ask God to help them develop the character of Jesus.
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Cheryl, mom of a 3-year-old, said this:
Inviting. That’s how I’d describe my first impression of the I Want To Be Just Like Jesus Bible Storybook by Stephen Elkins. This book from Tyndale Kids has a soft padded cover and sweet illustrations that immediately caught the attention of my 3-year-old.
Getting the attention of a three-year-old? Score!
Inside, the book is well organized with uncluttered pages that are sweetly illustrated with soft colors and the faces of smiling children. And even though this book was created for younger children, it is still divided into “chapter sections.” Each chapter focuses on a character trait of Jesus such as: caring, responsible, confident, and devoted.
Each chapter shares a Bible verse that illuminates the meaning of the specific character trait. After that is a very short synopsis of a Bible story that shares a time when Jesus demonstrated that trait. Then comes an explanation of how we can all demonstrate that trait in our lives. Last, the chapter section ends with a prayer asking the Lord to help us develop that trait ourselves.
One of my favorite parts is the affirmation after each prayer. It’s a very simple sentence that helps instill the desire to bring about that character trait in ourselves.
If you or your children have ever suffered with negative self esteem, you know how powerful affirmations can be.
“I will work hard.”
“I will be joyful.”
“I will be dependent on God.”
We are really enjoying the I Want To Be Just Like Jesus Storybook Bible. It’s been a wonderful way to instill an awareness of God, Jesus, and their defining character traits with my 3-year-old. And it couldn’t be a better time for this as her personality is really developing. She’s at a stage where she can truly develop important, Christ-like traits of empathy, kindness, and love.
This book has also been a great springboard for deeper spiritual conversations with my 8-year-old. He’s usually nearby (or right beside us) as I go over the lesson with my daughter. He inevitably has a question to ask or a story to add. I love to see how he processes the information on a more mature level.
It’s been great for the whole family! What family wouldn’t benefit from paying more attention to developing a loving character?
Kristy, mom of 5 young children, had this to say:
As a homeschooling mom with five young children, I’m always excited to find new resources for our family and school-time devotions. The Just Like Jesus Bible Storybook, by Stephen Elkins, has been a great fit for my five-year old son. He loves the pictures in this board-book style devotional, and since the book is extra sturdy with thick glossy pages and durable covers, my two-year old can enjoy it as well!
Melissa, mom of a special needs 5-year-old, shared this information:
My son, Silas, and I really love this book!
- First of all, I love the pictures. The art work is pretty without being overwhelming or too flashy.
- I also like that the individual devotions are brief. My son’s attention span is short, but he’s able to sit through each devotion and listen and pay attention.
- I love that the devotions each refer to a character quality possessed by Jesus and that the children themselves can possess with prayer and practice!
The only thing I would like to see added is Scripture references to go along with each devotion/character quality. Because my 8-year-old son sometimes does these devotions with us, it would benefit him to be able to read additional Scriptures related to these lessons. However, since this book is primarily aimed toward younger children, I understand why they weren’t included.
I agree that this is a wonderful devotional for very young children! I would absolutely recommend it to other families!