Posted by: alisonwalley | 7 March 2010

Beginning with God

The Good Book Company, whose products I’ve plugged in this blog before, has recently produced an addition to their range of Bible reading aids. I hesitated over the word ‘aids’, because ‘notes’ in this case didn’t seem quite right. Why? Well, this is a book which is designed to be read/looked at by parents with pre-school children.

As the blurb on their website says:

Beginning with God helps parents with young children to explore the Bible with their child. This book provides a simple way to start your child in a regular habit of reading God’s Word and growing to know God, who loves them.

The material is arranged in the form of a meal. This sounds a bit odd, but if you read their six-page sample (a 3.3 Mb downloadable pdf), you’ll see the logic of it. Each double page shows a plate with the ‘main course’ printed on it, and the appetiser menu to the side.

The ‘appetiser’ is a something to think about before you start, that’s related to the story. You get extra ideas on the appetiser menu. So, for example, when you’re thinking about Adam and Eve they suggest starting with a look at some animals (toys or pictures), or making animal noises.

The ‘main course’ is a one-page reading from The Beginner’s Bible, followed by some simple questions and a prayer (with actions). When that’s done, there’s a sticker to go in the cup on the page. It’s really simple but great for toddlers who love stickers and activities like this.

What I really like too is that a ‘Snack for the journey’ is included, which gives you an idea to follow up what you did while you’re out and about, or indeed in the house, during the day. So suppose you read about God making the world, why not point out all the things God made when you’re in the park: Who made the tree? Who made the squirrel? Well, you get the point! And a good reminder for us adults who sometimes do what James warns us not to: read our Bibles and then go away and forget what we just read.



  1. I’ve seen these books, they’re pretty cool.

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