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I have another lovely book to share with you today. You all know I love a good book! This is a special one for kids that teaches them about the gospel. It is called My Friend Jesus: The Gospel for Kids written by Kathryn Slattery and illustrated by Alida Massari. The aim of this sweet book is to help kids to know and understand the Savior and his love for them. It helps kids to learn how to develop a personal relationship with Him. At the end of this post, you can enter a giveaway to win your own copy for your family.
At the beginning of the book, the author shares a not to parents about the book and her intent in writing it. She shares her experience in raising her own children and how she has worked to teach them faith and love for their Savior. She did not learn of the gospel until she was an adult and regrets not having that all of her life. She wanted he own children to have that relationship with Christ from the beginning. The book was written as a direct response to questions her own children asked.
The book begins at the beginning of the Savior’s story- His birth. I love how it begins:
Long, long ago …a baby was born in a tiny town of Bethlehem, in the tiny country of Israel.
We know this is true.
It is not a myth, or a legend, or a fairy tale.
It is an honest-to-goodness historical fact.
The story goes on to tell of Mary and her experience with the angel Gabriel. She shares the important things that Jesus did in His life and explains why He is so very important to all of us. She talks about how Jesus is our friend and wants to be there for us all of the time. She talks of the crucifixion and the resurrection and how He sent His Holy Spirit to be with us after He was gone. The end of the book teaches kids to pray and ask the Savior to forgive them, and to be in their hearts always.
My favorite part is the end where it says:
Now that you’ve reached the end of this story, you are about to begin a brand-new story.
A real, true-life story.
A story that begins here and now.
In your heart.
It is the story of your new life and special friendship with Jesus.
My Friend Jesus is a wonderful way to help your children know and understand their Savior. I loved reading it with my children and I think it is a book we will treasure in our home for many years to come.
I know it will bless the lives of your family, too. Enter to win a copy below!
The book was published by Thomas Nelson. It is hard cover and recommended for kids ages 5-10.