Thursday, March 28, 2013

Review: God, I Need to Talk to You About...

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I was introduced to these little gems a few years ago while writing the 4 Year ABC Jesus Loves Me Curriculum. Looking for books to teach character, I loved the simplicity and Biblical foundation that these books provided. And from your response, you agree.

The “God I Need to Talk To You About” series contains 24 books explaining topics of greed, anger, laziness, sharing, bedtime, and several other character education topics. Each book begins with a child explaining an issue with which he or she is struggling. In the form of a prayer, the child tells God the details of the situation. Bible stories and characters are used to emphasize the point. Forgiveness and asking for forgiveness are key components to each story. All stories end with “Amen.”

What drew me to this series was the simple and honest story line. I love how the stories teach the reader how to pray. Prayer is laying your thoughts out to God in a real and honest way. That is exactly what these books teach.

Applicable scripture can be found among the illustrations. The scriptures are taken from the English Standard Version (ESV) of the Bible. Unfortunately this is not an easily understood version for children. I wish the verses would have been written on a child's level.
Some of the topic are geared more for early elementary aged children. These topics include homework and going to school. A few of the books also discuss the topic of “being grounded.” I had to explain to my children that this is the same as a toy being put in time out for a while.

These are very small books; more like a booklet at 5.5 x 4.5 inches.  With 16 short pages, these books are pretty short. Because of their size, these books are very inexpensive as far as book prices go - around $1.00-$2.00 each.

Throughout the ABC Jesus Loves Me curriculum you will find links to these books. I highly suggest that you add them to your home library.

Here are the 24 titles in the "God, I Need to Talk to You about..." series.

    Bad Manners
    Bad Words
    Being a Bad Sport
    Feeling Sad
    Healthy Eating
    Hurting Others
    My Bad Temper
    My Parents (Covers the topic of when parents fight.)
    Paying Attention
    Talking Back
    Video Games

Disclaimer:  The book God I Need to Talk to You about Talking Back contains a point which does not align with my theological beliefs.  As with all books, I encourage you to read each sentence using the Bible as your guide for truth.  

What do you think of this little series?

Thank you to Concordia Press for allowing me to review this books. 

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