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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Knowing, Showing, Growing Review

Knowing, Showing, Growing: My John 3:16 Discovery Book

Morgan does a great job explaining to elementary age children the concept of salvation, forgiveness of sins, baptism, being a witness and many other important elements of being a Christian. The book is separated into three sections (obviously) with stories and fill in the blank questions/studies. I and my 5th grade daughter found the questions to be age appropriate and thought provoking. My daughter was encouraged to study on her own, identify people in her life to pray for, etc

However, the stories were not appealing. In one a boy has a horrible day and ends up taking out his frustrations by throwing a baseball through a neighbors window. He does confess to his father, and to the owner of the window, and his father pays the bill (this story is used to explain how Jesus paid the cost for the things we do wrong). However, dad then takes his son out fishing. My daughter said, "No way! He didn't even tell his dad thank you!" I wish the story had gone a little farther than it did.

Then there is another about a dog that escapes the yard and there is fear that the neighbor will think the dog is a monster and shoot it. Not appropriate in my house. Or the story about the girl who has uncontrollable sneezing, goes to the doctor and has to get a shot because of it. Really?! Do I want a 6 or 7 year old to think that sneezing could warrant a shot?

My advice, edit the stories because the rest of the book is really good! About the only aspect of the stories that I like is that my child gets to write the ending!

I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review of the title.

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