With bright, happy illustrations by Christian children’s book illustrator Tim O’Connor and vibrant, engaging narrative by teacher, writer, and Christian educator Starr Meade, Mighty Acts of God readily fits into your family’s devotions. Written for elementary school age, this book adapts well to pre-schoolers as well as elementary-age readers.
Beginning in Genesis with “The Story of Creation” and ending in Revelation with “Jesus’ Revelation for His Church,” there are ninety sections, making this a long lasting family devotional. Stories covered include ones normally skipped over for children’s books: Gideon, David’s sin with Bathsheeba, Jeroboam’s golden calves, King Asa, and Ananias and Sapphira’s lies and death. All are handled with age-appropriate summaries, and give a more rounded view of the Bible than other story Bibles. Each section contains an interest-catching retelling of a section of Scripture, eye-catching illustrations, a pertinent Bible verse, and several suggestions for family interaction to embed the relevancy of the story. These suggestions include discussions, brain teasers, praise thoughts, further germane Scripture, prayer starters, plus other ideas.
An example of this: In story 38 about God humbling Nebuchadnezzar, we learn about Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, “or should we say ‘nightmare,’” how he lost his mind, and what God did for him (p. 131). The illustration shows a rat wondering at a long-haired, bearded man on all fours nibbling at grass. The suggestions for family interaction include a discussion about other leaders and how God worked with them, and prayer pointers for leaders and nations where Christians are persecuted.
Mighty Acts of God is published with a strong cover, durable pages, and is sturdily bound to a resilient spine. It competently meets its aim of providing appropriate and fascinating devotional material for family time. It also will be found useful for Sunday School, VBS, and other Bible teaching areas, as well as in the classroom which follows Christian standards. Relatives and friends will find it an appreciated gift. – Donna Eggett, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
"Do as David did. Don't do as Saul did. Follow this Old Testament person, but not that New Testament person." That's what you may find in many Bible story books. In Mighty Acts of God Starr Meade takes a new approach to teaching the Bible to elementary school aged children: she focuses not on characters in Scripture, but on God. Each of the ninety Bible stories included focus on a particular character trait or truth about God, emphasizing that God is the main character in every Bible story.
Each story in Mighty Acts of God is retold in lively, modern-day language from a Reformed perspective, and is followed by an application section with several discussion-sparking questions and prayer points. By moving chronologically through both the Old and New Testaments, parents and children glimpse the person of God as one of consistency, vibrancy, passion, and love.