Bible Stories that End with a Hug!
by Steven Elkins
For families with very young kids who want to start a simple devotional time, Bible Stories that End with a Hug! is a nice place to start. Over the years, we’ve read many different children’s Bibles and nightly devotionals with our kids. The 75 Bible accounts in this book are the shortest and simplest versions I’ve ever seen, appropriate perhaps for children three and younger.
That has its downfall in that the stories are sometimes cut in very sharp ways—like telling about the creation of mankind, but never discussing the fall. Or talking about Cain and Abel’s sacrifices to God, but never talking about Cain’s jealousy or murder of his brother. For kids who are able to start really learning God’s Word, I’d choose a children’s Bible or devotional that at least covers more of the stories.
But for very young children with short attention spans who aren’t really ready even to understand sin or murder and such weighty issues from Scripture, this is a precious little book with colorful and fun illustrations and a brief “introduction” to the people and events in the Bible. It could help families begin the discipline of daily devotional time together.
Perhaps the nicest part of each day’s reading are the two followup questions to the story that drive home the “big idea,” things like how we are created by God or how He meets our needs. And of course, a reason to hug at the end of each story is a nice bonus!
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