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Using simple, conversational language, this classic volume discusses such matters as the nature of God, sin, salvation, the Christian life, the church, prayer, and the Second Coming. Widely used by teachers and parents.


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Using simple, conversational language, this classic volume discusses such matters as the nature of God, sin, salvation, the Christian life, the church, prayer, and the Second Coming. Widely used by teachers and parents.

30 review for Leading Little Ones to God: A Child's Book of Bible Teachings

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I read this aloud with David last year in Kindergarten, and I will probably do it again in a few years with Elanor is older. It's basically a Systematic Theology for kids. I did feel like the tone was sometimes condescending, and occasionally the theology is moralistic/focused on good behavior and not as grace-based as I would like. In those cases I would ad lib what I wish the book had said instead :). I read this aloud with David last year in Kindergarten, and I will probably do it again in a few years with Elanor is older. It's basically a Systematic Theology for kids. I did feel like the tone was sometimes condescending, and occasionally the theology is moralistic/focused on good behavior and not as grace-based as I would like. In those cases I would ad lib what I wish the book had said instead :).

  2. 4 out of 5

    Martyn

    Two stars looks a bit harsh but I am following the Goodreads definition - 'It was OK'. I wasn't reading it with kids and I wasn't reading it as slowly as it was meant, so perhaps I am not really in a position to judge, especially when I see so many other people have rated it highly and claim to have used it effectively with their children. I was just reading it to get a feel for it. For me the book didn't really work. The chapters felt too brief, the narratives too uninteresting, the writer's th Two stars looks a bit harsh but I am following the Goodreads definition - 'It was OK'. I wasn't reading it with kids and I wasn't reading it as slowly as it was meant, so perhaps I am not really in a position to judge, especially when I see so many other people have rated it highly and claim to have used it effectively with their children. I was just reading it to get a feel for it. For me the book didn't really work. The chapters felt too brief, the narratives too uninteresting, the writer's thoughts too disjointed and her line of thinking hard to follow. Where a really engaging Biblical narrative could have been delivered to engage the child's interest, a story was summarised in a few brief sentences which didn't really hold together very well. If I was a child I am not sure that I would have been able to follow what was going on in many of those narratives. To me as an adult they didn't seem to make much sense. The manner of speaking felt very patronising, aimed at very young children, and yet at the same time the words being used, the concepts being taught, felt like they were way over the heads of such young children, and not clearly explained, the words not clearly defined. I can't imagine a young child being able to follow it very well. The book was arranged rather like a systematic theology. Again, for me that didn't really work. The narratives didn't follow on from one another. You just jumped around from one Book of the Bible to another in no particular order with a very brief narrative each time - never enough narrative to be engaging and to make a child want to hear another Bible story. I would rather have had the narratives following on from one another in chronological order, linked together, so that they gave a clearer picture of Biblical history and the sequence of events. I did wonder if the book was written with the assumption that the children being taught were already very familiar with all the main Bible stories, and that all that was needed here was to bring out Christian doctrine in a more systematic form, without the need for telling them the full stories in great detail all over again. I'm not writing the book off as a complete waste of time, but I personally think it is unusable in its present form, but it could work as a basis for parents to prepare their own lessons, to rewrite the chapters in more comprehensible language, in fuller detail and with a more flowing style, and in a more engaging form. The questions posed in the 'Something to talk about' sections often had me stumped. Based on the very short piece of narrative and teaching just read to the child in each chapter, I wasn't sure how the child was meant to be in a position to answer, or even to understand, some of these questions being asked - and I wondered how many parents would even feel capable of answering them correctly. The prayers written with thee's and thou's now feel very dated. The hymns might generally be well-known ones, but they didn't always feel suitable for young children to sing, either because of the vocabulary used, or because of the sentiments supposedly being expressed/professed by the singer - which oughtn't to be sung by an unbelieving child. Maybe the book would just act as a useful tool to inspire thoughtful parents as to how to best try to introduce Christian doctrines to young children in a manner they might be able to understand, and provide suggestions as to which Bible narratives could be used to do it effectively. This book is a good starting point for preparing lessons but I can't imagine I would ever use it exactly as it stands. But then it feels right that parents should put effort into preparing lessons for their own children, and shouldn't just rely on other people's works. Parents need to get into the habit of preparing lessons for their children if they are to get into the habit of having regular and sustained family worship.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bambi Moore

    3rd time through this one, it’s my favorite for the 4-8 year range. Illustrations are blah.

  4. 5 out of 5

    S Oliver

    Excellent. 83 short daily discussions, in 14 sections, for parents and children to read a page or two each day together for two or three months. Includes short bible references to read each day. Thoroughly biblical and gospel centred. Unlike many children's books of this kind, this one includes clear presentations of who God is, how man sinned, why we need Jesus to to cover our sin, and why we must repent and come through Christ for forgiveness. Has pleasant inobtrusive illustrations. Excellent. 83 short daily discussions, in 14 sections, for parents and children to read a page or two each day together for two or three months. Includes short bible references to read each day. Thoroughly biblical and gospel centred. Unlike many children's books of this kind, this one includes clear presentations of who God is, how man sinned, why we need Jesus to to cover our sin, and why we must repent and come through Christ for forgiveness. Has pleasant inobtrusive illustrations.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sara Hollar

    Fantastic devotional to read as a family. As an adult I learned and was reminded of important Biblical truths! I will definitely repeat this in a few years. There are 82 (I think!) readings so it took us awhile to get through but it's worth it! I do wish the language and possibly some of the hymns would be updated. I wouldn't try this unless you have a little one who is at least 4, or 3 and a really good listener! Fantastic devotional to read as a family. As an adult I learned and was reminded of important Biblical truths! I will definitely repeat this in a few years. There are 82 (I think!) readings so it took us awhile to get through but it's worth it! I do wish the language and possibly some of the hymns would be updated. I wouldn't try this unless you have a little one who is at least 4, or 3 and a really good listener!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Allison

    There were some things about this book that I loved, but there were other things about this book that my husband and I struggled with. Their theology on the trinity, and the Sabbath was different than ours. I also didn't like the bible version they used in their verses very much, but this not as big of a deal as their truth on the trinity and the Sabbath! There were some things about this book that I loved, but there were other things about this book that my husband and I struggled with. Their theology on the trinity, and the Sabbath was different than ours. I also didn't like the bible version they used in their verses very much, but this not as big of a deal as their truth on the trinity and the Sabbath!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Elisabeth Harmon

    Thorough in explanation. My kids didn't particularly enjoy or connect with it from the way it was written. But it boiled our walk of faith down into easy to understand bite size pieces very well. So although a bit dry, it did it's job. If I could, I'd give it 3.5 stars. Why doesn't good reads allow that?? ;) Thorough in explanation. My kids didn't particularly enjoy or connect with it from the way it was written. But it boiled our walk of faith down into easy to understand bite size pieces very well. So although a bit dry, it did it's job. If I could, I'd give it 3.5 stars. Why doesn't good reads allow that?? ;)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I just couldn't finish this book. In fact, my son finished it by himself. I just couldn't stand the format, the writing or anything else about this book. There are much better works to teach children Bible teachings - this book was not it. My son, liked it well enough. I just couldn't finish this book. In fact, my son finished it by himself. I just couldn't stand the format, the writing or anything else about this book. There are much better works to teach children Bible teachings - this book was not it. My son, liked it well enough.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Clare

    This was a bedtime read aloud. I'm pretty sure I went though it with J a few years ago, and then the girls last year. We most of it but didn't finish. I just read the main text and skipped the questions, hymns and memorisation passages. Would be worth a re-visit I think. This was a bedtime read aloud. I'm pretty sure I went though it with J a few years ago, and then the girls last year. We most of it but didn't finish. I just read the main text and skipped the questions, hymns and memorisation passages. Would be worth a re-visit I think.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa

    3.5-4? We used this to structure family worship the past few months. Really liked it for the most part. There were a few things we re-worded and some of the music was impossible for us to find the music for so we did our own hymns.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    great book to read aloud with young children. thank you, Amy W, for loaning me your copy!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    This book has been instrumental in leading four of my little ones to God.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kristie Anderson

    Beautiful book that I read to Selah

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    This is not my favorite of the theology books that I've worked through with the kids--I don't love the frequent use of "being good" language, but overall, it's solid and age-appropriate. This is not my favorite of the theology books that I've worked through with the kids--I don't love the frequent use of "being good" language, but overall, it's solid and age-appropriate.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mysti Koontz

    I have 5 children and I first received this book when I was homeschooling my oldest daughters as part of our curriculum. It lays out a systematic theology that is palatable for young children, however, it painted a harsh image of God at times and I feel it is ridiculous to teach little kids to use thees/thous in prayer. Now that my youngest are 4 & 5, I wanted to go through a basic theology with them and at first went back to this book. However, I was reminded why I wasn't crazy about this book I have 5 children and I first received this book when I was homeschooling my oldest daughters as part of our curriculum. It lays out a systematic theology that is palatable for young children, however, it painted a harsh image of God at times and I feel it is ridiculous to teach little kids to use thees/thous in prayer. Now that my youngest are 4 & 5, I wanted to go through a basic theology with them and at first went back to this book. However, I was reminded why I wasn't crazy about this book in the first place and since it was published in 1962. After doing some research, I think I have found a few others that better represent our family theology.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Emmie

    This book was given to us as our devotional book for Core B in our Sonlight Curriculum. It is a good basic book for introducing and explaining truths to children. The wording makes it evident that it was written awhile again and can feel awkward to read, but it was not bad. There were also times I did not agree with how they said something, so I wish I had read it ahead of time to know it was coming. These were very few and easy to correct. As a whole I would recommend this as a devotional book This book was given to us as our devotional book for Core B in our Sonlight Curriculum. It is a good basic book for introducing and explaining truths to children. The wording makes it evident that it was written awhile again and can feel awkward to read, but it was not bad. There were also times I did not agree with how they said something, so I wish I had read it ahead of time to know it was coming. These were very few and easy to correct. As a whole I would recommend this as a devotional book for kids.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Basically a Christianity 101 book for children. Pretty much covers all the important topics and we read it at a time when my daughter was naturally asking these questions anyway. Wonderful resource! I haven't found anything else that covers the same range of topics in such a kid friendly way. Note: A little bit outdated in some sections (hymns) and language (King James), but easy to skip over that. Basically a Christianity 101 book for children. Pretty much covers all the important topics and we read it at a time when my daughter was naturally asking these questions anyway. Wonderful resource! I haven't found anything else that covers the same range of topics in such a kid friendly way. Note: A little bit outdated in some sections (hymns) and language (King James), but easy to skip over that.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amy Krohn

    I used this as a daily Bible curriculum for our homeschool, grades K, 1, and 2. It was just right in all ways. The theology was sound. The length of each lesson was perfect. I loved the addition of prayers and Scripture to look up and read. It includes hymns, which is neat, although we didn't use that part. My kids learned more about who God is and what He has done in heaven and earth through His Son, Jesus. I used this as a daily Bible curriculum for our homeschool, grades K, 1, and 2. It was just right in all ways. The theology was sound. The length of each lesson was perfect. I loved the addition of prayers and Scripture to look up and read. It includes hymns, which is neat, although we didn't use that part. My kids learned more about who God is and what He has done in heaven and earth through His Son, Jesus.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    I found this book to be quite repetitive within almost every paragraph and somewhat hard to read because there were so many lost opportunities of introducing other ways of stating the same thing or even using different words to say it if you are going to repeat yourself so much. Often I would catch myself rephrasing it while reading because it was clunky. There were also a few things that I totally disagree with, but I also think this can be a valuable resource.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    It's hard to find good children's books with depth. This is an excellent book! It answers questions like "Why can't I see God", Why should we confess our sins", "What is baptism", etc. It's very straightforward and written in a way that children can understand. It helped clarify some things for me too ;) I highly recommend this book to anyone with children that have a lot of questions. It's hard to find good children's books with depth. This is an excellent book! It answers questions like "Why can't I see God", Why should we confess our sins", "What is baptism", etc. It's very straightforward and written in a way that children can understand. It helped clarify some things for me too ;) I highly recommend this book to anyone with children that have a lot of questions.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey

    The boys and I enjoyed this as a night time devotion for a year and I had not finished it as we moved on to other things. It is for a younger age than they are now, and is written very softly, like a mother teaching her child. For all of that, it is good as an early introduction to basic principles of life in Christ.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Julia Forrester

    I think this is a good family devotional book, but there have been a few times where the author goes beyond what scripture says, or makes a conclusion that isn't supported in scripture, but other than that it's a great book and we've enjoyed using it for family devotions. I think this is a good family devotional book, but there have been a few times where the author goes beyond what scripture says, or makes a conclusion that isn't supported in scripture, but other than that it's a great book and we've enjoyed using it for family devotions.

  23. 5 out of 5

    David

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. My mom read it to me when I was little and it really made me understand God a lot better I am thankful to the author for making such a great book now I read it to my little sister and brothers, I hope it helps them as much as it helped me.

  24. 4 out of 5

    James Aaron Kirkpatrick

    An excellent source for introducing children to the Gospel. We read it in the evenings for part of our bedtime reading. We'll probably go through it again several more times for the benefit of each child as they get a little older and can begin answering the questions. An excellent source for introducing children to the Gospel. We read it in the evenings for part of our bedtime reading. We'll probably go through it again several more times for the benefit of each child as they get a little older and can begin answering the questions.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Suzie

    we do this as a nightly devotional with the girls its great!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    We love this sweet devotional book for children.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Douglas Wilson

    On the plus side of good.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jay Risner

    Great. Needs an update.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Carmen

    Very Quality time well spent with my daughters. We all love it and enjoy sharing and doing the various activities. Mommy daughter bonding for sure!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Audra

    Great devotional for explaining tougher concepts to younger audiences.

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