Here is an excerpt, to give you an idea of the author's writing style:
"God’s people had a new land. Now they wanted a king.
'But God is your King,' Samuel told them. 'He is the one who looks after you best.'
'We want a real king!' they said. 'One we can see!'
God knew that a king might not be kind to his people or look after them as well as he would. But God’s people didn’t care; they wanted a king and they wanted him now. So God gave them a king.
He was called Saul and he seemed like a good king — at first. But he became proud and stopped listening to God..."
What I Like: Sally Lloyd-Jones has a unique gift for writing for children. Her sense of humor is sprinkled throughout - and does not detract from the importance of the Bible's message. I also appreciate the author's clear understanding that parents must help children understand Bible stories are different from fairy tales. As she says: "You see, the best thing about this story is — it’s true. It takes the whole Bible to tell this story. And at the center of the story there is a baby. Every story in the Bible whispers his name. He is like the missing piece in a puzzle — the piece that makes all the other pieces fit together and suddenly you can see a beautiful picture." The illustrations by award-winning artist Jago are also engaging, colorful, and often look beyond the obvious.
What I Dislike: Nothing.
Overall Rating: Excellent.
Age Appeal: According to the publisher, 4 - 8, but many adults read and learn from this Bible, too.
Publisher Info: Zonderkidz, 2007; ISBN: 0310708257; hardback, $14.99.
Special Info: You might also check our other reviews of books by of Sally Lloyd-Jones' books. In addition, the publisher's website includes an interview with the author. The author's and illustrator's websites may also be of interest.