Thursday, February 4, 2010

Saul's Conversion

Saul's Conversion, an Arch Books Bible Story, written by Eric Bohnet and illustrated by Marcy Ramsey, is the story of Saul’s conversion, taken from Acts 9:1-22; 21:1-22:21.

It opens with the apostle Paul sitting in jail, explaining to two other prisoners why he’s there and that he’ll forgive the ones who imprisoned him. Paul says, “For I learned there is no sin that God will not forgive. Christ Jesus bore our punishment; He died so we can live.”

He tells the prisoners about Saul of Tarsus, a Pharisee, a legal scholar, but he’s a man who knows nothing of God’s grace. The story describes the Christians’ flight from Jerusalem to Damascus and the relentless pursuit by Saul. “He swore that he would hunt them down until they were all dead,” the story says of the persecuted Christians.

But on Saul’s journey, a beam of light from heaven blinds him and a voice demands, “Why do you persecute Me, Saul?” It was Jesus, telling him to go into town and wait for a man. Jesus sends Ananias to Damascus to baptize Saul and heal his eyes.

From then on, Saul chooses to be known as Paul, and he’ll do as the Lord commands. Paul knows that Jesus called him out of love and he’ll tell all men that Christ is the Savior.

What I Like: I love Arch Books- a short read, the bright illustrations, and the rhyming text that my children enjoy hearing. The Note to Parents in the back of the book provides greater detail.

What I Dislike: Nothing.

Overall Rating: Excellent

Age Appeal: Ages 5 to 9. Reading level: Grade 3.

Publisher Info: Concordia Publishing House, 2006; ISBN: 978-0758608680; Paperback $2.49.

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1 comment:

Shirley R. said...

The girls I take care of may be a little young for this book yet but I would still like to look it over. It sounds really well done, and it is a story that I think is often overlooked when we teach our children about being a Christian.

Thanks for the review.

S