Saturday, March 20, 2010

Mighty Acts of God

Starr Meade's Mighty Acts of God is a unique volume designed to help parents follow through with Psalm 145:4: "One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your might acts." In other words, this book is designed to teach your children just how mighty and great God is.

A sort of cross between a Bible storybook and a devotional, every few pages offers a glimpse into a Bible story, gives some related biblical quotes, and presents parents some ideas for related activities or discussion questions. For example, the first story in the book is the story of creation, subtitled "God's Powerful Word Creates." The narrative, while it does retell the story of creation, mostly focuses on what we can learn from the story. Specifically, that God is eternal, there is no one and nothing like God, God alone is "uncreated," God is completely independent, and that God's word is "so powerful that he commands things that don't exist to exist, and they obey."

The author then suggests children work their way through the alphabet, naming something God created. Or, think about a single thing God made, like a human's ear, and ponder how marvelous it is. Or "discuss God's right, as Creator, to make and do with us as he sees best."

Other chapters deal with topics such as:

* God requires obedience from his creatures
* God shows grace to sinners
* God judges sin and saves from judgement
* God keeps his promises
* God chooses to bless us because of his grace alone
* God works even through evil
* God works through humble means for his glory

and so on. Along the way, biblical stories like that of Joseph, Moses, Solomon, and the life of Jesus are told, but rarely in an in-depth manner. This book is not designed to take the place of a Bible or Bible storybook.

What I Like: The concept behind this book is unique and powerful. It's not often modern children's books focus on how amazing and mighty God is. Throughout, illustrations by Tim O'Connor add life to the text through realistic and colorful drawings.

What I Dislike: Nothing, really, although more illustrations would open up this book to a slightly younger crowd.

Overall Rating: Very Good.

Age Appeal: 8 - 12.

Publishing Info:Crossway , 2010; ISBN: 978-1433506048; hardback, $19.99

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