Saturday, August 2, 2014

Great Kings of the Bible: How Jesus is greater than Saul, David and Solomon

Author Deepak Reju succinctly reveals the purpose of his book through its title, Great Kings of the Bible: How Jesus is greater than Saul, David, and Solomon.

In fact, on page one, Reju gets straight to the heart of the matter... that while we can study and gain inspiration from the three greatest kings of Israel, their lives pale in comparison to the only one true king, Jesus Christ.

In the book, Reju  uses straightforward, kid-friendly language, but he doesn't skimp on the details. With uncompromising honesty, he highlights each kings' heroic deeds and their tragic flaws. In that way, the reader somehow experiences rich, full-bodied history in an almost Willie Wonka complete-meal-in-a-stick-of-gum manner (only without the dire consequence of turning into a blueberry at the end).

The book starts with a one page introduction followed by three major sections devoted, in order, to Saul, David, or Solomon. Each section is further divided into smaller, bite-sized chunks and ends with a summary that compares each to the perfection of Christ. In that way, Reju clearly demonstrates how, no matter how incredible these men where in the eyes of the world, Jesus surpassed them all.

The text is accompanied by lifelike, "old-school" illustrations that are simply packed with detail, from tiny weaving patterns in the clothing to pollen on the plants. (Note: I have a soft spot for this style of illustration since it's reminiscent of the 1970 Sunday School papers I read as a child.)

What I Like: I appreciated the way Reju provided a balanced look at the pros and cons of each man's life, and how, with laser focus, he redirected the readers to the book's theme: Christ is our ultimate king. The book lends itself well to family-style devotions. It also makes an easy Sunday School lesson. Best of all, it's got a great price point for a hardcover book!

What I Dislike: Although the author remained faithful to Scripture, I still would have appreciated Scripture references; there are none in the book.

Overall Rating: Excellent

Age Appeal: 5-9 years

Publisher Info: CF4Kids, 2014; ISBN: 978-1781912911; Hardcover, 48 pgs., $9.99

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