Saturday, October 13, 2012

Book Review: Wondrous Works of God

Wondrous Works of God. Starr Meade. 2012. Crossway. 288 pages.

I just LOVED, LOVED, LOVED Starr Meade's first family Bible Story Book, Mighty Acts of God. It's a story book that I am always happy to recommend to readers, to families, to anyone who wants the 'big picture' of the Bible. So I was so excited when I learned there was a new book with even more Bible stories (90 to be exact). These are Old Testament and New Testament stories that display and/or reveal redemption.

Each story is around three pages in length. Each story in addition features an illustration, scripture reference, and an "as for me and my house..." feature which challenges you to take it deeper.

This book when used with MIGHTY ACTS OF GOD would serve as an excellent introduction to the Word of God.     Each book is arranged chronologically, but, with a little effort you could probably read from both books to get a full(er) picture of the Bible. Of course, each book can stand alone.)

Fifty-five stories are from the Old Testament; thirty-five stories are from the New Testament. Readers really get a chance to experience the Old Testament, not just the familiar stories of Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, etc. But a fuller picture taken from the history books and the prophets. I love, love, love reading about Israel and Judah's kings and the prophets who served the Lord through the centuries. The New Testament stories may prove more familiar to readers. The focus is on Jesus and his ministry, readers get a chance to see Jesus connect with people, with his followers. Readers will still get a complete gospel from these stories alone, this book is not dependent on the first book.

Here's a sampling from the Old Testament:

  • God Creates Eve
  • Cain Kills Abel
  • Job Suffers and Trusts God
  • The First Passover
  • Serpent on a Pole
  • The Sun Stands Still
  • David and Abigail
  • David Flees From Absalom
  • Naboth's Vineyard
  • Jehoshaphat Sends a Choir Into Battle
  • Elijah and King Ahaziah
  • Elisha Replaces Elijah
  • Elisha Helps a Widow
  • Elisha Raises a Boy from the Dead
  • Joash Escapes Athaliah
  • Hosea and His Wife
  • Hezekiah and Manasseh
  • Habakkuk's Complaint
  • Ezekiel's Vision of Dry Bones
  • Nehemiah Rebuilds Jerusalem's Walls

Here's a sampling from the New Testament:

  • The Angel Appears to Mary
  • The Boy Jesus in the Temple
  • Jesus Turns Water into Wine
  • Jesus Calls Matthew
  • Jesus Raises a Widow's Son
  • Jesus Heals Ten Lepers
  • The Rich Young Man
  • Jesus Washes the Feet of His Disciples
  • Peter's Sermon at Pentecost
  • The Church Sends Missionaries

I am still loving the theology of this bible story book. I still enjoy the complexity of it: instead of simplifying the text, it teaches doctrines and theological terms. I think it would be a great book for families, a great book for families with kids of all ages. I do think it's a book that a child could grow into and appreciate more and more as he/she grows and learns.

© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible

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