Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Book Review: Thoughts To Make Your Heart Sing

Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing. Sally Lloyd Jones. 2013 (Leather). Zonderkidz. 224 pages. [Source: Review copy]

I love, love, love Sally Lloyd Jones' The Jesus Storybook Bible. It's not that I think it is the best bible storybook ever published. Or that I think it is the only bible storybook children should use. I believe in variety and in having lots of bible storybooks to choose from. I was so excited to finally get a chance to review her devotional for young readers. I love Sally Lloyd Jones' writing, but, I'm not always the biggest fan of devotionals--for any age. So would it work for me?!

Yes!!! Thoughts To Make Your Heart Sing works beautifully! I loved the language and the imagery. Each devotional entry is complimented by an illustration by Jago.  There are around 100 devotional entries for parents and children to read together...or for older children to read on their own.

Resting and Relying
When you were little, did someone big ever carry you? Did you rest your head on his shoulder, lean your whole weight on him? Faith is leaning your whole weight on God. Resting your head on his shoulder. Faith means resting--relying--not on who we are, or what we can do, or how we feel, or what we know. Faith is resting in who God is and what he has done. And he has done EVERYTHING. (77)
What animals does the Bible say--four hundred times!--that people are most like? Oh dear. It's sheep. Sheep aren't clever at all. They're foolish. For instance, sometimes they just topple over and can't get themselves back up again. They just lie there! And they're constantly falling off cliffs. Or going to unsafe places and getting stuck. Or eating poisonous things. Or getting hurt. Or running off and getting lost. Or not finding their way home again--even if their fold is in plain sight! So you see, sheep are completely helpless on their own and desperately need a shepherd. And God says we are helpless on our own too. And we desperately need a Shepherd. Which is why he gave us Jesus. (93)
© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible

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