My grandchildren love their Bible story time before bed. Favorites include, Read-Aloud Bible Stories by Ella K. Lindvall, and The Beginners Bible: Timeless Children’s Stories by Karyn Henley (we prefer the out-of-print 1989 version). Recently, as a gift, they received a copy of Kenneth Taylor’s book, Everything A Child Should Know About God. It is akin to a young child’s version of a systematic theology and is a great book for children 3-6 years old. It’s divided into 10 parts, covering the following topics:
- All about the Bible
- What God has done
- Who God is
- The problem of sin
- Jesus comes to help us
- Jesus wants to save you
- The Holy Spirit helps us
- Why we go to church
- Living as Jesus’ friends
- When Jesus comes back
Here is a note to parents in the beginning of the book by author Kenneth Taylor:
The purpose of this colourful book is to teach young children about God. I believe that knowing God is the beginning of all wisdom. And I believe that children who are taught about God in their early years will be influenced for life in a very positive way. I have been thinking of writing this book for a long time, and I believe it is one of the most important writings God has allowed me to do. Children learn with ease what they are taught early, whether from TV violence and pornography, or from life-changing biblical information, such as this book gives. It goes much beyond Bible storybooks, which are also so necessary. This is a primer to tell children about God’s eternity, and about Jesus Christ in heaven with His Father and why He came to earth to die. It tells of His going back to God in heaven and His coming again. The major Bible teachings about God are taught here, though so briefly and simply.
You can purchase the book here.
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