Good News for Little Hearts created by Jocelyn Flenders, edited by Edward T. Welch, Jayne V. Clark, David Powlison and illustrated by Joe Hox ~ Review

My Review:

Good News for Little Hearts is a series of children's picture books from CCEF, that offer so much more than simply a moralistic message, but instead each story points to the Gospel and our need for a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Written to be read aloud to children ages 3-8, these books are great for starting discussion on dealing with life's challenges Scripturally, covering topics such as death, loneliness, and wanting something too much.

In Gus Loses His Grip, Gus Raccoon has a deceptively sugary sweet addiction, but what happens when his desire takes over? This book talks about how there are many things that in small amounts are not harmful, and can even be good, but when we let those things have control over us it can crossover very quickly into sin.

Tori Comes Out of Her Shell is about a young tortoise who is new to the neighborhood, she is shy and hides under her shell. But a Scriptural reminder from her new teacher, encourages Tori to step out of her comfort zone. I loved how this book focuses on how we are never alone, as well as how even when we are lonely sometimes, we aren't the only ones.

Henry Says Good-Bye follows a young hedgehog as he deals with death and sadness. I liked how this book deals with a tough topic, while offering understanding and hope, as well as a warning against letting our sadness cause us to sin.

Good News for Little Hearts books deal with tough life challenges in a way that young children can understand, opening up moments for meaningful discipleship opportunities with the child in your life, with each story pointing to the Gospel. Each book includes perforated cardboard Scripture cards, and a Gospel-focused discussion guide. The illustrations are charming, and fun, with a fun engaging layout.

Overall, I was completely blown away by the quality of these books for children, it sets a high standard, and honestly it's hard to find a book that is so well written on difficult topics, with young children in mind and a Christ-centered focus. These books strive for so much more than the moralistic fluff of other books out on the market, and I was very impressed. Great to share with the young people in your life, and designed to read aloud with your child. They would make a great gift for a baby shower, child's birthday, Christmas, Easter, or any occasion, also perfect for church libraries. Highly recommend!

I received complimentary copies of these books. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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