Monday, June 22, 2009

Book Review: God's Little Princess Devotional Bible by Sheila Walsh

God's Little Princess Devotional Bible

God's Little Princess Devotional Bible
by Sheila Walsh

Hardback: 335 pages
Publisher: Thommy Nelson
First Released: 2006

Source: Review copy from publisher

Back Cover Description:
Every girl is a princess, the daughter of a King...the greatest King who created and rules over everything!

Girls long to be loved and adored, and give their heart to their hero. God is that hero! The characteristics focused on in this Bible storybook will help your little girl blossom into the princess she was created to be. Virtues to create beauty such as compassion, sharing, and truth are highlighted in fun and engaging ways. The perfect format for girls to learn about their destiny as a daughter of their King.

Features included are: Beauty Secrets, Bible Princesses, My Hero (Scripture promises), Take a Bow (Easy plays that are Bible-focused), I Adore You (Put girls energy to use with songs, scripture and worship), Royal Truths, Down In My Heart (Scripture Memory), Princess Charming, Worthy of Love (Ideas to show how to love her royal subjects: family, siblings, friends and those in the community).

God's Little Princess Devotional Bible is a fun, easy to understand book full of Bible stories and related activities (plays, songs, lessons about what the Bible verses teach). The lessons are good ones with an obvious or underlying God/Christ focus. The plays are Bible-verse based and look simple enough to put on. The worship songs are good ones, but only the words are included.

A good amount of Bible scripture from both the Old and New Testament (International Children's Bible translation) is included. The translation is generally a very good one for children, though younger children might have some questions about what's meant. (The book is labelled as for 4-7 year-olds, but I suspect it's more accurately for 5-9 year-olds.)

Occassionally, the full Bible story was not quoted when more of the story was needed to understand what's going on. In those cases, the reader's told where to go in the Bible to read the whole story. Unless a parent does this for the child, though, I'm not sure they would bother. I would have liked it if more of the story was included in those cases.

I'd recommend this book to any parent who wants their (younger) girls actively engaged in learning Bible stories and/or learning to become God's Little Princess (with godly manners to match). It's a cute, fun, Christ-focused book.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

Charmed, I'm Sure

Your friend has been working hard on a drawing. You get up to peek over her shoulder and see how she's doing. You decide to say:

A) "That's really great! I like your colors."
B) "What on earth is that? It looks funny."
C) "That's not how you're supposed to do it."
D) "You don't draw very well."

All during the day, you have the chance to talk to other people. You also have a choice. You can say good, kind words that help people. Or you can say things that will hurt their feelings. God says we need to guard our mouths. He wants us to only say words that build others up. He never wants us to tear them down. Ask Jesus to help you see something good in the other person. Then tell that person the good that you see! It helps them, and you become more like Jesus.


Sheila DeChantal said...

I really enjoy Sheila Walsh and her books. Thanks for the review!

ChristFocus Book Club said...

I'm glad you liked the review. Thank you for taking the time to comment on the book.