Who Is Jesus? by MaryAnn Diorio, illustrated by Kim Sponaugle

Who is JesusWho Is Jesus?
Author: MaryAnn Diorio, PhD, MFA
Picture Book: unpaged
Language: English
ISBN 13: 978-0-930037-15-4
List price: $14.95

Reviewed By: Janice D. Green

Rating: :) :) :) :) :)

This little book is a delightful introduction to the nature of Jesus. Author MaryAnn Diorio captures the personality of Jesus in simple ways that children can and will relate to. This is carried out by asking the question “Who is Jesus?” then following the question with two situations involving children, one showing an example of who Jesus is not, then an example that shows Jesus love as he truly is. Following that is a page with a scripture that corresponds to the examples just given. These four-page scenarios are repeated several times, each time demonstrating another example of what Jesus is and is not like. The author carries her children farther than simply good and bad behavior, however. She also introduces the concepts that Jesus is always with us, Jesus is love, and Jesus is God.

What I like the most about this book: The examples are so relevant for very young children, and the pictures are so engaging and lively. The book also has strong reverent overtones.

What I like least about this book: When I first read the book, I felt it gave the impression that Jesus was like a child, because the Christ-like examples were children. But after putting the book down for a few weeks and then re-reading it, I came away with a different feeling for the book. Who is Jesus? definitely grew on me since the first time I read it.  If reading this book to children I would encourage them to think about how they can show Jesus’ love in the way they act around others.

I highly recommend this book for pre-school children. Sunday school teachers and nursery workers would find a place for this book in their read-aloud activities. It can be purchased on Amazon at this link.

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR Title 16, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Helping Children Get Ready for Thanksgiving

A few weeks ago, I posted an activity for families as they prepare for Thanksgiving. It’s not too late to put that into action. It could be done with all of your family’s Thanksgiving guests.

Today, my mind is on the physical preparation for Thanksgiving. If you are hosting the holiday in your home, there is lots to do. It is an all-hands-on-deck kind of busyness. Sometimes, children are so excited about the upcoming special day that they are not focused on their usual responsibilities. In some homes, perhaps the daily chores in a child’s room are done by a parent or caregiver.

thanksgiving to do for kids

Here is a simple list for children and teens to get the job done as you prepare for the big feast. When your helper completes one of the tasks on the list, have him mark it in some way. A check, a sticker, or a smile face are a few ideas.

Remember, the house does not have to be perfect. Above all, you want an atmosphere of a shared family time during which you express thanks to God for His many blessings.

I want to wish a heartfelt Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!


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Mentoring Young Believers

Noble Front CoverNot long ago, an editorial director challenged his blog readers to create a mission statement. When I thought about the books I write and what I wanted to accomplish through them, my mission statement looked liked this, “Sharing the message of hope with young people.”

Now, when I crafted this statement I was thinking of “young” as in Church youth. But when we’re talking about faith, there is another definition that applies: “new” believer. A new believer can be of any age; and just like we mentor our children in the faith, the Church needs to help new believers understand the Scriptures so they grow spirituality and have a strong foundation to weather the storms that life sends their way.

In his new book, Climbing for Roots, author Alan Noble explores some of the basic doctrines of our faith, in addition to the responsibilities and privileges of those who have put their trust in Jesus. If you’re placed in a position where you are mentoring a young believer, this could be a resource for you to turn to because it is written in easily understood text. New believers will also find this resource helpful if reading it alone. Noble has dedicated his life to the spiritual welfare of young Christians, and his passion shines through with this book.

Does your church have a mentoring program for new believers? If so, what resources do you use?


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