Monday, September 14, 2015

The Biggest Story, How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden
"Of course, God still had his promises to keep. But most days it was hard to imagine how anyone could save this stubborn people.

It would have been even harder to imagine how the Promised Man could come from among this people."
If you read my blog, you know that teaching my daughter with autism about God is a very challenging task at my house. Stories during Sunday School and Vacation Bible School scared her. God isn't concrete and tangible, and that frightens her.

I am thankful that God keeps his promises even to children who don't understand Him.

I keep looking for resources to help bring Bible stories into content that my girl can understand. Long columns of letters, words, paragraphs are not our favorite medium.

We  were given an opportunity to review a book for children, The Biggest Story, How The Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden, and I raised my hand quickly for a copy. Anything with fun illustrations is inviting to my daughter, and if it is inviting, she spends time with it, and she gains new knowledge or at least new familiarity.

The images are delightful. Take a peek below (or at the promotional video):

I really appreciate Don Clark's illustrations. There is so much to look at!

I am impressed with author Kevin Deyoung's ability to condense a concept into just a few very powerful sentences. The summaries are fantastic for a kid with special learning needs!
"The second monarch, young David from Bethlehem, was definitely much better. In fact, before we get to the King, there's almost no one more important than King David.

When King David wasn't busy sinning (which he did in some really big ways), he was a good, wise, merciful king. May good things happened to God's people when David was in charge. They were victorious and prosperous and blessed."
There are so many concepts to find in the illustrations and talk about. This is a bonus for the homeschooling mom to a child with autism. The non-verbal information within the pages of this book is rich.

We haven't  had time with younger cousins since we got this book - when we do have time with them, "The Biggest Story" will be an excellent choice for my homeschooler to read aloud to her younger cousins. Reading aloud and co-teaching are wonderful ways to work on communication for a child with autism. 

Many of you will read this book in one sitting although it can be read in sections for children whose attention span is short, the sections are short enough not to overwhelm.

Throughout the book, Deyoung reminds us again and again of God's wonderful promises:
"So  keep waiting for him. Keep believing in him. Keep trusting that the story isn't over yet. God's promises never fail and the Promised One never disappoints."
The hardback retails for $18 (it is discounted as I type at Amazon), is 132 pages, and is not too big for little hands and it has a silky fabric bookmark for saving your place.

If the powers that be are reading, I like the black text on the pages better than the white text.

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