I think it was in college when I bought a book of "Bible Promises". Essentially, it was a collection of Bible verses on various subjects taken out of context. I knew that this book was going to be such a book, but I was hoping that the verses would be really good ones and on target for the various subjects I expect to have to tackle with my son in the years to come. What I found was a book with 3 or 4 rhyming lines about the topic and then 3-4 verses. Sometimes the verses made logical sense to me and then other times not. I don't think it would be a very good devotional because it would be too quick. If you just want to check the box, I suppose you could use this book, but there are so many books out there that I think would be better. There were several topics about doing something wrong. Rather than reminding children that they should strive to do the right thing or that they should apologize and ask forgiveness, this book talked over and over about forgiveness and how children shouldn't feel guilty. Yes, it is true that we are forgiven. We attended a church for several years where grace was preached a lot--but living rightly wasn't. People are so afraid of legalism that as a culture we seem to shy away from even talking about how we should live. That way of looking at things seems to be very prevalent in this book. There is much talk of grace, but not of living rightly and repentance. I know this is just a book for little boys and parents. Maybe I sound too serious in this review, but I think there are many books that I would recommend instead of this book. For younger children 2-4, I would recommend the Read Aloud Bible Stories by Ella Lindvall and Big Thoughts for Little People by Kenneth Taylor for devotionals. For 4-6 year olds, I would recommend an out of print book called Everyday Adventures by Pat Holt if you ever come across a copy. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this book for review.
God's Promises for Boys by Jack Countryman and Amy ParkerI received this book for free from the publisher. This review is my true and honest opinions of the book.About this book:This book is a somewhere over a hundred pages long. This book includes many topics followed by a short poem (or something like that) and then followed by three or four Bible verses that go along with that topic.What I liked about this book:I loved the pictures in this book! They are really, really, really cute! I liked the design of this book. As I just said, the pictures are great, combine great pictures with cool colors and patterns and this book just looks really fun!Includes a content list, so that you can easily find the right section of the book for whatever you may be going through.Includes a lot of Bible verses!Who this book is for, or What I didn't like about this book:This book is supposed to be for 4 to 8 year old boys. I would say that this book is about right for 7 to 10 year old boys, and even at that age they might still need a little help understanding parts of it and parts of it might not really apply to them.My conclusion:This is a really cute and helpful book. I give it four stars. (I would have given this book 5 stars, but it really isn't perfect for the age that it is supposed to be written for.)