Matt KoceichBarbour Publishing / 2018 / Trade PaperbackOur Price$4.994 out of 5 stars for Kingdom Files: Who Was Jonah?:. View reviews of this product. 3 ReviewsAvailability: In StockStock No: WW226302
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rkfall4 Stars Out Of 5JonahJune 26, 2019rkfallHere is a review by my 12-year old daughter. Who Was Jonah by Matt Koceich was a very drawn-in book. This book was mostly the story of Jonah with discussion at the end of every chapter for further Bible Study. This is great to do on your own or get some friends together and create discussion. The discussions went into the story even more. I learned things I didn't know about Jonah before, so that was great. Each chapter was readable and I moved through them quickly. This gave me time to stop and think about what I had just read. I really liked that.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Fizzy Pop4 Stars Out Of 5Not only is God the king of second chances but he also has the ability to take our foibles and use them to his (and our) benefit.October 8, 2018Fizzy PopQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4We are picking up where I left off with the new Kingdom Files series. I reviewed another installment 'Who is Jesus' back in August. I'll share a few of the same things, specific to the book layout but I'll also share my thoughts on the exploration of the life of Jonah. I still feel like these would be an amazing addition to any library to truly help key people of the Bible come to life for young readers and less like 'characters' in a book. If that makes sense to anyone but me. Laid out in three distinct sections, each helps to bring the reader to truth from the Bible about each person. Fact File that gives relevant information about the person. Action File which gives Biblical truth about that person, including why they are important to our history and our faith. And Power File that provides additional Biblical stories, lessons and memory verses.
I really enjoyed the Fact File section on the life of Jonah. Staying true to the Biblical account there was so much more information provided. Obviously a lot of research went into truly helping the reader to understand why the things that happened were important to the culture of the time as well as a bigger picture than just 'do what you are told'. I shared the broader idea that Jonah not only grew from his adventure, the people of Nineveh were still brought into rightness, but God was also able to take advantage of Jonah's disobedience to speak to the people on the ship he tried to escape on as well. Not on is God the king of second chances but he also has the ability to take our foibles and use them to his (and our) benefit. The only thing that I was really distracted by was the repetition. And I mean 'repetition'. However, as an adult reader who found it annoying I am also acutely aware that repetition is a key to helping children learn and retain information. Sooo, I guess I can't complain too loudly.
I am still enamored with the idea and execution of the Power File. Additional resources, versus, and relevant commentary to accompany the exploration into the life that Jonah lived. Remember just a sentence or two before when I slightly whined about repetition. Well, this falls into that category. It is ten opportunities to dig deeper and truly helping a young reader retain and better understand the important things that we can take away from the life of Jonah. It is also set up in such a way to be used as a daily devotional opportunity. The younger a child is when they develop these habits the more likely they are to rely on and use them as adults. Daily devotionals are key to truly having a meaningful relationship with The Father.
I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by NetGalley. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
simplyanne4 Stars Out Of 5Good bookAugust 6, 2018simplyanneQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Kingdom Files: Who was Jonah
I read this book with my 7-year-old son. We enjoyed Jonahs story and reading his life in a more personable perspective. I think we both enjoyed reading this book equally. As an eBook, it was challenging at different points where the layout did not translate well-making things seem disorganized and difficult to read. Although the story was straight from the Bible, parts were over my sons head as well. This was not a bad thing, and I think he will enjoy reading this in a few years, but it was beyond his reading and comprehension level. I appreciated how Jonah was humanized making him more relatable. I feel like there could have been more thought-provoking and personal questions throughout the book to relate more to the character. We stopped frequently to discuss our own reactions and feelings about what was happening. Overall, I think this was a good book for kids to be able to relate to the Bible and help them understand how real it truly is. Even as an adult there are times when I forget that the people in the Bible are real. It was a good reminder and I was happy to share this with my son.
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