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Stephen Elkins is a Grammy Award–nominated record producer and a children’s author and songwriter with over 20 million inspirational books, CDs, and DVDs sold. He is owner and founder of Wonder Workshop, a multifaceted Christian media company specializing in the creation of juvenile books, audio products, and DVDs. Stephen has produced recordings featuring Christian personalities TobyMac, Rebecca St. James, Michael Tait of dcTalk, Steve Green, Max Lucado, Twila Paris, and many other notable musicians. He also wrote and produced the Joni Eareckson Tada song “The God I Love,” which is used in conjunction with her book of the same title and is now the theme song for her nationally syndicated television show. Stephen lives in Nashville with his wife, Cindy.
Simon Taylor-Kielty is based in London, England, and is one of the foremost children’s book illustrators in the world today. He worked for 15 years as a greeting card illustrator for Hallmark Cards and has since embarked on a successful book career. Simon’s ability to bring Bible characters to life will capture your child’s imagination! Tyndale House Publishers
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)
Imagine a time when there were no birds. There wasn't even a sky for them to fly in. In the beginning there was only God and a great big, empty universe. But that was about to change!
How did God change it?
God spoke, and everything came to be. "Let there be light," God said. And there was light. "Let there be fish and animals," He said. And they all came to be. God created all things, and they were good!
Did God create people, too?
Yes, He did!
God made whales and snails, hippos and hens. But then He made His greatest creation: people! And from the first man, Adam, and the first woman, Eve, came all the people of the earth, including you!
God Made People Genesis 2:7-23
"I made you, and I will care for you." (Isaiah 46:4)
The Bible tells us God created the heavens and the earth. He made the very first man and named him Adam. Then God made Eve, the first woman. Adam and Eve became God's very first family!
What else did God do?
The Bible says that God made everything. He made the sun, moon, and stars, the animals that live on land, and all the fish that swim in the sea. There is no one like our God!
Did God make me, too?
Yes, He did!
He chose the color of your hair and skin. He formed your little nose, and your fingers and toes. He made you for His purpose and loves you just the way you are!
Excerpted from Bible Stories that end with a Hug! by Stephen Elkins Copyright © 2012 by Stephen Elkins. Excerpted by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Posted February 9, 2013
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I chose to review this book due to the fact that I have been teaching childrens church during adult church service on Sunday morning.
This book was able to help my guide my ideas to journey though the bible.
Many kids listen and hear the bible story only in the way that their Sunday School teachers curriculum teaches and sometimes get stuck in hearing only one way- when I am able to show how each story is a HUGE hug from God, kiddos are able to open their eyes to God being present in the pain as well.
The one thing that I would critique is that it lacks in detail.
Each story is only a two page spread and is normally only a paragraph in length.
If they were to rework it I would recommend that they extend the stories or even maybe make an advanced version for a little older with more depth.
Posted January 12, 2013
"Bible Stories that End with A Hug" by Stephen Elkins is a compilation of 75 of the best loved Bible stories, rewritten for young children. Elkin did a wonderful job of summarizing Biblical stories into short, easy to understand passages that even young children will understand.
Each story itself is very short, and is followed by a couple of questions that young children might ask, as well as answers to those questions. The end of each story comes at "hug time", when the child is encouraged to hug mom or dad.
What I liked about this book was that it is perfect for young children - as early as age 3. The language is easy to understand, and the stories themselves are short enough that it would keep the attention of a young child.
The illustrations in this book are beautiful, and I thought were a great interpretation of the stories they illustrated. Everything about this book is kid-friendly, and I would highly recommend this one to anyone with young children. A great introduction to Bible stories for even the youngest!
Posted January 11, 2013
I can't even begin to tell you how much my daughter and I love this book.
I am reading through the Bible in a year, and it is so fun to read through this book with my daughter and share the stories together.
This book has incredible illustrations, it has a specific verse for each chapter and an application point. My favorite part, is that each chapter ends with giving your child a hug. If you have a child, know of a child or know of someone that has a child, get this book. You will not be sorry!
Posted January 10, 2013
75 Bible Stories starting with Genesis 1, In the Beginning and the last story from 2 John 1:4-6, Love One Another. Every bible story ends with Hug Time. They will store up these stories and verses in their heart forever. The illustrations will be pleasing to the child because the characters in the bible stories are illustrated as childlike images. They will relate the story you are reading, to the illustrations they see.
Cuddle up with your child while you read them a bible story.
This book provides a little lesson in each story to peak the child's imagination and encourage them to share their opinion and to ask questions about the story. Children will easily memorize verses and will want to repeat and share the stories from Bible Stories that End with a Hug! Make sure you don't forget the HUGS.
I can't wait to share this book with my grandbabies. I have no doubt the children will be very animated and will end the story-time with big HUGS and kisses.
I highly recommend this book.
I rated this book 5 hugs out of 5 hugs.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale House for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.
Posted January 5, 2013
When a parent engages a young child with a book to read and a lesson to learn, the art of the book is key to making a special moment in time of the occasion. "Bible Stories that end with a hug!" is just such a book. The soft, delightful art is geared for the young child (and the young in heart) and will properly engage their attention for the lessons to be learned in the book. Commendations to Simon Taylor-Kielty for this beautiful artistry. Now let's get to the "meat' of the book. Author Stephen Elkins has taken 75 Bible events/stories and presented a very short "thought" about each story. There is a sweet full page picture on the left side that gently illustrates the story and includes a short Bible verse. (Verses are from the NLT. My personal preference is KJV.) On the right hand page the short paragraph or paraphrase of the Bible story is given. Below that are three other sections: 1) A couple of questions such as "What did Moses do?" and 2) "Will God supply my needs too?". Then there is an application to the idea of the story as it pertains to the child. In the story of Daniel in the Lions' Den, the verse is "Never stop praying." I Thess 5:17. And the questions are "Did Daniel stop praying?" and "Can I learn to pray like Daniel did?" followed by the application - "The bible teaches that we should never stop praying." Basic, straight-forward application and lesson. However, in places the book deals with "decision making" of a theological nature. The parents' responsibility is always to lead and guide their child toward a relationship with God. However, one should guard against improperly pushing a young child into decision making for which they are truly not ready - just to get that hug the book promises. The concept of the hug at the end of each story lesson is great. But a child should never feel they will receive a Mommy or Daddy hug only if they are good or only if they make the right response to a story application. So care needs to be exercised that hugs are not given as payment for such. Again, this is a beautiful book and filled with opportunities to gently teach the young child lessons from the Bible. (VG) A complimentary copy was provided by Tyndale Blog Network on behalf of the publisher and author for the purpose of an honest review.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.