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Winner of the 2013 Christian Book Award for Inspiration
In the beginning, God sang everything into being—for the joy of it!—and set the whole universe dancing!
God was in the center, at the heart of everything.
Like the dance of the planets before the sun—turning, spinning, circling, wheeling, revolving, orbiting around and around—God made everything in his world and in his universe and in his children's hearts to center around him—in a wonderful Dance of Joy!
It's the Dance you were born for. Dance!
"The morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy." Job 38:7 (KJV)
THREE SMALL WORDS
"[Treasure] these words of mine in your heart and in your soul." Deuteronomy 11:18 (ESV)
What words does God want you to treasure in the deepest part of you?
"Be good"? "Do it better"? "Try harder"? are those the words God wrote in the Bible for us, to rescue and free us?
No. Those words only show us what we can't do.
The words God wants us to remember are just three small ones: "I love you!"
They are the words that stop the Terrible Lie that Satan whispered to eve in the garden: "God doesn't love you!" They are the words that heal the poison in our hearts that stops us from trusting God.
They are the words that Jesus came to tell us with his whole life.
They are the words he died to prove.
What words will you treasure today?
Excerpted from Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing by Sally Lloyd-Jones Copyright © 2012 by Sally Lloyd-Jones. Excerpted by permission of ZONDERVAN. 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 October 23, 2012
In 2007, author Sally Lloyd-Jones’ book, The Jesus Storybook Bible was published and quickly shot to the top of the book charts. It proved a powerful tool for youngsters to connect to God through Lloyd-Jones’ wonderful storytelling. Now, this same author has published an inspirational book for children (and adults!) that is the perfect companion (or stand-alone book) to her first title. Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing is a collection of 101 thoughts, very short stories, riddles, and examples from daily life to give one joy in the gifts that God gives each and every one of us. Each “thought” is short, no more than a few brief paragraphs, to hold the attention of little ones. There is the story of Winkie, a pigeon who saved the crew of a downed WW II plane by flying home which Lloyd-Jones uses to tie into the theme of finding God, who is our true home. We’re given a riddle of guessing what the hardest thing in the world to tame might be. Is it a lion? An ant? No, it’s our tongue! And again, the author ties this into an important life lesson. On another page we meet the beautiful horse and learn how much God loves this majestic animal. Well, if God loves the horse so much, “how much more must he love you?” Below each “thought” is a Bible verse that ties in nicely to the story. At the back of the book the author lists a bibliography and other sources that she found helpful while compiling the text for this book. Of course, no review of this book would be complete without mentioning the absolutely wonderful artwork. The bright, vibrant, and engaging pictures that accompany each story are absolutely delightful and are sure to attract young eyes that might otherwise wander. From the bright pink and green cars to the rocket ship flying through space, there is something here for every taste. It is not surprising, then, to learn that the author, Jago, has won several awards to honor his talent. Quill says: Listed as a book for children ages 6-9, this is truly a book that anyone who desires a closer relationship with God will enjoy.
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Posted February 9, 2013
Posted September 24, 2013
Our family has the Jesus Storybook bible and we love it. The pictures from Jago and the beautiful narratives from Sally Lloyd-Jones are works of art in their own right. Well now the two of them have teamed up again to bring you "Thoughts that make your heart sing."
Basically it's a devotional for young kids, and I would say kids between 6-9 years of age. At first glance, the drawings might "look" like it might be appropriate for younger kids, but Sally Lloyd-Jones uses a lot of flowery and descriptive words (almost poetic) that would be lost on a younger child.
The book starts off much like the Bible does with the stories of creation and makes its way through the scriptures and at over 200 pages there is a devotional for over 70 readings!
Each reading is a page accompanied by a stunning picture - the reading is typically a question about faith or about how we see life and it's shortly followed by a passage of scripture.
This book is a wonderful read, sure to be appreciated by parents as well as their kids. In a world where wholesome Christian literature is needed - this book comes as a breathtaking surprise.
I don't know what it is, but Banes and Noble always screws up on Zondervan's Duo-tone bindings. This book is NOT leather-bound. It's what Zondervan calls "Italian Duo-tone" and it pretty much is a "leather-look" made from rubber and paper. It feels and looks like leather, but it's not made from animal products.
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Posted April 19, 2013
Another thoughtfully written and beautifully illustrated book for children by Sally Lloyd-Jones. It is a delight to read with my grandchildren at bedtime or any time!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 9, 2013
This book indeed will make your heart sing. It is wonderful for all ages, toddlers to grandmas. This book is a balm to the soul and so simply written and illustrated. I LOVE it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 14, 2012