Published by Tyndale Kids on July 18th 2017
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For anyone looking for a fresh way to present the gospel to young children, Wow! The Good News in Four Words is a perfect resource. This whimsical and fun book outlines the gospel in a simple and memorable way (for both adults and kids!), using fun words to highlight the story. The book will present Creation/Genesis (Wow!), The Fall (Uh-oh . . .), Redemption/Jesus' Life and Sacrifice (Yes!), Restoration/The New Heaven (Aaahhhh), ending with one last Wow because we get to go out and tell the Good News!
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Finding the right book to share the Gospel with children can be a challenge. You want a great message, illustrations kids love, and a story that will keep their attention. Each child is different and God uses a variety of tools to reach each person.
In Wow! The Good News in Four Words by Dandi Daley Mackall and illustrated by Annabel Tempest, kids learn about the Gospel in an engaging way. Filled with beautiful illustrations, and rhyming patterns, this story invites children to participate as the book is read to them.
At the beginning of the book, there is a note to parents. While I like this as it explains the concept of the four words, WOW, UH-OH, YES, and AHHH, I’m not sure how much kids will remember the meaning of each of these at the beginning of the story. That said, kids are encouraged to say these words as the story is read to them, which is something I loved.
The story pretty much follows creation, Jesus coming and dying, believing in Him, and then life after believing in Jesus. I appreciate that the author went farther than accepting Jesus and ending the story. It was nice that they talked about the Fruit of the Spirit and being in heaven one day singing with the angels.
This was a nice story to introduce young children to the Gospel. I liked the way the key words were included and kids were encouraged to say them as the story progressed. I think over time, kids will start to associate the words with certain concepts in the story, which is what the book was designed to do.
I really enjoyed the illustrations. They were bright and cute. I enjoyed all of the colors on the pages and found the pictures to enhance the story.
Overall, this was a nice book for young children. The author took a concept that can be challenging to explain to children and broke it down in a way that should be understandable and give parents talking points and references to use.