God's Very Good Idea (Book Review)

Nick loves to read. When we had a fire evacuation a couple of years ago he asked to make sure his two suits (for preaching) and all of his books were safe from potential disaster. I never grew up with a love to read, but after being around my husband the love of reading has rubbed off on me. Inevitably we want not only to foster a love for reading in our boys but also a love for God and his words.  

The children's book, God's Very Good Idea, by Trillia Newbell surprised me on how clearly it represented culture, sin, and the gospel. Trillia did an excellent job of describing the different types of people God has created, all in his own image, and then shows the effects that sin has on the world. She clearly shows how God chose to redeem us from sin and points readers, young and old, to Christ. 

My favorite quote from the book is:

God made it. People Ruined it. He rescued it. He will finish it.

I truly believe that this book would help adults better understand the gospel, and how from creation to redemption, God has created diversity and is redeeming diversity.

I originally wanted to read this to my boys because of how the book displays the many different kinds of people God creates. Tall, short, skinny, big, old, young, brown skin, light skin, etc. Exposure is the best way we can make sure our kids treat and love their neighbors as themselves, and by exposing my kids to all the beautiful different types of people God has created I can hopefully, by God's grace, instill in them a love for all people.

I highly recommend this book to not only kids but to the church in general. I always recommend that new believers read a Children's Bible, like I was told to do, because it clearly explains the Christian faith. This book explains God's design, plan, and the gospel story very simply.

This book was graciously given to me for free. No compensation was given and all opinions are my own.

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Guest Post by Janna Gallagher: In the Beginning

Janna is Nick's eldest sister and is truly an amazing sister-in-law. She home-schools my nieces and nephew and also balances staying active with Crossfit and supporting her husband, James, who serves in the California State Assembly.

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. (Genesis 1:1-5 ESV)

The beginning. There was no form, there was darkness, but the Spirit of God was there. God spoke and with his voice He created light where there was only darkness. He created an order, he created what he deemed “good.”

Every morning, when I rise, before my feet hit the floor, I am reminded to thank Jesus for the day. I don’t always know what kind of day is before me, what will be expected, how I will feel, what I will need to teach my children, but I know that every breath I am given is only given to me from the Lord. And out of my recognition of my need for Him, the understanding of His grace to which I do not deserve, can I even begin to give grace to those around me.

This is one of my favorite parts of the Bible. I’m a bit of a type A personality and this gives order to what I believe about God, my theology. In the beginning, there wasn’t Janna. There wasn’t all the things Janna wanted, nor all the things that have been wrong in Janna’s eyes. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Let this be the place of rest, our peace for the day before us.