God’s Big Plans for Me takes the 40 foundational principles written in the #1 New York Times bestseller The Purpose Driven Life by Pastor Rick Warren book and presents them in a format a child can understand. This book is more than just a collection of well-known Bible stories as it encourages readers and listeners to think and really dig deeper in their walk with God.
The Bible stories are presented in a chronological order so you’ll want to start at the beginning and read directly through to the end of the book. The stories all began with the day number, a title, usually relatable introduction, a Bible story that corresponds, and three important things to take to heart.
The ending section is great and I’m glad it was included. There’s Think ( a single statement that summarizes the story), Remember ( an important verse from the story), and Question ( how what was taught/learned can be relatable to one’s life currently). These final three things help one to really ponder what was read. The scripture verse could be used to memorization too.
This is a good book for kids that are asking and pondering the questions about what their purpose in life or as a Christian is. This well-put-together book will help answer those questions by sharing Biblical truths while also helping one discover the goodness, mercy, love, faithfulness and other great attributes of God.
The illustrations are colorful and very kid-friendly. I feel the pictures help tell the stories shared very well. There are no frightening or disturbing images.
The age recommendations are 4-8 years old. I feel this is a good fit for those ages. It’s simple enough for younger children to understand without being too heavy or confusing. It’s an easy read aloud without adding too much or not enough.
I’m excited about this book, it’s a great stepping stone to helping your child to start living a more intentional and purposeful life. Less of self and more of God is the goal. I so want my children to be others focused and confidently planted in the Word of the Lord in knowing who they are.
This would make an excellent choice to add to any home or church classroom. The book is hardcover so it can take much use. I highly recommend it!
Dr. Rick Warren is pastor, author, global strategist, theologian, and philanthropist. His book The Purpose Driven Life has been called the bestselling non-fiction hardback in publishing history by Publishers Weekly, having sold more than 32 million copies. Warren founded Saddleback Church in 1980 with his wife, Kay. In addition to a 120-acre campus in Lake Forest, CA, the church has fourteen satellite campuses in Southern California and three international campuses. Rick Warren is often called “America’s most influential spiritual leader.” He and his wife, Kay, founded Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, which is now one of the largest and best-known churches in the world. He also wrote the #1 all-time bestselling hardcover book, The Purpose Driven Life.
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