My ABC Bible Verses from the Psalms is a new release from Crossway Books but the second ABC Bible verse book from Susan Hunt. (This is the first.) If you've made use of the first title, then you'll be very familiar with the layout in this new one as it follows the same pattern.
A - Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name. Psalm 29:2
B - Because Your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. Psalm 63:3
As Susan and Richie point out in their introduction, the first ABC Bible verse book focused on practical application of the Bible, whereas this new book featuring the Psalms focuses more on the character of God. The scripture quotations from this book are taken from the English Standard Version (ESV) of the Bible.
My ABC Bible Verses from the Psalms is a handy devotional/memorization guide for young children. Each letter in the alphabet is given a verse from the Psalms which starts with the same and you are encouraged to work with your children in memorizing these 26 verses from the Psalms. (It's not a bad exercise for the parents either, really.)
We had taken a look at the first title when our kids were much younger and I didn't really think it a very good fit at the time. Grant it, it seemed a nice resource but it was also over their heads. I was eager to take a peek at this book which focuses on the Psalms because I thought it might be a perfect fit for our oldest (age 6) in particular. Indeed it is, but the four year old can follow along at this point as well. We find it remarkably suited for our children's ages in the now.
Each verse has a short devotional in the form of a story. Each story is roughly a page and a half long and includes use of the Bible verse in focus. Then each lesson is concluded with some discussion questions and a suggestion on how you can incorporate the same verse into your prayer life.
I like the illustrations by Connie Gabbert. They have a more "scrapbook-y" and "crafty" feel to them. Instead of stark white pages, the paper has a beige tint to it which gives the book a very calm feel. The illustrations are appealing to the eye and I like the artsy alphabet letters.
In short, both Jonathan and I were very pleased with this resource and we plan to make good use of it with our kids -- starting now!
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