Monday, March 4, 2024

"Jesus Moments: David" & "The God Contest" young children's Bible stories [Review & Giveaway]

Jesus Moments: David: Finding Jesus in the Story of David by Alison Mitchell

ISBN: 9781784989408

My thoughts: 
The concept of this new children's story book line is promising. Teaching children when Jesus is pictured in Old Testament characters is pretty new. Usually, that bit of theology isn't taught until later years.

The story of David is nicely told in clear text. It begins with the selection of Israel's next King by the Prophet Samuel from among the sons of Jesse. The anointment of David with oil takes place and later in the book Jesus is identified as "the anointed one." David doesn't become king immediately as Saul is currently king of Israel.

As the story progresses through highlights of David's life, the reader is given the opportunity to find crowns hidden in the art work. These denote special "Jesus Moments" and provide interesting teaching moments and a fun exercise.

I don't care for the overall dark illustrations and the text also being dark on a dark background. The illustrations will catch children's attention, I think, but the dark colors may be a deterrent.

Overall, this is a high quality and theologically sound children's book. I look forward to more "Jesus Moments" story books.

About the book: Help 4-7s learn how David points to Jesus with this beautifully illustrated Old Testament storybook from Alison Mitchell, the award-winning author of Jesus and the Lions’ Den and The One O’Clock Miracle.

Moments in David’s story when David is a little bit like Jesus are signposted with symbols that children need to spot, helping them to understand the relationship between the Old and New Testaments.

This fun, interactive resource will give children skills to read the Bible as they connect the stories and learn that the whole Bible is about Jesus. Great for parents or grandparents to give children aged 4-7. Can also be used as a homeschool resource or for children’s ministry in church.

This is the first book in a series called "Jesus Moments," which looks at how Old Testament characters point to Jesus.

The God Contest Board Book by Carl Laferton

ISBN: 9781784989507

My thoughts:
  A small board book just right for toddlers and young children's hands.  This Bible story was a favorite of my children when they were young. I'm delighted to see it in a children's book so they can learn how the prophet Elijah stood up to the priests of Baal let God demonstrate His power and Supreme Being.

The fire from God to light the altar really gets the attention of story listeners and they learn how God won the "contest" against the other people's god, Baal.

About the book: Jesus Is the Real God!

Using simple sentences and stunning illustrations, this board book shows toddlers that Jesus has proved in history that he is the real God, who rules everything and loves everyone.

The God Contest Board Book features:

  • a robust board-book format.
  • stunning illustrations by Catalina Echeverri that will delight young children.
  • simple sentences that will communicate truths in a way toddlers can understand.
  • content that helps children aged 1-3 be confident that in Elijah's time, and in coming as Jesus, God has proved who he really is.

Ends April 5 @ 12:01 a.m. EDT
Open to USA residents/addresses only
DISCLOSURE: I received complimentary copies from the publisher, The Good Book Company, to facilitate a review. Winner's prize is provided and mailed directly to the winner by publisher or publicist. Chat With Vera is not responsible for lost or misdirected prizes. Secret word: Bible 


  1. Both David and the God contest sound like good books to have at the Catholic School where I work.

  2. They have a large variety of books and you can purchase gift sets,too.

  3. Today was a boring day. I don’t think I did something to anyone today, but myself. I just had eye surgery in both eyes.

  4. The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross Storybook & 5 Things to Pray for Your Kids

  5. I feel good when I donate money or goods!
    I can’t volunteer, because of my physical disabilities.

  6. It’s good to be a girl and Just Be Honest Book.

  7. I feel good giving to people less fortunaate than I. I hope they feel good getting it!! 🙏

  8. I am interested in Discovering the Real Jesus and God's Very Good Idea Storybook.

  9. It was a beautiful sunny day! My granddaughter made sugar cookies- Yum

  10. I am so loving hearing of your hearts for giving and sharing with others. And it warms my heart when the response to Christian publications is good.

  11. I entered a preacher’s name to win 5 Christian books 📚 for his perishaners use

    1. Sue E., that is terrific. That warms my heart!

  12. I knew my grandson was low on money, but he didn’t know I knew. So I asked him over to fix my toilet. Of course, he said grandma I don’t want any money. I slipped $80 into his toolbox 😍

  13. I did something that made me feel good and is supposed to help my fellow man! I voted!

  14. I forgot to include this a couple of days ago! I found a DVD of my daughter’s wedding over 20 years ago. She was so happy, because she lost her’s. She was so happy!!

  15. I feel good that I could help my grandson get ready for his Senior Prom! He looked very handsome!!

  16. My daughter took me to the eye doctor today to have my eyes checked after the surgery. We saw an elderly lady sitting on a bench when we went in and when we came out she hadn’t moved. My daughter walked up to her and asked her if she would like a ride. She kindly turned my daughter down and said she was waiting for her daughter. She thanked my daughter 3 times and we got into the car. I told her how proud I was of her and how proud I am of her for doing that! Thank you God for such a kind hearted daughter 💖💖🙏🙏

  17. My granddaughter had surgery on her knee yesterda. I feel good that I am able to be at her beckon call ❤️‍🩹 Poor honey 💖


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