I would have wanted to make this list earlier. But due to the pandemic, shipping to the Philippines has made it difficult for me to acquire these resources sooner.
2020 has been a tough year for churches because of all the lockdown and quarantine restrictions, which is why the release of these books about the importance of church and helping children understand why it matters has been very timely in light of the past year’s events.
God Made Me For Worship (New Growth Press, 2020) by Jared Kennedy explains to children that all the components of worship point to the beauty of the Gospel message.
See why it’s important by hearing the author introduce the book below:
So, What is the Church? (CF4K, 2020) by Carine MacKenzie provides a different perspective by explaining what the church means in all times and all places.
Another Devotional Classic
The Ology (New Growth Press, 2015) by Marty Machowski has captured the hearts of many Christian homes because of its accessibility in teaching theology to a much younger audience. With the publication of Wonder Full (New Growth Press, 2020) by the very same author, you’ll have another devotional classic that explains the wonderful truths of each Psalm to children.
This book will surely be cherished by many, just like The Ology. You can hear the author talk more about his beloved book below:
Living for Jesus
The Good News for Little Hearts has been a mainstay in our bedroom bookshelf because of how it helps my children process their feelings and fears by allow them to focus on Scriptural facts. The next installment to this series: Buster Tries to Bail, Caspian Crashes the Party, and Halle Takes the Stand is a welcome addition to any Christian library as they ably help covenant children put Christ in the center of their world of worries as they live for God’s glory!
Arlo and the Great Big Cover-Up (Crossway, 2020) by Betsy Childs Howard captures the reality in the heart of each child that struggles with faithful obedience to God and their parents. It is very much relatable, as one of my children candidly stated during our bedtime reading a few moons ago.
More importantly, the book offers hope and comfort in the Gospel, while acknowledging the messiness of sin and misery. You can watch a read aloud of the book right down below, thanks to Crossway.
Another book that I love is Where You Go, I Want You to Know (The Good Book Company, 2020) by Melissa Kruger. If you love Dr. Seuss’ Oh, the Places You’ll Go! then you will love this book because it shares from the parent’s perspective about their biggest dreams—for children to know and love God with all of their heart and soul. The whole message of the books gets to the heart of the matter—what ultimately matters in life is life in Christ. In fact, we had to give away our very own copy to a church couple who wanted to get a copy so bad for themselves. And so, we will have to wait for another new copy to arrive in order to get a good photo next time!
You can hear the full read-through from the author below this post:
Bible History Help
I’m hard-pressed to say whether or not a certain book is a “must-have” in a home library, but Linda Finlayson’s newly released God’s Bible Timeline (CF4K, 2020) is one resource that I would highly recommend, along with her big book on church history, God’s Timeline (CF4K, 2018). After getting this book for only a few weeks, I find myself constantly referring to it during our Bible or history lessons. Timelines are helpful in visualizing and pointing out the key events, places and figures, and having a competent and well-researched guide such as God’s Time Line is definitely worth the time and money spent for homeschooling or even Bible study. The pull-out poster is pretty cool, too, if you’re into displaying visual aids in your homeschool/study room.