Many of you may already be familiar with Children’s Bible Hour (CBH); a delightful radio broadcast in which the inviting voice of “Uncle Charlie” reads Bible based stories to kids. We have an old set of CBH cassette tapes (guess that is redundant: tapes=old) that my son, in particular, has worn out over the years.
CBH now brings four of those stories to life with their “Seasons of Faith” book series. I was recently sent a set for review. Each beautifully illustrated, soft cover book tells the story of one aspect of life that we will all experience as Believers. Much like a parable helps to give a concrete idea of a spiritual concept, these stories help kids grasp what walking through life’s challenges-- with Christ-- looks like.
Spring is the time when new faith prods growth and a desire to share this wonderful faith with others.
Race with Midnight: Becky is off to spend spring break in Montana at her cousin Sarah's ranch. She's looking forward to learning how to ride a horse and doing lots of horseback riding. She is also praying that she will have the opportunity to share the gospel with her unsaved family members. Will Becky have the opportunity to share the gospel with Sarah and her family? Will they listen?
Summer is a time of maturing as we learn how to apply God’s truths to our lives and see his care in developing Fruits of the Spirit.
You Can't Come In: Zack and Adam are new best buds who decide to build a fort together. During the process, Zack ends up getting completely muddy. This leads to some interesting conversations between Zack and Adam as well as Zack's parents later on in the evening. Will Adam be able to share the gospel message with Zack? Will Zack understand what Adam is telling him?
Autumn is a time when we will experience struggle and setbacks in our walk. Our faith is challenged and transitions stretch us, yet through it all we will see God’s faithfulness.
Seventy Times Seven: Brad and Doug a good friends, but Brad is upset about a few things Doug as done to him. One day, while the boys are playing baseball, Brad accidentally hits a ball through Mr. Jeffries' ice cream shop window. Mr. Jeffries forgives Brad. Can Brad do the same and forgive Doug?
Winter can bring times of seemingly dormant faith when troubles overwhelm and test us. It is a time to learn to trust, regardless of the circumstance, and learn of God’s comfort and peace.
Braving the Storm: Things have been pretty tough for Thomas and his family lately. Thomas is feeling pretty down, so his Grandpa tries to help him get through the tough times by depending on God. Will Thomas learn the lesson his Grandpa is trying to teach him?
Each of these stories come with a CD of Uncle Charlie reading the story from the original radio broadcast. Your younger ones will delight in following along with the book, whilst waiting on that endearing turn-the-page “chime” we 40-somethings can recall hearing in books on...records?...8-tracks? It is sure to make parents wax nostalgic!
Your older kids will be able to handle the reading themselves, although everyone would probably enjoy listening to Uncle Charlie while riding in the car. These stories are not subtle in their presentation of gospel concepts. Ideas such as being too muddy to come in the house, are obviously paralleled to the state of sin keeping us out of heaven, for example. At the back of each book there is also an explanation of How to Become a Christian. This could prove to be eternally valuable for unsaved care-givers that may read the story to the children. It could also be a tool for your child to witness and lead others to Christ!
The old fashioned charm of these books is matched by an affordable price. Each book with CD is just $10, and now through April 15th, 2010, you can get free standard shipping when you buy the set! (Use code: FREESHIPAPR15) Personally, I think all four books should stay together, helping kids to comprehend the long term seasons of the Christian journey. Click here to order yours today!