A Book Review from Books At a Glance
by Kristin Stiles
What if there were one key concept that you could plant into your children’s minds that would help them to better handle every situation that they encounter? Rachel Menke has identified such a concept, and she has written a wonderful book for the primary purpose of helping your children to internalize a message that will serve to strengthen and encourage them for the rest of their lives: Jesus is bigger and Jesus is better than anyone, anything, anywhere. . . ever!
This simple, but profound statement is repeated on every page and applied to the full spectrum of experiences that a child encounters. Menke uses rhyme and rhythm to present the following scenarios: being scared at night, having just a generally bad day, having a great day, worrying about the future, hearing scary news on TV, coveting items in the store, grieving the loss of a loved one, being proud about a win, being pressured by peers, not getting your own way, feeling ashamed or guilty, and wanting to lash out at a sibling. Through every good or bad experience, the concept of Jesus being bigger and better is applicable. How beneficial would it be to have this idea stamped on your children’s minds as they navigate the ups and downs of life?
I love this book and the purpose that it serves. Menke does a masterful job with her wording, and she creates lovely lines to read aloud. It won’t take your children long to memorize these stanzas with repeated exposure. And even more so, your little ones will soon be adding that refrain with you: Jesus is bigger and Jesus is better than anyone, anything, anywhere. . .ever!
Kristin Stiles is a home-school mom, a Sunday School teacher, and helps lead the “Young, Reading, & Reformed” children’s ministry at Reformed Baptist Church of Franconia, PA.
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BIGGER AND BETTER, by Rachel Menke