An Excellent Children's Book Giving Biblical Counsel and Help for When We Fail
This new series consists of 3 books, two written by David Powlison and one by Ed Welch. The series is intended for children three to eight years old. Each book centers on an animal family and brings Gospel help and biblical counsel to children and families. Whether the topic is failure, anger, or anxiety, or the animal is a rabbit, a squirrel, or a mouse, each of these books does an incredible job at combining biblical help and hope to issues that every child and family faces with excellent, brightly colored and fun illustrations and engaging prose and story telling. In each story, children are not offered mere moralism and rules to obey, but are offered practical ways to follow Jesus through difficult situations that they face.
In this story, we are introduced to a rabbit named Buster who is beaming with excitement for this year’s summer camp where he will have the opportunity to enter the annual race and show everyone how fast he is. “Practice makes perfect,” he constantly reminds himself. He has practiced and trained for the whole last year, and he is sure that he is the fastest one this year and that he and his team will win the race. But when the race day came, something unexpected happens — as he’s racing, he looks back to see how far ahead he is, his ears cover his eyes, and cause him to trip, stumble, and fall, thus losing the race. Buster is embarrassed by what happened and doesn’t know how he will face his friends and other onlookers after losing when he was so sure he’d win.
But Buster’s sister, Ivy, comes along with the help of their father and reminds Buster that no matter how many times we fail, God’s love never fails, teaches him the dangers of pride and blessings of humility, and shows him that Jesus chose to love us and extend his grace and mercy to us before we had ever done anything good. Quoting Romans 5:8, Ivy reminds Buster, “Before you did anything right, God loved you. He doesn’t love you because you win a race. He loves you because you belong to him.” After being comforted by his sister and the truths of “The Great Book,” Buster comes to the conclusion, “I guess that practice won’t ever make me perfect. Only Jesus is always perfect.”
Every child, no matter how young or old, has or will deal with the frustration and embarrassment of failure. Through this story of Buster’s ears tripping him up, parents are able to help their children deal with the topic of failure and apply Biblical truth and principles to help comfort them, break down pride, and build humility and trust in Jesus even in the midst of failure.
In each of these stories, parents are given the opportunity to have meaningful, important Gospel conversations about important issues in their children’s lives through the help of a fun and engaging story about animals. At the end of the each story is a guide for parents to help your child with the topic at hand. While the story is the engaging part for the child, this guide at the end of each book may be the most helpful part about these resources, as they offer short, helpful recommendations and encouragement to assist parents in engaging in biblical counseling with their children.
I would wholeheartedly recommend every Christian parent get a copy of each of these three books. There is not a parent out there whose children has not or is not struggling with anger, fear, or failure. These book will be a great help to all parents seeking to help their children deal with these common issues in a Biblical, Christ-centered, Gospel-focused way.
In accordance with FTC regulations, I would like to thank New Growth Press for providing me a review copy of these books in exchange for a fair and honest review.