Children love food, and this beautiful book will help them see God’s goodness and love in the food he provides for his children all through the Bible.
From fruit trees in the garden, manna in the wilderness, and bread and fish by the sea of Galilee, to the final, wonderful banquet spread in heaven, children and parents will learn to “taste and see that the Lord is good.” Parents are equipped by the resource page at the end to go deeper into these truths and will learn biblical theology along the way.
Irene Sun and illustrator Hannah Y. Lu provide a bird’s eye view of the Bible, using the idea of hunger and feasting to tell the story of redemption in a fresh and memorable way for children and their parents. Children ages 4-7 will learn that everything their hearts hunger for can be found in Jesus—the one whose broken body and shed blood is pictured in the bread and wine we eat together to celebrate Christ’s death and resurrection. Each meal we share until Jesus comes is a time to remember God’s goodness and care for all his children. Families will learn how the whole Bible celebrates God’s love for his hungry people.
Taste and See is the first release in the Biblical Theology for Kids series.
Irene Sun, MAR, ThM, is a preacher's wife, mother, daughter to missionaries, and sister to three godly women. Irene was born in Malaysia but has lived all over the world. She studied liturgy and literature at Yale University and the Old Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where the Lord prepared her to be a homeschool teacher to her four boys. She is the author of God Counts: Numbers in His Word and His World.
Hannah Y. Lu is a teacher and illustrator who loves telling and sharing stories. She grew up in Portland, OR, went to school in Los Angeles, and now lives in Pittsburgh, PA. She lives with her husband and cute but obedience-challenged dog.
“This delightful book offers tantalizing visual and theological glimpses of the way God mercifully feeds his people—ultimately in Jesus Christ, the Bread of Life. It will send us back into the Scriptures to fill out the story and to share it with the young ones around us!”
Kathleen Nielson, Author; speaker
“Food is a delight to our senses. We see it. We smell it. We taste it. We enjoy it. It’s a God-given gift that demonstrates his goodness, mercy, and love throughout the pages of Scripture. Irene Sun’s new book, Taste and See: All about God’s Goodness, invites children to understand a biblical theology about food and how it points us to Jesus. Filled with beautiful illustrations, this book will delight the senses as it teaches timeless truths.”
Melissa Kruger, Author; director of Women’s Initiatives, The Gospel Coalition
“I would so enjoy reading this book with my kids. Irene Sun did such a good job guiding young readers through the biblical story! I know my kids would love getting this book in the mail.”
Collin Hansen, Vice President for Content and editor in chief, The Gospel Coalition
“With creativity and wisdom, Irene has written a delightful book for your kiddos to enjoy. You won’t be able to get the lyrics out of your head—and you won’t want to!”
Laura Wifler, Cofounder of Risen Motherhood; author of Any Time Any Place, Any Prayer
“With both theological insight and creativity, Taste and See is sure to stimulate great conversation with your kids about how God’s Word talks about food from Genesis to Revelation.”
Ruth Chou Simons, Mom to six boys; Wall Street Journal bestselling author, founder of gracelaced.com
"With perfect cadence and rhyme, these tasty truths about God's story of redemption are sure to stick with those who read them. Like a delicious meal, this book is memorable and filling. I cannot wait to feast on its contents with my family again and again!"
Hunter Beless, Founder of Journeywomen and author of Read it, See it, Say it, Sing it (B&H Kids)
“Irene Sun invites her readers to taste and see the abundance of the Lord’s love for his children! She shows us the bounty of his care and the beauty of his provision. With captivating illustrations and sing-song rhyme, the truths of God’s good love will be hidden in the hearts of old and young alike.”
Courtney Doctor, Coordinator of Women’s Initiatives, The Gospel Coalition; author of From Garden to Glory and In View of God’s Mercies
“When reading Irene’s first book, God Counts, I thought of my oldest son and how as a young child, he was enthralled with number. Now in Taste and See, I think of my middle son, who remembers special memories by recalling what he ate for the occasion. Though an everyday necessity we rarely consider thoughtfully, food tells the gospel story. Children’s mouths will water as they read Irene’s book, giving parents an opportunity to connect their child’s thirst and hunger to the Bread of Life. What a beautifully written resource!”
Christine Hoover, Author of Seek First the Kingdom
“Taste and See is a theologically rich and inviting look at God’s ongoing care for his people through his provision of food. By reminding readers that God feeds his people as an act of mercy and grace throughout Scripture, Irene invites children and adults alike into deeper wonder and worship of their Provider.”
Amy Gannett, Founder of Tiny Theologians; author of Fix Your Eyes: How Theology Shapes our Worship
“In Taste and See, Irene uses rollicking rhymes to take us on a journey from the forbidden fruit in Eden to the tasty feast awaiting in heaven. The point that rings as the pages turn is that one way God has chosen to unfold the beautiful story of his goodness to his creation is through food.”
Blair Linne, Poet; speaker; author of Finding My Father: How the Gospel Heals the Pain of Fatherlessness
“In a delightful rhyme, Irene Sun leads us from Genesis to Revelation, highlighting God’s merciful provision of food to his children. She helps us realize that our ultimate satisfaction is not found in the sweetness of a cookie, but in the person of Jesus himself. This is bound to be a favorite for both children and parents! “Taste and see the Lord is good. All our needs he understood.”
Stacy Reaoch, Pastor’s wife; mother of four; coauthor of Making Room for Her
“This book will help every child and adult grasp the goodness of God and his gracious provision for us! In moving, beautiful poetry, Irene reminds us of the story of the Bible and God’s consistent nourishing of his people. She leads us to the work of Christ, our longing for the coming wedding feast, and our daily food of the Scriptures themselves. Hannah’s illustrations give delight and teach as good art does. It’s a wonderful combination. This book will help you taste and see; repeated reading will help you savor.”
Taylor Turkington, Director of BibleEquipping; Bible Teacher
“Children need milk (basic nourishment) and honey (sweetness and beauty). Irene Sun’s latest children’s book offers both in heaping spoonfuls. Tracing God’s intent to satisfy and sustain his children from creation through the fall and redemptive history and into glory, Taste and See offers our children biblical theology that delights both their hearts and their eyes. With its contagious rhymes and its captivating illustrations, this book provides a feast for children of all ages (including parents).”
Aimee Joseph, Wife; mother; author of Demystifying Decision-Making
“Irene Sun has been teaching us about God’s love and hospitality for years. She has fed us from her kitchen and, more importantly, from the Bible. We can think of no one better to instruct little ones about God’s saving work and the role that food plays in his invitations to sinners. We recommend this book wholeheartedly.”
Doug and Wilma Sweeney, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University
“Taste and See is a delightful invitation for both young and old to feast on the goodness of God. Journey through the story of salvation as vivid images show how our God spreads for his people a table in the wilderness, in the presence of our enemies, and, ultimately, at the wedding feast of the Lamb.”
Betsy Childs Howard, Editor, The Gospel Coalition; author of Polly and the Screen Time Overload
“Taste and See is a visual and spiritual feast! Parents and children alike will be nourished by the rich reminders of God’s sovereignty, mercy, and provision. As each page tells more of God’s story, the reader is drawn in to worship and wonder at his goodness. The illustrations and rhymes will make this book a nightly favorite with a lifetime impact.”
Jen Oshman, Author of Enough about Me and Cultural Counterfeits
“God understands our needs and invites us to taste and see that he is good—a wonderful truth to teach children and an encouraging reminder for their parents! This book creatively uses our felt need and desire for food to show us that our greatest need and desire is met in Christ.”
Winfree Brisley, Editor for The Gospel Coalition
“Irene has a gift for crafting fresh retellings of the grand story of God, tracing God’s themes through God’s Word. Taste and See truly made me want to taste and see, with eyes of faith, that the Lord Jesus is good! And, by God’s grace, it will do the same for you and your children.”
Kristen Wetherell, Mom of two; foodie; author of Humble Moms
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This book, with brightly colored pictures and words in verse, makes a great find for kids! Accurate theology is explained in a simple but beautiful way for children. Great find, would definitely reccomend this book!
I heard Irene Sun speak at a conference and knew I wanted to get her book!
Wow is all I can say after reading this book! When we first opened it my daughter and I both gasped because of how beautiful the illustrations and visuals were. Then, once you get past that, the continent is absolutely amazing. I love how it shows God’s faithfulness to his people throughout the Old and New Testaments, and using food is a fantastic way to do so. The recipe at the end along with using cooking to share the Gospel is just the cherry on top (pun intended). I love the rhyming stanzas throughout but it doesn’t sound hokey; the words are filled with such truth and I can tell this will be a family favorite for years to come!
The kids I got this for really enjoyed it. Beautiful, thoughtful artwork. I really appreciated the care taken to avoid 2CV.
This was an incredibly captivating, engaging and wonderful Gospel displaying book for children. The illustrations were beautiful. They were detailed and captured attention on every page. Sun essentially goes through all the major stories of the Bible, beginning with the creation of the world and Adam and Eve all the way to Jesus on the cross and the beauty of the Holy Spirit. The Gospel displayed throughout the book is a 5000 foot view rather than a 10 foot view but I appreciate that it was done well and captured the depth of God's goodness. I am very thankful that Sun concluded the book with a parental section titled Teaching Your Child Biblical Theology. She includes a recipe for manna cookies and uses the structure of the recipe to assist and encourage parents with diving deeper into God's goodness when discussing with their children. It's a great method to utilize the concept of the book to extend into further conversations surrounding God's character. I received an e-copy of this book from New Growth Press in exchange for an honest review.
God Rescues: Moses and the Exodus – Jared Kennedy » Taste and See: All About God’s Goodness – Irene Sun Taste and See: All About God’s Goodness highlights God’s provision in the form of food throughout the Bible. The illustrations in this book are absolutely beautiful – colorful and dramatic. Further support for continued to discussion about God’s love is provided in the resource pages at the end of the book. While this complimentary book was provided for review by New Growth Press, no other compensation was given. All remarks are my personal and honest opinions. Taste and See Book Cover Title: Taste and See Author: Irene Sun Release Date: May 30, 2022 Pages: 32 June 27th, 2022 | Category: 5 and Up, Books, Childrens, Christian, Read Aloud | Edit this post Leave a Reply Taste and See: All About God’s Goodness highlights God’s provision in the form of food throughout the Bible. The illustrations in this book are absolutely beautiful – colorful and dramatic. Further support for continued to discussion about God’s love is provided in the resource pages at the end of the book. While this complimentary book was provided for review by New Growth Press, no other compensation was given. All remarks are my personal and honest opinions.