God Counts: Numbers in His Word and His World

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In this engaging, illustrated children’s book by Irene Sun, young readers learn how numbers declare the glory of God, discovering Bible stories and the truth, beauty, and goodness of our sovereign God through numbers and patterns. With countable illustrations and an easy-to-learn structure, children who are always seeking, finding, tracing, and counting numbers will be captivated by God Counts.

Through simple language kids will understand, God Counts shares theological truths and helps children become familiar with Scripture, exploring the patterns of creation, numbers in the plan of redemption, and the intimacy of a personal relationship with God. This children’s book explores how God counts every fish in the sea, every star in the sky, every hair on their heads, and every tear in their eyes.

By discovering numbers in God’s world and in his Word, parents help their children foster a deeper love and knowledge of who God is and how he counts them as his. Families will be enriched as they learn together how numbers magnify God—just as a telescope magnifies the stars—and each numbered lesson points to a larger redemptive story of Scripture. On each page, the illustrations engage readers, displaying not only a picture but a mosaic of patterns. 

This playful children’s book serves as a beginner’s theology book for young readers who love numbers and patterns, introducing the Trinity, the God of order, the holiness of God, the problem of sin, the rescue and love of Jesus, and much more. Children who love to count will be filled with wonder, leading them to understand deeper truths about God, themselves, and the world around them.


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.


Alex Foster is an illustrator based in sunny Margate, UK. He specializes in map illustration and works across a variety of projects from children's work to editorial and print.


“Every child who loves to count will be delighted to open God Counts and realize that God loves numbers too. Irene Sun helps children explore the deep truths of Scripture by observing the way numbers are used all throughout the Bible. Beautifully illustrated and ingeniously written, this book is a wonderful way for children to learn about God as they learn to count.”
Melissa Kruger, Author of In All Things: A Nine Week Devotional Bible Study on Unshakeable Joy

“I’ve learned much from the writing of Irene Sun over the years, and I’m delighted that my young children will likewise learn about God from her in this wonderful, creative little book of numbers exploring the plan of redemption.”
Collin Hansen, Editorial Director of The Gospel Coalition; author of Young, Restless, Reformed: A Journalist's Journey with the New Calvinists

“Irene Sun has laid out a lively number path that winds through the stories of Scripture. Through the numbers come glimpses of truth. The Bible references included will help adults explain the concepts more fully to little ones listening. This book is a great starting point not just for teaching numbers but for thinking about the Lord God who counts the hairs on our heads and the stars in the sky.”
Kathleen Nielson, Author of Women and God

“Irene has written a book that not only speaks to the beauty of God’s creation, but his order as well. If God reigns over all things, then surely numbers matter to him too! This book will capture your child’s imagination, expand their view of God, and bring Scripture into every conversation—even the ones that are about numbers. I can’t wait to read this to my sons over and over again!”
Courtney Reissig, Author of Glory in the Ordinary; mother of four 

“I imagine many, many meaningful conversations about God will result from reading God Counts and exploring its imaginative artwork.”
Nancy Guthrie, Author of What Every Child Should Know about Prayer

“This book creatively teaches children about God and his Word. If you have a child who is fascinated by numbers, this is a great resource to talk with them about God.”
Andy and Jenni Naselli, Parents of four daughters; Andy is associate professor of New Testament and theology at Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minneapolis and elder of Bethlehem Baptist Church

God Counts is a delightful book for both children and parents alike. Irene Sun makes biblical truths memorably compelling.” 
Christine Hoover, Author of Messy Beautiful Friendship and Searching for Spring; mom of three

God Counts is a delightful children’s book that every Christian parent and grandparent should have. This little masterpiece by Irene Sun explores the place of simple numbers in God’s Word and in his world. Clearly and meaningfully written, drawing upon foundational themes and motifs in Scripture, interestingly illustrated, and biblically referenced throughout, this little book is a wonderful resource for those important first conversations about God and his creative and redemptive work in his world.”
Dennis R. Magary, Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

“An Old Testament scholar and a godly Christian mother, Irene Sun is well suited to write Christian books for kids. God Counts teaches little ones some very big truths in language and pictures that make Scripture come alive for curious minds. My wife and I can’t wait to share it with others.”
Douglas A. Sweeney, Distinguished Professor of Church History and the History of Christian Thought, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

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31 Reviews

  • 4
    Creative Children's Book

    Published by Joey on 01 15 2019

    God Counts: Numbers in His Word and His World by Irene Sun is a new book that looks at different numbers (1-12 and infinity) and how they tie into the story of the Bible. I appreciate that the book begins with God creating and that everything, even numbers, comes from Him. There are many helpful connections that Sun makes throughout the book. The number three focuses on the Trinity.  Five points kids the the fact that Moses wrote the Pentateuch (five books). I felt that nine was very creative as well, drawing the readers attention the the fruit of the Spirit from Galatians 5.  Sun does a nice job of not trying to stretch numbers to mean something they do not. Instead, she points to places of Scripture where these numbers show up, not trying to super spiritualize some meaning into them. I enjoyed reading this book to my sons and they really enjoyed it as well.  The illustrations are by Alex Foster and are very well done. They do a great job of illustrating the point that the author is making on each page. The only complaint I have is the portrayal of Noah's ark. All of the people and many animals are out on an observation deck (of sorts) while the flood is taking place. Scripture speaks of God shutting Noah  in the ark and that he opened a window after the flood waters decreased and "the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat."  While maybe not as visually appealing it would have been nice to see an ark that was to scale (even if no animals and people would have been visible).  Overall, I felt that Irene Sun communicated some good truths in a very readable manner for young children. I received a copy of this book from New Growth Press in exchange for an honest review.

  • 5
    easy to read

    Published by summer on 01 07 2019

    This book was very inspiring and compelling to read with that also had a story that offering to a young reader to learn and study more about God uses numbers from 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and infinity in the Bible with also come with a color full of cartoon in every pages easy to understand, fun and surprising with a small little thing that will give you a knowledge too. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “ I received complimentary a cop of this book from I read with Audra for this review”.

  • 5
    I am adding new books to my child’s library. Here’s one your child will enjoy, as well.

    Published by Tami on 01 04 2019

    While I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, it is one I would’ve gladly purchased. Here’s why: There are individual pages addressing each number 1-12, plus a page on ‘infinity’ and ‘God counting’. I was able to keep my son’s attention while sharing this book with him. The colors are beautifully chosen and the illustrations are perfect for little eyes. Each page has a simple sentence or two relating that number to God’s word, along with a verse or two from the Bible that supports the text. For example, “Four tells us God made everything beautiful.” What does the number 4 have to do with beauty? Genesis 2 speaks of the four rivers God made and Revelation 4 speaks of four creatures standing before God’s throne. Both the rivers and the creatures are beautiful simply because they were made by God. One could easily read this in one sitting or use each number as a start to a Bible lesson for almost any age.

  • 5
    Poetic and Theological

    Published by Amy S. on 12 28 2018

    God Counts Numbers in His Word and His World is a beautifully illustrated storybook and the message within is even more so. I know God likes numbers and I really appreciated how this book takes the numbers from 1-12 and gives us a simple message which includes Bible verses and their references. After the number twelve, the author tackles infinity and delivers a meaningful Gospel message that even the young at heart can comprehend. This was another great children’s book by New Growth Press that delivers a heartfelt and most important story to kids of all ages. Written towards the younger crowd especially, this is a nice neat book to share with preschoolers. I received a copy of this book from the publishers. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

  • 4
    A Book for Children on Counting and their Creator

    Published by Theron St. John on 12 08 2018

    As children grow, they learn the basics of an education. This often begins with parents teaching children their ABC’s and 1-2-3’s. For Christian parents, there should be an even greater priority: to teach their children who God is and what He has done. But what about a resource that points children to God as their Creator while also teaching them how to count? It is that such resource we find in the creative new book by Irene Sun, God Counts: Numbers in His and His World. Numbers in Scripture Along with eye-appealing illustrations by Alex Foster, Irene Sun teaches kids to count from numbers 1 to 12. She does this by taking each number and citing an example where the number is used in Scripture. After counting to 12, Irene takes a page to talk about infinity, teaching children God is infinite and has no end. She closes the book by getting personal and addressing the reader about the God who counts and cares for them. Counting and the Creator When it comes to teaching children who God is and how to number, God Counts: Numbers in His Word and His World by Irene Sun is the book parents can count on. Other than the need to clarify or define a couple of words in numbers 10 and 11, the book’s straightforward approach equips parents to teach their children to learn how to count and to find out more about their Creator in the process. Because of the nature of the book (namely, that it is on counting), parents should realize that an explanation of the gospel is not necessarily laid out. Where the book does touch upon the realities of the gospel, parents should use what the book does share as an opportunity to begin or continue a conversation with their kids about their own sin and need for a Savior. The book is ideal for elementary-age kids, 5–11 years old. If you are a parent or know a child who is learning how to count, then be sure you get them God Counts by Irene Sun, so they can learn about the works of their Creator as well. I received this book from New Growth Press in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own and are my honest review of the book.

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