Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing by Sally Lloyd-Jones

I bought Thoughts To Make Your Heart Sing last Christmas as it seemed like a book that would be inspirational for the whole family (adults plus two kids age 8 and 6).

Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing 600From Jago and Sally Lloyd-Jones, the creators of the bestselling Jesus Storybook Bible, comes this gorgeous and innovative collection of 101 simple-yet- profound thoughts on faith. Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing shares profound spiritual truths from the Bible told in a conversational tone—drawing insights from creation, history, science, the writings of great thinkers and preachers and writers, and more—to turn the reader’s eyes toward the God who loves them with a Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love. Perfect for family devotions, bedtime, story time, or even as a companion to The Jesus Storybook Bible, this accessible yet theologically rich book reveals biblical truth in word and image-all working together and designed to do one thing: to make the reader’s heart sing.

We have been reading this just about every night this year; one page/entry a night before bed. And we finished not too long ago.

The kids loved it and frequently requested it if we forgot. In fact they want to start over and read it again. And while I could quibble with some theology or exegesis here and there, that is kinda silly in a book like this. It really isn’t that sort of book.  Rather it is a book that introduces children to the character and nature of God in an inspirational and devotional way using images, phrases and a poetic sense. And it really does capture the grace, love and mercy that flows through scripture; in the promises, stories, and faithfulness of God.  Add in wonderful illustrations and you have a keeper.  A great way to send the kids, and their parents, off to bed with thoughts of God’s love for his people in your heart and head. So if you haven’t yet, I recommend checking out this great little volume. A perfect gift for the upcoming holidays and a great tradition to start in 2014.

Kevin Holtsberry
I work in communications and public affairs. I try to squeeze in as much reading as I can while still spending time with my wife and two kids (and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Michigan Wolverines during football season).

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