Today s Book is from Christian Focus for Kids, who provided a copy for the sake of the review.The current trend in Christian publishing is finding Jesus in every portion of Scripture Some books handle this almost like Where s Waldo, as if there s hidden meaning that we have to discover to point to Christ Others ditch the actual context to make a story that s about someone else really about Jesus.Fortunately, I find Deepak Reju s Great Kings of the Bible to navigate those rocks fairly well He faithfully retells important moments from the lives of Saul, David, and Solomon He lets these stories speak for themselves, then goes on to point out how Jesus is greater.For example, in dealing with David s sin with Bathsheba, Reju explains how God s promise was that a King would come who would never sin This is a good example of pointing to Jesus as supreme over David, without making David a fable to fall forward from.A word is also due about the illustrations here All three kids 12, 10, 7 liked the illustrations because they were reminiscent of the illustrations in some of our older Bible story books The style is old school like this you can tell from the cover picture That s not bad, but it s not the high color glossy that many children s story books are these days So it stands out Also, Saul, David, and Solomon are not near as white in the book as they are on the cover.Overall, the message repeated throughout Reju s work is that even great kings are just like us sinners in need of the greatest King, Jesus It s a good message Put a copy of this one in your children s reach, both at home and at church. The Three Greatest Kings Of Israel Were Saul, David, And Solomon However, Many Years Later A Different King Would Come This King Was Born In A Stable, Not A Palace He Served The Sick, The Poor And The Needy And Was Without Any Sin This King Is Jesus, God S Son He Is A Very Different King His Greatest Victory Was His Death On The Cross And Because Of That God Made Him, The Greatest Of All Kings The King Of Kings Great Kings of the Bible How Jesus is greater than Saul, David and SolomonBy Deepak RejuA kids book that will help your child see the how Jesus is the great king than all those amazing kings throughout the Bible.Now when you see this book for the first time the cover looks like an older book The artwork is actual artwork not like the poppy cartoon artwork found in so many books This reminds me of the collection of books on heroes of the Bible from when I was a kid The pictures are works of art that show the story in ways that will keep the attention of any child I especially like as does my six year old son the picture of David and Goliath But what is better than the pictures is the story Each of the three kings get several pages about their life and importantly their failures as king The author Deepak Reju then talks about how Israel needed a better king, and that king would be Jesus Now the really astute child will notice that even though each king fails the people ask for another The child can t help but notice that these great men were abject failures Thus pointing to the need for the One True King Awesome I really enjoyed this book as did my children The writing is approachable and easily understood for ages five and up The only drawback I see to this book is some of the difficult aspects of these kings lives which I will teach to my children, but not when they are six and three You know the parts I mean David s adultery, Solomon s many wives, etc So be ready to if your child is not old enough to have some of those discussions skip parts and maybe summarize on those pages But even with that there is nothing I see to keep parents from buying and reading this book to their children.Four and a half stars Although the illustrations look like they re from the 70s, this is a great little book for older children 6 11 The author looks at the highs and lows of Saul, David, and Solomon, and then he points them to Jesus, the greatest King who never failed This is Christ centered biblical theology for little ones. Some of the most riveting and engaging historical narratives in the Old Testament are the accounts of the lives of king Saul, David and Solomon Their lives are a mix of heroism, tragedy, accomplishments and great loss Israel wanted a king to rule them like the other nations and they got what they asked for and.In a colorful, biblically faithful and Christ centered book, Deepak Raju traces the lives of the three kings of Israel in Great Kings of the Bible How Jesus is greater than Saul, David and Solomon Raju is the pastor of counseling and families at Capitol Hill Baptist Church where Mark Dever is senior pastor He received his theological training at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and serves on the board of directors for the Biblical Counseling Coalition.Written for children between 5 11, Raju captures the central story line of each king with accompanying full page color pictures that grasp the focus of each event in the kings life Raju does not sugar coat the lives of the kings but shows them in all of their glory and disgrace This is all done to highlight the central character in the book Jesus Christ the true and better king Throughout the book Raju shows time and time again how, despite the failures of the kings of Israel, there is a king coming who is better in every way This king is Jesus Though Saul disobeyed the Lord and rejected Samuel, Jesus perfectly obeyed His Father Though David lied, stole, murdered and committed adultery, Jesus did not murder but used His power to protect the weak and raise the dead to life Though Solomon acted like a fool, despite his great wisdom, and gave his heart away to idols and false gods, Jesus was perfectly wise in all He did Though all of the kings of Israel died in sin, Jesus died for their sins and rose again that they might have life apart from the punishment for their sins.Great Kings of the Bible is a great book to read again and again Your kids will want to read it for nights on end This is a great reading tool to teach young children the lives of the kings of Israel and how Jesus is a better king.I received this book for free from Christian Focus for Kids for this review I was not required to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Great Kings of the Bible How Jesus is greater than Saul, David, and SolomonElementary Price 9.99Christian Focus Publications www.christianfocus.comGreat Kings of the Bible How Jesus is greater than Saul, David, and Solomon is a hardcover book that will teach children about the similarities and differences of Jesus, versus well known biblical kings of Saul, David, and Solomon The three greatest kings of Israel were Saul, David, and Solomon Saul was the first king of Israel David led Israel s army to great victories, and Solomon built a temple for God However, many years later a different king would come This king was born in a stable, not a palace He served thee sick, the poor, and the needy and was without any sin This king is Jesus, God s Son He is different His greatest victory was his death on the cross and resurrection and because of that God made him, the greatest of all kings, the King of Kings.In Great Kings of the Bible How Jesus is greater than Saul, David and Solomon Pastor Reju compares each of these three kings, individually, with Jesus Saul was a tall man, somewhat a coward who tried to hide when Samuel called the new king He died because he killed himself after a defeat, and his body was hung on the wall by his enemies Jesus body was hung on the cross by his enemies Great Kings of the Bible How Jesus is greater than Saul, David and Solomon is simply written, skipping most of the details one would read in the Bible or hear in Sunday school with of a summary Saul was jealous of David and pursued him for many years is said, instead of going into detail about the different events David is shown as a mighty warrior, with a wild side, dancing on the streets in abandon, yet beating all the enemies much as Jesus conquers sin And Solomon was the wisest king and it compares his wisdom with Jesus Great Kings of the Bible How Jesus is greater than Saul, David and Solomon is a great tool for teaching children the basic information about Saul, David, and Solomon and comparing them to the King of Kings, the Lord Jesus Christ Excellent for Christian schools, Sunday schools and children s church, and homeschool parents Laura V Hilton
Deepak Reju, MDiv, PhD, serves as the Pastor of Biblical Counseling and Family Ministry at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, and is a contributing author in Christ Centered Biblical Counseling and the forthcoming Scripture and Counseling Deepak and his wife, Sarah, have been married over ten years and have five children.
- 48 pages
- Great Kings of the Bible
- Deepak Reju
- 15 March 2019 Deepak Reju