But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
All of Scripture is valuable for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness. Like Timothy, we want our own children to learn God’s Word from childhood.
Bible picture books can be especially helpful in our pursuit to teach the whole Bible to our kids. In Bible Road Trip™, your three-year family journey through the Bible, you’ll use the Bible to teach the Bible. In Help Your Kids Learn and Love the Bible (Bethany House, 2021), you’ll explore how to use the Bible to teach Scripture to your family.
While we want to teach the Bible to our kids straight from the Bible, Bible picture books are a wonderful way to help our children deepen their understanding of individual books and stories in Scripture. Children are concrete thinkers, and the visual aspect and simple language of Bible picture books can be really helpful and memorable for them!
Often, Bible picture books and Bible story books neglect the books of the prophets altogether. The only minor prophet most children (and most adults, for that matter) have heard of is Jonah. That’s unfortunate! We know all of God’s Word is valuable. Our kids deserve to learn about all of it.
Minor Prophets of the Bible
Christian Focus Publications has a great series of picture books on the minor prophets available. The first eight books come in two sturdy box sets of four books each (or you can purchase them individually). The series is a great way to teach children about main themes of the minor prophets in a way they’ll enjoy and remember.
The series, God’s Daring Dozen, is authored by:
- Brian J. Wright holds a Ph.D. He is an associate pastor at Denia Community Church in Denton, Texas. Dr. Wright is the author of a number of adult theological books.
- John Brown (Th.M.) who is the founding pastor of Denia Community Church in Denton, Texas. Pastor Brown has also trained missionaries and international pastors.
Lisa Flanagan illustrates the series with lovely illustrations. I have to say, I love the fact that the illustrations represent a number of ethnicities. The prophets for Israel and Judah were from the Middle East, and the area was a melting pot for people from several continents. I love that the illustrations represent God’s amazingly diverse creation of his people.
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Picture Books on the Minor Prophets
Each of the books about the minor prophets in the God’s Daring Dozen series is written in easy-to-read prose. Each book focuses on the primary message and storyline of each book and ends with an encouraging message related to the gospel.
- God’s Daring Dozen Box Set #1 (Christian Focus Publications, 2021) – The first box set of God’s Daring Dozen contains:
- Zephaniah’s Hero (Christian Focus Publications, 2021) – Zephaniah calls God’s people to repentance and encourages them to live in righteousness.
- Habakkuk’s Song (Christian Focus Publications, 2021) – God’s people must trust him, even when his actions are confusing. We can have faith in Jesus!
- Obadiah and the Edomites (Christian Focus Publications, 2021) – God’s people must display humility. We can place our hope in God.
- Haggai’s Feast (Christian Focus Publications, 2021) – God’s people must obey him! We can display courage when we follow the Lord.
- God’s Daring Dozen Box Set #2 (Christian Focus Publications, 2023) – The first box set of God’s Daring Dozen contains:
- Malachi’s Final Message (Christian Focus Publications, 2023) – Malachi teaches respect for and hope in God.
- Joel and the Locusts (Christian Focus Publications, 2023) – Joel teaches repentance and promises renewal.
- Jonah’s Journeys (Christian Focus Publications, 2023) – Jonah teaches compassion and encourages obedience.
- Nahum and the Ninevites (Christian Focus Publications, 2023) – Nahum teaches the power and deliverance of God.
The God’s Daring Dozen series is a wonderful way for kids to learn about the minor prophets of the Bible in a way that helps them understand the primary message of each book and the gospel message!
**There are an additional four planned books in the God’s Daring Dozen minor prophets series.**
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Michelle H. says
I am excited that the kids in my family would have a resource, tailored for them, that would teach them about a subject that they may not even be aware of.
Teresa W says
This minor prophets series is a brilliant idea! Not only do I neglect to teach my kids about them, I myself often forget to read them. This book series would help us to remember to include those books of the Bible in our bible study, and to help us teach them to our kids. The illustrations look great, by the way!
I love this is geared to teach kids. Teaching the Bible when they are young especially is so vital. I know my kids would love it.
Wow! I never would have thought there would be a children’s series on the minor prophets. It’s exciting that there is now a resource to help teach kids that every book in the Bible is important!
This looks like a great resource!!
Dorothy K says
Such a unique resource!
Thank you for all you do to give us great resources to help our children love the Bible!!
This would be a great addition to our family library.
These look amazing!
This is a great way to introduce young ones to the minor prophets!
Tamara Lowrey says
I love that these point us back to Jesus and that my kids can learn the minor prophets while they’re still little.
Kris Hage says
I have been wanting to study the minor prophets myself! Thanks, Danika, for promoting such helpful and biblical books to help us and our children!!
Zorah F says
I love this resource! What a wonderful, fun and engaging way to teach kids about the minor prophets.