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 new series of picture books on the minor prophets available. The first four books come in a sturdy box set (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 new 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.
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.
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 eight planned books in the God’s Daring Dozen minor prophets series.**
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Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved,
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