{review} Thoughts To Make Your Heart Sing

{I was given a copy of Thoughts To Make Your Heart Sing ~ Deluxe Edition in exchange for an honest review by Zonderkidz. All opinions are my own and a good review was not guaranteed.}

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About the book:

From 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 Deluxe Edition 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. The deluxe edition also includes audio from award-winning actor David Suchet, allowing read-along opportunities or inspiration wherever you go.

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.

About the author & illustrator:

Sally Lloyd-Jones is a leading writer of inspirational books for children. She is the author of three bestselling children’s Bibles, including the Gold Book Award-winning Baby’s First Bible and, most recently, the Moonbeam Award Winner and ALA notable, The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name. She has written many picture books for children, including the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller How to Be a Baby: By Me, the Big Sister. Sally was born and raised in Africa, was schooled in England, and now lives in New York City. She can be found at www.sallylloyd-jones.com.

Jago is an accomplished illustrator with several prestigious awards to his credit, including a Macmillian “Highly Commended” Award for Children’s Illustration in 2003, an AOI Silver Award in 2004, and the National Literacy Association Wow! Award. Jago lives in Cornwall, England, with his wife and daughter.Jago is an accomplished illustrator with several prestigious awards to his credit, including a Macmillian “Highly Commended” Award for Children’s Illustration in 2003, an AOI Silver Award in 2004, and the National Literacy Association Wow! Award. Jago lives in Cornwall, England, with his wife and daughter.

Our thoughts:

I have been living under a rock. While I’d heard of the Jesus Storybook Bible, I’ve read it or seen it. So when I was given the opportunity to check out Sally Lloyd-Jones’ newest book, I jumped at it.

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Thoughts To Make Your Heart Sing ~ Deluxe Edition is amazing. Written as a starter devotional for children, Sally Lloyd-Jones has done a beautiful job sharing the truths of the Bible in a way that expresses God’s never-ending love. With a foreword by Tim Keller and packaged in a sturdy box, the Deluxe Edition would make a wonderful gift for all the young ones in your life.

Thoughts To Make Your Heart Sing ~ Deluxe Edition is filled with gorgeous, creative, colorful illustrations. They are playful and captivating while also clearly conveying the heart of the story being told. There are several images through the book that I’d love to have enlarged and framed on my walls. Just beautiful.

The thoughts on each page though? Moving. Deep. Profound. I read through most of the thoughts already and they speak to my heart, too! Here’s an example of one of the 101 Thoughts:

IMG_1675Yes. Little ones, this is what you need to know before the world tries to tell you everything you are not. You are the one Jesus loves. Don’t ever forget it. And don’t we all need that reminder sometimes? That we aren’t just the sum total of all these things we try to accomplish? We are His, the one He loves. This book is much, much more than just a devotional for young children.

These Thoughts are easy for the youngest of readers & listeners to understand. Listeners, you say? Um yes. This deluxe edition comes with two cd’s.

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Thoughts To Make Your Heart Sing is great for young children that aren’t yet reading. Read by David Suche, the narrations are simple without sound effects or background music. They just focus on the words. And they are beautiful words.

IMG_1672I want this one framed, on my wall. Beautiful!

At the end of the book, there is a detailed bibliography for anyone that wants to do more reading.

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Thoughts To Make Your Heart Sing ~ Deluxe Edition is a must for every home with young children. When we opened it, Addie (age 4) sat down with the book and a cd player. We all continued on with our tasks. About a half hour later, I realized Addie was still sitting in her room listening, looking, loving this new treasure. Since then, she’s asked several times if she can go listen to her storybook. It’s captivating, for all the right reasons.

Thoughts To Make Your Heart Sing ~ Deluxe Edition will be available on October 21, 2014. It’s available for pre-order here. We love it. You will too.


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