Growing the faith of a child in your care is such a privilege. I truly hope you are considering the eternity of the kids around you, and spending time nurturing and growing that faith!
Roman’s 10:13-15, 17
… “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in?
And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?
And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?
And how can anyone preach unless they are sent?
As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.
One way we can follow these scriptures’ instructions is through story time. In case you haven’t already figured this out, stories are my favorite way to learn. I’ve put together a list of amazing books and resources to help you with growing the faith of a child. Along the lines of last week’s post
, many of these could serve as devotionals for kids.
? Please note that this post contains affiliate links for your convenience. I may make a small commission if you purchase something through one of the links. I also received a few of these books for free from NetGalley. While I am grateful for that, it doesn’t affect my reviews. All thoughts are my own. You can read my full disclosure here.
The Foundation of the Faith of a Child
First of all, here are a few books that I found that cover some basics of the Christian Faith for children. Most of them were gifts from grandparents, which is an awesome legacy of faith! ? The Marvelous Mustard Seed
and Love Does
were free through NetGalley
, and I chose to add them to the list because I enjoyed them and thought they fit the criteria of growing the faith of a child quite nicely.
My ABC of God Loves Me
is a basic alphabet of the different ways God loves us. Each letter is a different characteristic of God (infinite, rock, victorious…) and the rhythm of the story is very nice. Perfect for reading with babies or toddlers in length, and preschoolers will start asking questions, which is a great part of growing a child’s faith, when they get involved! Probably not a good “first” reader, but I would think that it would be good soon after that. The illustrations are sort of cross-stitch in look, which is cool!
Pups of the Spirit
is a must if you love Dogs! This is a look at the fruit of the Spirit as illustrated by the different characteristics of the different dog breeds. These puppies are very cute, and they are very good at showing love and joy, and kindness, and…
Big Thoughts for Little People is another alphabet book, but a little bit more in-depth than the one up there ??There are a short rhyme and a beautiful picture, and questions to start a conversation. We usually read about 3-4 pages in a sitting. Any more than that at 4-5 is too much to absorb. It’s all very simply explained, perfect for kids. I get reminded of things and relearn lessons myself when we read this book!
Faith is Heart Work
?The Marvelous Mustard Seed
is a new book that I received from NetGalley. Follow a mustard seed (obviously ?) on its journey from nearly invisible to massive, then the relationship between the Kingdom of God and a Mustard seed is shared very nicely. The idea of patience rewarded and slow but significant growth are key. I liked the illustrations, and the tips for parents and teachers in the back.
The Prayer of Jabez for Young Hearts
is another rhyming story that teaches faith. If you are not familiar with the verses in 1st Chronicles 4, or Bruce Wilkinson’s Prayer of Jabez study, I would suggest that you look them up now. While I do not particularly care for the illustrations in this book, the rhyme and message more than make up for what the pictures lack.
? Love Does for Kids
has 46 chapters of love in action. Each story, from Bob’s childhood, wedding, parenting etc. Is an example of love. Whether it is patience or kindness or “I’ve got your back” moments this book had me laughing, crying and thinking. I think my favorite was the extravagant gift that Richard chose to give to the kindergarten class at his school. His focus wasn’t on his limitations (knowledge, finances, time…) but on what would be the most awesome way to show them how important and special that they are. I would suggest a chapter per week as a family is a great way to grow the faith of a child, and a whole family. Again the illustrations are beautiful.
Growing the Faith of a Child with Prayer
Prayer can be such a wonderful thing, and yet, it’s often an intimidating subject. Prayer is critical for growing anyone’s faith, and kids can learn much earlier than we think. Consider this post here
. It’s a necessary part of growing the faith of a child or adult.
?Praying the Prayers of the Bible for kids
is a fantastic collection of scriptural prayers that flow well and apply to the everyday life of most people, especially for kids. With categories like Praise and Gratitude, Friendship and Daily Needs… I thoroughly enjoyed reading this, and I believe it teaches prayer as a natural outpouring through your day. a practical and wonderful method of growing a child’s faith.
I received a very advanced digital copy from NetGalley, which did not include illustrations, though the descriptions of them sounded very good.
has a collection of prayer books, covering seasons and holidays, and family life. They are rhyming and beautifully illustrated. I have them just about memorized after only a few readings. These books mostly center on gratitude which is a critical part of growing the faith of a child!
- A Pumpkin Prayer is a beautiful fall prayer, thankful for all that makes fall unique and fun.
- An I Love You Prayer is Valentine-like, focused on friendship and spring.
- Thank You God, For Mommy is fun! A mother and baby panda go through their day, and the little one is listing all of the things that show how much his mother loves him and how grateful he is (gender not specifically stated, I say him because I have sons)
- I don’t have them yet, but there is also Thank You God for Daddy, for Grandma, and Grandpa, How Far is Faith and a few others that are now on my wishlist!
Imagination: Key to Growing the Faith of a Child
?I Can Only Imagine
is another one that I recently received from NetGalley (my new favorite book source!!). This book is beautiful! There are parts that are direct quotes from the song by the same name, and the rest is along the lines of will there be pancakes for breakfast when I’m hungry, and what will we play. Would Jesus play and ride bikes? This book is so much fun and gets everyone thinking about how it will be in heaven. It definitely takes a child’s faith to imagine and believe!
God Gave Us
is a fantastic series of books that will help you explain and grow together. A family of polar bears are featured in this series. A little cub asks questions about Christmas
, and the differences in people
(well, bears and other animals) and heaven
, younger siblings
, gratitude even when something fun is over!!
…just to name a few). All told, Lisa does an amazing job providing accurate and helpful answers to kids questions. And I think these books are designed to help you in growing kids faith! (you can read about some of Lisa’s other books for teens and young adults here
Some other great books that are filled with imagination and are excellent for growing everyone’s faith can be found here
Kids Faith: Great as a Tiger
Sometimes animals can make faith more relatable. In these comical yet serious adventures, you will meet average animals who have opportunities to fail and succeed, stand firm and be talked into things. The faith of a child (parents, too!) will be educated and strengthened with these series of books and shows.
In search of the Great White Tiger
by Sheila Walsh is book one of an epic adventure! You have a carousel of average animals, harassed by ‘Reptillion’ (devil) who plants traps and tricks, encouraged and helped along by some interesting characters (angels) and sent messages from the Great White Tiger (God). The allegories in this adventure are suitable for ages 4 +.
Owlegories is a new series of books. These young owls are attending TheOWLogy school, and learning all kinds of things that build their understanding of God and Faith in Him. And they’re hysterical! My husband will even sit and watch them. You can read more about the DVD and Videos here
If you like Max Lucado’s work, you should check out this post
about 5 lessons I’ve learned while reading with my boys. Mostly the specific lessons I learned (or refreshed) were from Hermie the Caterpillar. Getting the most out of storytime by learning along with the kids is awesome!
Other Opportunities to Grow Kids Faith
If you are looking for a new Storybook Bible, that deals rightly with scripture and is still fun and engaging, I have a list of wonderful options
for growing faith and growing children.
And as I was browsing Pinterest this week I found this pin, which I think is an awesome concept: growing kids faith with chores
. Yes, it can work that way!
So go ahead and get growing, have fun and read books! ???