The Psalms can be a tough book for the kiddos, One hundred and fifty poems of varying length that aren’t always clear (and sometimes when they are clear we can be hesitant to read them to the youngun’s). And while we should still do the work of reading the Psalms to our children in full (along with the rest of Scripture), William Osborne and Brad Woodard have helpfully broken down some of the key promises in the Psalms for children in their new book God, You Are: 20 Promises from the Psalms for Kids.
The style of this book reminds me a lot of the little Our Daily Bread booklets the church I grew up in set out every quarter. A verse followed by a short narrative followed by a theological truth and a short prayer. Of course the art in this is, well, there’s art in this and I don’t remember any of that in Our Daily Bread. But maybe it was there? It’s been a while, after all.
The art is good, though as I’ve said repeatedly on this blog I’m no art expert so I’ll not say anything beyond that. The theology is sound and the readings are just the right length for the smaller crowd. They’re also written at just the right level, while still being serious. For example, reflecting on Psalm 25:5 and God as our salvation, we read “God sent his Son Jesus to take the punishment for our sin so that we can be with him forever. God is the great rescuer!” (12)
Again, solid stuff and one that will fit in well on your children’s books shelf.