Young readers will love the fun world of Cassie and Caleb, two energetic and inquisitive children discovering the beauty of God's wonderful design. Through twenty beautifully illustrated short stories, followed by an interactive time between parent and child, your children w... Read More
- The creational principle that "God created man in his own image... male and female he created them" - Genesis 1:27
- That Jesus is in all of Scripture. The Bible is not a collection of disconnected stories - it is the one big story of the True God redeeming His people.
- God's Word is our authority and His Glory is our purpose.
- That when we belong to Jesus we belong to His covenant family, the Church.
- A biblical framework for living and thinking.
In Cassie & Caleb Discover God's Wonderful Design, part of the Plants & Pillars series, authors Susan and Richie Hunt do not underestimate the power of the Holy Spirit in the heart and mind of a child. The book uses the rich language of faith, and then builds meaning around the words and concepts as the stories proceed, providing children with the words of life.
Ages: 5 - 8
Page Count: 96
- Product type: Book
- Format: Hardcover
- Release Date: May 1, 2013
- UPC: 9780802406699
- Height: 0
- Width: 0
- Length: 0
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 91
- Publish Date: May 1, 2013
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 8
- Audience Age Minimum: 5
- BISAC: "JUV033080"
- ISBN: 0802406696
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- Christian Shelf-Esteem's review of Cassie & Caleb Discover God's Wonderful Design by Amanda on 5/10/2015
Over the past month I have been walking through Susan and Richie Hunt’s devotional with our children. The book is based on the creational principle that “God created man in his own image…male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27). Each day begins with one bible verse that is the springboard for that day. The devotional chronicles Cassie, Caleb, and their parents as they do life together. The book uses conversational dialog and family interactions between the fictional characters to drive home biblical principles. This approach makes it easy to draw life application from the stories.
Topics include: why God created us differently, that men and women are different but equal in His sight, how we are individually gifted, how to glorify God by our actions, what Christ did for us, how the Holy Spirit works through us, and more.
The “Let’s Talk” section of the devotional provides discussion questions based on what you’ve just read. These questions are not difficult but they do require more than a one word answer, which I can appreciate. Additional scripture verses are given and may be used to emphasize the days lessons. The day concludes with a helpful prayer prompt for the adult reader. These prompts asks the adult reader to:
“Guide your children to pray…” (a scripture, give thanks for a specific blessing, pray for a specific group)
“Encourage your children to…” (ask for guidance)
“Help your children to…” (use a particular scripture in their prayers)
I have not only read this devotional myself, but I have field tested it with our 6 and 8 year old children. The age range suggested by the publisher was 5-8 years old. Our 6 year old daughter took much greater interest in it than our 8 (almost 9) year old son. However, both children enjoyed the story format and taking turns answering the questions. Our family is composed in the same way as the fictional family with a father, mother, older brother, and younger sister which made it easy for our children to relate to the characters.
Cassie & Caleb Discover God’s Wonderful Design would be a solid choice for parents seeking to start the habit of family devotions. It would also work nicely for pre-K to 1st grade homeschool parents that desire to share the creation message, or grandparents who want a devotional they can use over the course of several visits. The lessons do not require any pre-planning or preparation on the part of the adult. Each lesson is related to the previous lesson but not reliant upon it. It is easy to pick up where you left off without revisiting the previous lesson.
I received a copy of Cassie & Caleb Discover God’s Wonderful Design direct from Moody Publishers for my honest and unbiased opinion.
- Equipping Parents to Disciple Their Children by Laura Langley on 6/12/2014
In their new book Cassie & Caleb Discover God’s Wonderful Design, authors Susan Hunt and Richie Hunt provide parents with a helpful tool for discipling their children. Part of the “Plants and Pillars Series” which teaches fundamental biblical truths, the book helps parents connect with their children on a heart level while equipping parents to teach their children weighty theological truths.
Cassie & Caleb Discover God’s Wonderful Design peeks into the lives of a brother and sister, their parents, friends, and church family. By experiencing everyday events with Cassie and Caleb, readers discover how faith affects all parts of their lives.
There are so many things to like about this book. First of all, the book’s delightful illustrations and likable characters draw readers in from the get go. Secondly, the book is interactive in that parents can read some parts while children can join in and read other parts. Discussion questions and Bible references get families interacting with God’s Word and each other. Additionally, the book guides parents and kids in turning God’s Word into prayers. Besides those things, the book is biblically sound and helps parents and children grasp some foundational and countercultural truths. Overall, this book is a real winner when it comes to discipling children and equipping parents to be Deuteronomy 6 parents.
The authors are from a Presbyterian background and write with some basic presuppositions in mind:
1. God created male and female equal, yet different, and His design was very good.
2. The Bible is one Big Story, the story of Jesus.
3. The Bible is the ultimate authority.
4. Children need to love the church and know that belonging to Jesus means belonging to God’s covenant family.
5. The Holy Spirit can and does work in children’s lives.
Readers need to be aware that Hunt and Hunt incorporate questions from the First Catechism into the material at the end of some chapters. While some church traditions may not practice catechism (a question and answer method of teaching), the book is still an invaluable tool for teaching the fundamentals of the Christian faith. Perhaps this book and others in the series may even draw many back to catechism so followers of Jesus know what they believe and why. The first catechism is available through Great Commission Publications at www.gcp.org while a Baptist version is available at http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/a-baptist-catechism.
Cassie & Caleb Discover God’s Wonderful Design, published by Moody Publishers, is perfect for families with children ages 5 to 8. Younger children and preteens will benefit but may not appreciate it as much. Still, this book provides great fodder for family devotions, bedtime routines or family dinners (or breakfasts). This is one book I’ll be adding to my own family’s bedtime routines, and I look forward to more books in the series. It’s also a book I’ll be recommending to parents of young children and may even begin buying as birthday gifts for young children.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
SUSAN HUNT is the wife of retired PCA pastor Gene Hunt, mother of 3, and grandmother of 12. Susan is the former Director of Women's Ministry for the Presbyterian Church in America and is author of several books for women and children. She teaches a weekly Bible study for women in her church and has spoken for women's conferences throughout the country and in several other countries.
RICHIE HUNT is the Director of Children and Youth Ministries at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Georgia. He co-authored Big Truths for Little Kids, My ABC BIble Verses, and My ABC Bible Verses from Psalms. Richie is married and the father of three children.
* Note: I received a copy of this book from Moody Publishers for this honest review. However, the opinions expressed are my own.