For Such a Time as This: Stories of Women from the Bible - Retold for GirlsAngie Smith, Breezy Brookshire
From bestselling author Angie Smith comes her second children’s book, For Such a Time as This, a Bible storybook for girls that features 40 biblical retellings from prominent women in both the Old and New Testament. Illustrated once more by Breezy Brookshire, For Suc... Read More
Captivating stories come to life when each woman from the Bible tells her story. From Eve to Sarah and Hagar to Mary Magdalene and more, these stories capture how God has moved from the beginning of time. With keen attention to detail and historical accuracy, these stories are specifically geared toward girls ages six to ten. At the end of each story, there is a summary with reflections and a highlighted attribute of God.
Page Count: 256
- Product type: Book
- Format: Hardcover
- Release Date: Oct 1, 2014
- UPC: 9781433680465
- Height: 0.85
- Width: 8.5
- Length: 8.5
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 256
- Publish Date: Oct 1, 2014
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 10
- Audience Age Minimum: 6
- Audience Gender: Female
- BISAC: "JNF049040"
- ISBN: 1433680467
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- One of the best devotionals I've seen for girls by Stacey Z on 4/3/2015
I've struggled with devotionals that keep my 9 year old's attention. She will often lose interest after a few weeks, but this is the first book that I haven't had to prod her into reading. I love walking into her room and seeing her curled up in bed reading because she loves the stories. She told me she loves the drawings, but she also likes the stories. She admits that she knows the stories already, but I think it's fun for her to read them in a story format. I took away from that conversation that even the old stories are interesting again. SCORE! :)
We sit and read it together, but often after we finish she still wants to read further. We are almost done with the book and I couldn't be more pleased. This book is worth the purchase price. I had planned to giveaway this free copy on my blog, but seeing how much my daughter has enjoyed it I know I can't do that. I'll be paying for a new copy to ship to a lucky winner.
I was provided with a free copy in exchange for my honest review.
- Beautiful treasury storybook of the Bible that girls enjoy reading by Lori on 11/29/2014
When your 7 year old says "I love that book. It tells the stories from the Bible really well. It has stories I didn't know. I think the pictures are so pretty. It talks truth.", you are surely holding a small treasure. When your 10 year old adds, "It is lots of fun to read that book and it includes a lot of detail from the Bible. I really like that one.", it is a keeper. When your 5 year old sits down with it to look at the lovely pictures and starts picking out sight words, you know this one is staying around.
For Such A Time As This is a storybook about women from the Bible. It is a retelling, not direct quotes from the Bible. Think paraphrase with perhaps a few interesting but non-essential details added. As my 10 year old pointed out, though, it includes the Bible citation so that they can go look up the Bible story and read it directly to decipher whether or not the story was retold accurately. (All that we read were.) If your child can read an early chapter book, he or she could probably read this by themselves. Covering all variations of women from all walks of life in Bible times, For Such A Time As This is truly a treasury that young girls will get a lot of encouragement from. Though it is not just for girls, I can see it appealing more to girls than to boys.
Some of the women in this collection include Lot's Wife, Hannah, Queen of Sheba, Mary and Martha, Lydia, Anna, Hagar, Delilah, and many more. There are a total of 40 stories and there is much to be gleaned from each of their stories. Each story includes a character trait or truth that the reader can apply to her own life.
Following each story, there is a section designed to help the reader connect more directly, more deeply, with the character of the story. The section includes 4 parts.
1) HE - This part focuses on God, on a characteristic, trait, or truth about God and who He is.
2) ME - This part focuses on the reader and how to incorporate the traits, truths, and strengths of the story in her own life.
3) SHE - This one is written for the parents of the reader, offering a scripture-based prayer to pray for the child. It works well to just have the reader change the language in this prayer slightly in order to pray it for herself, as well.
4) Words - At the bottom of this page, there is a word from the Bible pertinent to the story. A pronunciation is included, as well as its definition. There is also a memory verse to go along with the story included that highlights the trait or truth that is a focus of the story.
It would be wrong to close this review without acknowledging the gorgeous artwork that graces the pages. The artwork adds beauty and style to the retelling of the Bible stories, enhancing them.
This is a book that will stay accessible for the girls and will be treasured, I think. All three of them enjoy it and were so happy to have it around. For Such A Time As This is one we would definitely recommend.
- A treasure that would make a lovely gift for a special young girl in your life. by Amanda on 11/11/2014
Young girls will be intrigued by the stories of famous, infamous, and obscure women of the bible as retold by Angie Smith in her new book For Such A Time as This. Famous women like Sarai, Rahab, Ruth, and Mary, the mother of Jesus, play key roles in the lineage of Christ. Infamous women like Delilah, Jezebel, and Herodias confirm that God’s plans cannot be thwarted. I particularly enjoyed the more obscure biblical characters like Abigail, the widow of Zarephath (1 Kings 17; 2 Kings 4), Gomer (Hosea), Anna, and Priscilla, because their lives are often overlooked by other children’s books, yet God saw fit to include them in scripture.
Each story is packed with a treasure trove of information, biblical truths, and life applications. Most importantly, they draw attention to the character of God. In light of this, the publisher recommends the book for children ages 6-10. In my opinion, some six year olds may lose interest either in the length of each story, or due to the weightiness of the message (it may be over their heads). On the other end of the spectrum, I would say that girls as old as 14 would enjoy this book. It would make a wonderful selection for older siblings to read to younger ones - both would benefit.
I would like to give a nod of appreciation Angie Smith for the way she has equipped parents to share these stories. My favorite detail was how she defined terms like: sovereign, covenant, omnipotent, transcendent, and righteous. These terms are repeated in a lot in Christian circles, aren’t always explained accurately to our children. Parents and children will connect deeper with the stories by completing the “He, Me, She” portions that follow each story.
“He” - describes an attribute or characteristic of God found in the story.
“Me” - is the life application portion that I alluded to before.
“She” - contains a scripture-based prayer that adults can pray over their daughter.
Lastly, beautiful pencil and watercolor sketches by Breezy Brookshire make the stories spring to life.
For Such a Time as This by Angie Smith is a treasure that would make a lovely gift, devotional, or keepsake for a special young girl in your life. I give it 5/5 stars.
**I received this book free as a member of the Family Christian Blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”