It’s the beginning of advent and my children and I are counting the days down til Christmas day by learning some of the different names that Jesus goes by. If you read through the Old and New Testaments you’ll discover that there are over 100 different names for Jesus Christ – “Wonderful Counselor”, “Saviour” and “King” are but a few names. The “Candle Day by Day: Walk with Jesus – Read the story of Jesus in 40 Days” will be a wonderful way to carry on our study of Jesus.
“Candle Day by Day: Walk with Jesus – Read the story of Jesus in 40 Days” by Juliet David is a 40 day devotional on the life of Jesus. Each day you will discover an amazing story that is part of His life. You will learn about who Jesus is and why he is so special and at the end of the 40 days you will have a better understanding about the life of Jesus.
Each story is short and clearly describes an event in Jesus’ life. The length is perfect for reading at the end of the day. I love that the word choice the author uses. Aside from using the difficult Biblical names for people and place each word is carefully chosen with your little one in mind.
There is a Day marker, scripture verse and a short comment or question to encourage your little one to think beyond the story. Each illustration helps your child visualize the story.
The author starts at the beginning of Jesus’ life, with the retelling of the story of Mary and the angel Gabriel and finishes with the Ascension of Jesus. I love the final words of the book –
“Jesus is with God in heaven. One day he will return. Now do as Jesus told you.” – page 48
This is a great opportunity to talk with your little one about how Jesus would like us to live. After exploring the life of Jesus for 40 days, you and your child will have a better understanding of how Jesus would like us to live.
The author has chosen to use different translations for the scripture verses that accompany each story. They have chosen from the Contemporary English Version (CEV), New Living Translation (NLT), New International Version (NIV), New Revised Standard Version (NRSV), Revised English Bible (REB) and New Jerusalem Bible (NJB). I have never read a few of these translations so it was a nice experience to explore different translations to some scripture verses that I know and love. It’s the perfect opportunity for your child to discover which translation appeals most to her.
“Candle Day by Day: Walk with Jesus – Read the story of Jesus in 40 Days” is a beautiful retelling of the life of Jesus that you and your child will love to share together to grow in faith and love. It can be purchased at most major retailers, it would make a beautiful gift this holiday season.
I received a complimentary copy of “Candle Day by Day: Walk with Jesus – Read the story of Jesus in 40 Days” from Kregel Publishing in exchange for my review. All opinions are 100% my own.