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Wow!: The Good News in Four Words Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-09-08 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 40 user ratings
ISBN:1496436423
LANGUAGE:English

"This review was originally posted on Buy, Borrow, Skip I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Finding the right book to share the Gospel with children can be a challenge. You want a great message, illustrations kids love, and a story that will keep their attention. Each child is different and God uses a variety of tools to reach each person.

In Wow! The Gospel in Four Words by Dandi Daley Mackall and illustrated by Annabel Tempest, kids learn about the Gospel in an engaging way. Filled with beautiful illustrations, and rhyming patterns, this story invites children to participate as the book is read to them.

At the beginning of the book, there is a note to parents. While I like this as it explains the concept of the four words, WOW, UH-OH, YES, and AHHH, I’m not sure how much kids will remember the meaning of each of these at the beginning of the story. That said, kids are encouraged to say these words as the story is read to them, which is something I loved.

The story pretty much follows creation, Jesus coming and dying, believing in Him, and then life after believing in Jesus. I appreciate that the author went farther than accepting Jesus and ending the story. It was nice that they talked about the Fruit of the Spirit and being in heaven one day singing with the angels.

This was a nice story to introduce young children to the Gospel. I liked the way the key words were included and kids were encouraged to say them as the story progressed. I think over time, kids will start to associate the words with certain concepts in the story, which is what the book was designed to do.

I really enjoyed the illustrations. They were bright and cute. I enjoyed all of the colors on the pages and found the pictures to enhance the story.

Overall, this was a nice book for young children. The author took a concept that can be challenging to explain to children and broke it down in a way that should be understandable and give parents talking points and references to use.

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" This is a great book for young children as it has adorable pictures and it teaches them about God and the Bible in a way that they can understand and process while still enjoying the book. " said.

" Durability: The dust jacket did not last long. But the pictures did engage my daughter and keep her from ripping the pages.Story: Simple enough, though so simple you would think it would be a board book for a younger audience than a 3 year old. Giftability: Fantastic gift for religious families.Overall: 4 of 5. Could have been more challenging. " said.

"This little book is a little gem that I thoroughly enjoyed reading to my little girl who absolutely loved the vivid pictures and did great a great job about breaking down some of the most fundamental elements of the gospel. I loved how this book had just enough information to be meaty and very informative but not too wordy to lose kids interest and attention, even my 2 year old daughter was able to keep focused through the whole book.
Winsome and gorgeously illustrated this book is a great addition to anyone's library,
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
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"I LOVE this book! It is beautifully illustrated. The text is a simple rhyme. I love how it is so simple to explain the Gospel to kids. The first time I read it to my best friend's daughters, her oldest (6 yrs old) kept asking why during the Uh-oh pages. It was a great opportunity for me and her parents to be able point out that sin causes everyone to be bad.

Anyway, I highly recommend this book.

I received a copy for free from the publisher in order to review. I was not required to like the book, only share my honest opinion of it.

Recommended to parents, teachers, librarians

Rating - 5 stars
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"A rhyming book that is slightly unusual -- it uses rhyming triplets.

Example:
Look up in the sky, because here comes the sun!
At night count the stars, if you can, one by one.
Then gaze at the moon and say, "WOW, God! Well done."

It tries to tell the full story of the Bible/God's relationship with people from Creation to present.

The four words identify each part of the story.
Wow! is used for creation
Uh-Oh. Is used for sin.

Yes! is used for Jesus and saying Yes to him.
Ahh. is used for walking with Jesus.
And we cycle back to Wow at the end.
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"Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy, so I put it to the test with my own kids. Wow! The Good News in Four Words is a fresh and whimsical way to share the Gospel with kids and form a foundation for lifelong discipleship. I read it with my eight and nine-year-olds. Both found it easy to follow. They were able to repeat back to me, the main lessons and themes of each word. Also, both of my daughters liked the fact that there is a “for further study” section in the back containing the applicable verses for each of the words so they can learn more. Though I have not yet done so, this content can be easily made into a Sunday School curriculum and stretched over several weeks." said.

"This is a fun book that helps children (and adults) remember the Gospel message by the use of 4 little words:

WOW - presents the account of Creation and shares God's love for us.
UH-OH - discusses the fall of mankind and how we all sin.
YES - talks about Jesus' birth, death and resurrection, and how we can be forgiven of our sins if we say yes to Jesus.
AHHH - is about eternal life and the peace we can have with Jesus as a part of our lives.
WOW (again) - encourages us to grow in our faith and share the Good News with others.

I really like the note to parents at the beginning of the book that explains these words, and also gives Scripture references to back them up. You can also find more references at the back of the book for those who wish to dig even deeper into the Gospel and God's plan for us.

The only thing I don't care for is how busy some of the pages are with illustrations. The illustrations by Annabel Tempest are well-done, however, there is just a bit too much on each page for my liking. For some children, that might be great, but for me and my children, "less is more." We prefer few and simple illustrations that are a little less distracting. But, other than that, the book is good and I would recommend it.

Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.
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