Thursday, October 2, 2014

A Boy After God's Own Heart by Jim George

Your Awesome Adventure with Jesus

Boys have a lot competing for their attention, and peer pressure can be tremendous—making it a challenge to encourage them toward the things of God and living the Christian life.
Jim George helps young guys to understand why God is important in everything they do. And he teaches that the Bible has the answers for all the questions and issues they face as they grow older. Boys will learn…
  • the value of honoring and respecting their parents
  • the keys to making right choices and decisions
  • how to choose the best kinds of friends and be a good friend
  • the benefits of taking school seriously and being responsible
  • the need to follow after God by reading the Bible and spending time in prayer
This book includes discussion questions and interactive material, opening a whole new world for boys, pointing them in the right direction for becoming what God designed them to be.
You can find this book on the following sites:
Harvest House Publishers
CBD
Books a Million
B & N
Amazon

About the Author:
Jim George and his wife, Elizabeth George, are Christian authors and speakers. Jim, author of A Husband After God’s Own Heart (a Gold Medallion finalist) and The Bare Bones Bible Handbook, has MDiv and ThM degrees from Talbot Theological Seminary. He has served in various pastoral roles for 25 years and on The Master’s Seminary staff for ten years. Jim and Elizabeth have two married daughters and are grandparents.  Find out more about Jim on their website: http://www.elizabethgeorge.com/
I was blessed with this book by the publisher in exchange for my review. I only asked to give my honest opinion.

My Thoughts (and my son's)
There is so much vying for our children's attention that when my son wanted to read this book, I was so thrilled! He first read A Boys Guide to Making Really Good Choices. He is a typical nine year old, but I am so thankful that he has a desire to learn more about following God.  
I liked the fact that this book is written in terms boys can understand! Each chapter contains a story about a boy - and something he is going through. Maybe he is struggling with paying attention in school, obeying his parents, doing what he is supposed to verses what he wants to do. After initiating the chapter with a catchy practical story, Jim goes on to use an acrostic with the main idea in the chapter to further explain how God wants the boy to handle the situation. 
For example: In the chapter on school, the acrostic is 
  • See school as a training ground for life
  • Check your attitude
  • Homework is a priority
  • Organize for success
  • Other stuff is part of school
  • Listen to your parents
Each title has a section under it with an explanation, some Bible verses, thoughts and journal space. At the end of each chapter there is a Straight Talk for Your Heart and a Prayer. 

I really feel like this book is an asset to any boy's life. There is so much wisdom they can apply and it can be read over and over. They can read it slowly taking a chapter or a letter at a time, or quickly, going back later for reference  Our kids need more books like this!

This is what my nine year old had to say: 
I liked the stories in the book about Dylan and his life. I felt like I could relate to some of them especially about being distracted during school thinking about my video games. I also learned lessons about obeying my parents and respecting them, doing good in school and working hard. It helped me with my prayers and I learned more about God. 

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