Thursday, May 5, 2016

Review of "Stories of Courage & Faith," by Isabella Augustus

Review of

Stories of Courage & Faith, by Isabella Augustus ISBN 9781478760191

Five out of five stars

 For the last several weeks I have seen notices about vacation bible school (VBS) on the signs of churches. Therefore, as I was reading through this book my main thought was that it would be an excellent text for the VBS classes.
 There are two stories in the book, the first is about Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and how they refused to bow to the powerful King Nebuchadnezzar. As a consequence, he had them thrown into an extremely hot fire, yet they were not burned and Nebuchadnezzar learned that he was not as powerful as he thought. The second is the classic David versus Goliath story, where tiny David defeats the arrogant and powerful giant Philistine champion.
 The structure of the book is with the image on the left and the text on the right. The text is in four line segments with the first and second rhyming as well as the third and fourth. The level of the reading is roughly that of the second grader.
 I remember hearing about these stories when I was young, and given that I am a VBS veteran, it is very possible that that was my point of first contact for both of them. Given the inexpensive nature of these books and the lower reading level, they are solid additions to church libraries as well as texts for VBS classes. 

This book was made available for free for review purposes.

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