I don’t usually bother to “review” Nate’s books, but this one is really exceptional, and unique too! The authors, who are from Sojourn Community Church in Louisville, have written a preschool-level book teaching that the home should be a place of worship. It’s a helpful and needed reminder for parents as well as children!
The inspiration for the book came from a quote from Martin Luther:
“Abraham had in his tent a house of God and a church, just as today any godly and pious head of a household instructs his children… in godliness. Therefore such a house is actually a school and church and the head of the household is a bishop and priest in his house.”
The pages in the book alternate between describing things that happen at church (prayer, Scripture reading, singing, preaching/teaching) and how each of those elements of worship has a corresponding role in the home with the family. It is “Pastor Daddy’s” responsibility to teach the Bible to his children and to lead them to worship God. The story is told with an easy-reading rhyme scheme, and the illustrations are fun and incredibly well-thought out (my favorite is the illustration that has the words of Deuteronomy 6:5 written on the heart of one of the children, which is especially poignant in light of the verses that follow). To top it all off, the daddy in the book even kinda looks like me!
This is a book that every family with young children should own. I, for one, will be thankful for the accountability to actually be the type of daddy portrayed! Buy it here.
“Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.” ~ Deuteronomy 4:9