Reviewer: Kelly Miller
I love reading scripture into the lives of our children and grandchildren and when I saw the front cover of the book, Nothing to Fear, I was drawn in. The baby on the front is sweet and it's hard not to have an "Awww" moment. The 'story' is the scripture, 2 Timothy 1:7, with the author's added phrasing "I know I have nothing, nothing to fear, nothing to fear, when Jesus is near" 4 times throughout this small book.
All the pictures within the book are of babies and toddlers and although they are cute, they could use better editing to make them brighter and clearer. Each picture also has a little bumblebee picture logo (for lack of a better word) on it. When reading the book with my 2 year old granddaughter, that little bee became quite troublesome. With "What that bee doing?" and "That bee bite the baby?" being repetitive questions.
Although I thought that the cuteness of the babies in each picture would be fun for my grandbabies to look at, they were quite disinterested in the book and kept trying to flip the pages to get to the end. I think the scripture verse that was chosen was above the level of toddlers who really don't have a strong concept of what fear is or what it means to have a sound mind.
The writing did not flow in a natural sing song manner as seemed to be the author's intention, judging by the back cover write up, and I struggled to find a rhythm when reading it out loud.
This book would be wonderful for infants who don't have questions and would just enjoy the pictures of the babies.
Reviewer: Margaret Welwood
What a beautiful rendition of some very comforting Scripture! And what could be more appropriate than pictures of happy babies on every page, along with a happy dancing bee? I'm so glad I have this book to read to my young grandchildren--the poetry and the pictures are a hymn of praise to the God of all comfort, and a message of joy and safety to little ones.