Books

The Beginner's Gospel Story Bible

This gospel-centered Bible storybook by Jared Kennedy contains fifty-two Bible stories retold in a simple and compelling way for toddlers and preschoolers. Each story highlights for young children God’s story of redemption through Jesus and the unexpected ways that God’s grace and mercy are revealed throughout the Bible.  Trish Mahoney's brightly colored illustrations highlight each story and add fun teaching elements of counting, opposites, patterns, and object recognition to keep the youngest child’s attention. 

“As a teacher of biblical interpretation, I frequently lament the hermeneutical thoughtlessness found in many children’s materials. The Beginner’s Gospel Story Bible, however, is a different story. It is characterized by both faithfulness to the intent of the inspired biblical authors and attention to the unifying themes of Scripture that find their ultimate fulfillment in Christ. The book is also beautifully illustrated. I wish this story Bible had been available when my children were younger. I am pleased to commend it with enthusiasm.”

Robert L. Plummer, Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary


Jesus Rose for Me: The True Story of Easter

Every Easter, we celebrate that Jesus is more powerful than death. But what does that mean for your little one? Jesus Rose for Me by Jared Kennedy helps toddlers and preschoolers understand the true meaning of Easter in a personal, memorable way. For children ages three to seven, this beautifully illustrated book begins with Palm Sunday and ends with Easter, when Jesus rose for us. Children will learn that Jesus is our king, and that everyone who trusts in him is part of his forever family.

Help your kids understand that Jesus died for us and rose from the dead. Help them live in the joy of the greatest truth of all: Jesus is alive!


Before the Lord, Before the Church: 'How-to' Plan a Child Dedication

Is child dedication just a sentimental moment to celebrate family with oohs and awes over the babies? Or is it a solemn moment before God and a covenanting one before the local church? Kennedy explains a philosophy of child dedication with poignant “How-To” plan for living out a powerful witness to Christ for one another and before the watching world. Whether you are rescuing various forms of child dedication from sentimentalism or perhaps sacrament, this book will guide you to faithful and fruitful ministry honoring God for the gift of children while blessing your church.

“Many churches, seeking to honor parent and celebrate the gift of new life, hold Child Dedication services that are little more than pageantry. In Before the Lord, Before the Church, Jared and Megan Kennedy have given a thoroughly insightful, biblical, theological, and practical resource to help churches shape these celebrations into meaningful times of worship. I highly recommend it!”

John Murchison, Director of Austin Stone Resources, The Austin Stone Community Church, Austin, TX