“Forever With Jesus” is a child’s book written by Lee Ann Mancini and illustrated by Dan Sharp. The book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for a review. I was once again happy to review a book for children especially since I have 20 grandchildren. God is good!
This is the third book in this series that I reviewed by Lee Ann Mancini. (Check out the review on “A Servant Like Jesus“ and God’s Easter Miracle) This book is also full of colorful illustrations and adorable little sea creatures to which young children can relate.
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In “Forever with Jesus”, the sea kids learn that Jesus died for their sins, and that by believing in Him they will live in heaven forever.
Note: Although I do believe that everyone must believe that Jesus died for their sins and accept Him as their own Savior, I do not believe in “easy believe-ism” if you want to call it that. I’ve seen many children read a few Bible verses and told they can go to heaven by praying this simple prayer. Too often they go away and don’t really have a full understanding of Salvation. They grow up to think that because they prayed a prayer they are now saved. Read Here.
As the cousins visit their grandparents for Grandma Pinky’s 80th birthday,their grandparents’ neighbor, Mr. Higgins, dies. Grandma encourages her grandchildren by reading from the Bible and telling them that heaven will be wonderful with no more tears, pain, or suffering. They are taught that they do not have to fear dying because Jesus is building a wonderful mansion for them and all who believe in Him as their Savior!
Things I like about this book:
-I think it is important to let children know that death is real and we all have that appointment one day. God’s Word says it is better to go to the house of mourning than the house of laughter.
-I think it is important to allow them to see the reality of death and share with them the good news of Salvation and the wonderful fact that one day, there will be no more pain and suffering and tears, but only if we know Jesus as Savior
-I think this book is another wonderful opportunity to present the gospel to the littles.
Some things I might add or take away:
-I would let children know that people of all ages die, not just old people and we need to be ready.
-As I said in my other reviews I would not say Keep Jesus in your hearts. Or I least would not use those words. Once Jesus is in your hearts, He never leaves;You don’t have to keep Him there yourself. But it is important to always keep His Word in your heart.
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