Hearing Bible stories read out loud at bedtime is often a child's first introduction to spending time with God's Word—and the effects can last a lifetime. In God's Words to Dream On, bestselling author Diane Stortz (The Sweetest Story Bible) and incredible illustrator Diane Le Feyer offer a vibrant combination of story and picture with a "once upon a time" voice that stays true to God’s powerful Word.
Fifty-two stories take children ages 4–8 through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation in a way that helps young readers see God's plan from before Creation to send Jesus to make the world right again. These carefully chosen stories teach children about God’s provision, love, and strength—the perfect truths to be in their hearts as they drift off to sleep.
Ideal for birthday, baptism, and "I love you" gifts from parents, grandparents, Sunday school teachers, and godparents, God's Words to Dream On helps children understand the value of reading God's Word every day. Each engaging Bible story includes:
- A brief Bible verse called God’s Words to Dream On
- A good-night prayer related to the story called Sleepy-Time Prayer
- A short summary thought called Bedtime Blessing
God's Words to Dream On also includes ideas for establishing a good bedtime routine with your kids, tips for reading aloud, and inspiration for introducing children to the greatest Book of all.
|Publisher:||Nelson, Thomas, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||7.00(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Diane M. Stortz is an author and former editorial director whose heart’s desire is to “tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord” (Psalm 78:4). Diane’s books include Words to Dream On, The Sweetest Story Bible, I Am, I Am Devotional, Say & Pray Bible, Say & Pray Devotions, and A Woman’s Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year. Diane and her husband reside in Cincinnati, Ohio, and have two married daughters. Diane enjoys walking, gardening, and visiting her four young grandsons.
Diane Le Feyer is a French illustrator. Even as a child, she always knew that one day she would draw wonderful pictures for kids to enjoy! She also teaches students what she knows about illustration at Emile Cohl School. She's published in France, the US, the UK, Australia, Italy, and many more countries, and she’s the illustrator of a French hit children’s comic, which has sold more than a million copies. Diane is very busy with her life as a teacher, artist, mother, Star Wars enthusiast, and bad cook. She has two darling children, a loving husband, and three goldfish.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I received this new children’s Bible story book to review. I’d like to get you about it today. It is called God's Words to Dream On by Diane Stortz. First the illustrations are beautiful. They have a calming effect actually to me which is perfect for bedtime reading with children. The colors are soothing. Second, I feel the stories are told at an appropriate level for children. Recommended ages are 4-8. I feel this is pretty accurate. There were enough details provided to tell the story but not too lengthy that children will be uninterested. Third, I like the way the story ends with a short prayer and “Good night, God.” This would make a nice gift for a little child in your life. I hope you will consider it. I received a copy of this book for my honest review. Thank you.
"What better way to spend the last few minutes of the day than smuggled up with your children, pouring God's love into their hearts?" This question from the back of God's Words to Dream On: Bedtime Bible Stories and Prayers by Diane Stortz nails it. This gorgeous book with it's vibrant photos and succinct wording has over 52 stories to read with your children. Each night there is a Bible story, a bedtime blessing leaving the kids with something positive to reflect on, a Bible verse to think on, and a short sleepy-time prayer tied to the theme of the story. God's Words to dream On is aimed at children four to eight years old, but would also be great in a family setting of mixed ages. The pictures in God's Words to Dream On are quite well done. They are so bright and eye-catching, especially for young ones to look at. I think the stories are a good length for young children to read or hear. The short prayers, verses and blessings are also just right for young ones. I also could see these stories leading to some good discussions for those who aren't sleepy yet. This book also measures 7 inches by 8 inches so it is a good size for children to hold and look at too. I am also impressed with how well God's Words to Dream On is bound. It is sewn tightly with heavy pages and a solid cover so it should be a book that would last a long time.There is also a ribbon marker to save your place for the next reading time too. I highly recommend this one. I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.
“Send your child off to dreamland with a peaceful bedtime routine,” the instructional tips begin in Diane Stortz’s children’s book, God’s Words to Dream On: Bedtime Bible Stories and Prayers. ~ What ~ At two-hundred-and-twenty-four pages, this small hardbound with a glittery cover is targeted toward children ages four to eight years old. With no extremely scary scenes, it contains fifty-two short Biblical devotions to read at bedtime. An ownership page, table of contents, and letter to parents are at the beginning of the book, while the ending has routine and reading tips plus the author’s biography. Using mainly the English Standard Version of the Holy Bible, the ICB and NLT are referenced. A purple satin marker is attached. Focusing on the twenty-six stories in both the Old and New Testaments, each devotion is four pages long. Beginning with a title and the Bible reference, a short verse to dream on is written out, followed by a rewritten version of an iconic story. Each devotion includes a highlighted bedtime blessing and sleep-time prayer. Colorful, engaging illustrations cover the pages. ~Why ~ Having a six-year-old granddaughter who has been asking about the Bible, I enjoyed how abbreviated the stories were for those with short attention spans as they look at the illustrations. I appreciated the colorful illustrations that did not depict much negativity, even when the topics tended to include violence or death. One of my favorite reads was the chapter titled Isaac and Rebecca about God arranging Isaac to find his wife through his servant. After listing Genesis 24 with the words of “He will guide us forever” from Psalm 48:14, the story explains how Rebecca, a distant relative of Isaac, gave the servant and camels water to drink and learned how God guided the servant to her. The blessing is that God will always be with you, and the prayer thanks Him for guiding our lives. ~ Why Not ~ Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not like a book that is about Him to share with young ones. Others may find the stories being simplified, often omitting key facts that avoid sin, eternal salvation, and eternity. Due to the complicated three and four syllable words, it may be frustrating for beginner readers. ~ Wish ~ Since many of the stories are not complete in their telling, I wish sin and its consequences were mentioned more often and that it contained more regarding salvation in Christ instead of stating to simply love God to get to Heaven. ~ Want ~ If you know a young child who wants to learn about the stories in the Bible that are rudimentary told, this would be a nice first read about God’s Word. Though the stories are short, they may spark an interest in young children while keeping them from being awake up all night. Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.