Thursday, January 15, 2015

YA Book Review and Giveaway: Jesus Is_____: Student Edition by Judah Smith

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from Tommy Nelson, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

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The New York Times bestseller shows students that discovering who Jesus is will change who they are!
In Jesus Is _______. Student Edition, popular speaker, author, and former youth pastor Judah Smith reveals the character of Jesus and the importance of Christ’s message. Adapted for a student’s age and life experience, this compelling book will get younger readers thinking about what Jesus means to them.
Judah Smith,  pastor of the City Church in Seattle, Washington, is a former youth minister.  He understands kids and writes to as if to a friend. With enthusiasm and humor, Smith shows that Jesus is life, Jesus is grace, and Jesus is your friend. The student edition includes new content for younger readers ages 10–14—humorous lists, callouts of key text, sidebars with additional information, and discussion questions. This is a book for kids who have grown up in the church, are new to faith in Jesus, or are seeking to know more. This book will allow students to grow with Jesus from a young age and to know that the point of life is having a real, honest relationship with Jesus.

You can check out the first chapter HERE!

This book is aimed at the middle grader, ages 10-14, and is a great book for middle grade bible studies! The book is divided into 6 sections, speaking about Jesus- Jesus is Your Friend, Jesus is Grace, Jesus is the Point, Jesus is Happy, Jesus is Here and Jesus is Alive. Those sections include multiple chapters each, discussing how Jesus fits within those topics, in our kids daily lives. The author has great examples that kids can understand. For example the first chapter deals with SIN. Smith gives examples from the bible and then he breaks down the definition and how we sometimes our sins are greater than they are, and how that can lead us away from Jesus, when he is actually there to forgive you and show his mercy, as he understands you are human, and fallible. Each chapter ends with talking points to start discussions with parents or teachers.

If your child works through the entire book, they will truly see discovering who Jesus IS, changes who THEY are, as the author claims. By understanding and getting a closer one on one relationship, your child wil come to understand what Jesus was teaching and how it can easily be incorporated into their own lives. This is a wonderful book and I highly recommend it if you are looking for a good home bible study program for elementary to teen kids, or for your church's middle grade kids group!

About the Author:

Judah Smith and his wife, Chelsea, are the lead pastors of the City Church in Seattle, Washington. The author of theNew York Times bestseller Jesus Is ____, Judah is in high demand as a speaker in the United States and abroad. He and Chelsea have three children: Zion, Eliott, and Grace.

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  1. Jesus is ... my friend.

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  2. I only asked two of them and one said Jesus is Jesus of course! and the other one said Jesus is Lord!
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