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New From Carine Mackenzie: My 1st Book About the Gospel

My 1st Book About the Gospel by Carine MackenzieChildren have questions about everything including God, the Bible, and Jesus. They want to know who God is. What did Jesus do? Why did he die? How do I get to heaven? My First Book about the Gospel will be a great help to children and families as they discover the truth of salvation through a deep but simple message that can answer all of their questions.

Visit our website to see all of the titles available in the My 1st Book series:  LINK.

About the Author:
Carine MacKenzie’s talent for retelling Bible stories has meant that children from all over the world have been given the opportunity to discover Jesus Christ for themselves. The first title written in the kitchen with the assistance of a basin of water has inspired the production of many other books. She has sales of over 3 million books and lives in Inverness, Scotland.

A full list of CF4K titles by Carine Mackenzie is available here:  LINK.

Where to Buy:
My 1st book About the Gospel by Carine Mackenzie is available at any good  Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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My 1st Book About God by Carine Mackenzie

My 1st Book About God by Carine MackenzieMy 1st Book About God is the latest addition to the popular My 1st Book series. The Bible tells us so much about who God is, what he has done and what he is still doing. This little book looks at different aspects of God’s character and helps to explain in a simple way what he is really like. God is love, God is holy, God comforts, God guides, are just a few of the topics covered. When children begin to understand these things, they are then more able to worship God.

Here’s a sample reading:

2. The Trinity

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 28:19

The Bible tells us there is only one God. It tells us of three different persons in this one God – God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. These three persons are each God. They are equal in power and glory, but they each do different things.

*Excerpted from My 1st Book About God by Carine Mackenzie, p. 7

Visit our website to see all of the titles available in the My 1st Book series:  LINK.

About the Author:
Carine MacKenzie’s talent for retelling Bible stories has meant that children from all over the world have been given the opportunity to discover Jesus Christ for themselves. The first title written in the kitchen with the assistance of a basin of water has inspired the production of many other books. Carine’s 150th book 365 Great Bible Stories was released in July 2011. She has sales of over 3 million books and lives in Inverness, Scotland.

A full list of CF4K titles by Carine Mackenzie is available here:  LINK.

Where to Buy:
My 1st book About God by Carine Mackenzie is available at any good  Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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Glorifying God: Obedient Lives from the Bible by Carine Mackenzie

Glorifying God Obedient Lives from the Bible by Carine MacKenzie

In Glorifying God, Carine Mackenzie draws on examples from obedient lives found in the Bible to help our kids better understand the ten commandments, God’s rules for our lives.  Through engaging stories, illustrations, key Bible verses, and Bible search activities, your children and grandchildren will become familiar with not only with the ten commandments, but also the only One who kept them as they were meant to be kept – Jesus Christ, God’s Son. He is the answer to the problem of sin, and to our need to get the better of it.

To give you a brief idea of what you’ll find in the book, below is a sample from chapter 10 – Learn to Be Content:

The apostle Paul had a very arduous and difficult life, enduring hardships and persecution. He could say that he had learned to be content whatever his circumstances. The Lord Jesus Christ was the strength of his life, who helped him to have a right perspective on his situation. ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,’ he said. Contentment was something Paul had to learn. It did not come naturally.

Our heavenly Father knows what we need. Our duty is to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and to trust God to provide what he knows is best for us. We know that all things work together for god to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).

About the Author:
Carine MacKenzie’s talent for retelling Bible stories has meant that children from all over the world have been given the opportunity to discover Jesus Christ for themselves. The first title written in the kitchen with the assistance of a basin of water has inspired the production of many other books. She has sales of over 3 million books. She stays in Inverness, Scotland.

Related Books:
Trusting God by Carine MacKenzieFollowing God by Carine MacKenzie

Where to Buy:
Glorifying God: Obedient Lives from the Bible is available at any good  Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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My 1st Book About the Bible by Carine Mackenzie

My 1st Book About the Bible by Carine Mackenzie

Finding age appropriate resources to introduce key biblical and theological concepts to your little ones can be quite challenging. We understand how important it is to help children begin developing a solid worldview at a young age and that’s precisely why Christian Focus 4 Kids continues to grow the My First Book series.

The My First Book series is a catechism-like resource designed to help you teach your children about God, the Bible, and the Church. Below is a sample reading from My 1st Book About the Bible:

2. The Word of God lasts forever

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. Mark 13:31

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. Isaiah 40:8

The clothes you have today will one day wear out. Your toys will break and be thrown away. The flowers in the garden wither and die. God tells us that even the world we live in, will be burned up and come to an end. But God’s Word will never be destroyed. It will last forever.

We’re excited to introduce Carine Mackenzie’s latest contribution to this series titled My 1st Book About the Bible. Over the course of twenty-five brief lessons, this book explores the following questions:

  • What is the Word of God?
  • What does the Word of God do?
  • What is the Word of God like?

Measuring approximately 4″ by 6″ the books in the My 1st Book series are just the right size for little hands. If you have little ones ages 4-6, we recommend that you read these books along with your children. If your children are ages 6-11, they will be able to read these books on their own. In either case, we pray that the My 1st Book series becomes a starting point for many great discussions in your home.

About the Author:
Carine Mackenzie’s talent for retelling Bible stories has meant that children from all over the world have been given the opportunity to discover Jesus Christ for themselves. The first title written in the kitchen with the assistance of a basin of water has inspired the production of many other books. Carine now has more than 150 different titles in print.

Other Titles in the My First Book Series:

Where to Buy:
My 1st Book About the Bible is available at any good  Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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My 1st Book About The Bible

My 1st Book About the Bible by Carine MacKenzie

With the addition of this little book on God’s Word – the My 1st Series now comes up to eight titles. Each cover is a different colour, making a row of eight little candy-coloured booklets that children will love to collect and learn from. Written by Carine Mackenzie this book will help you train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:5-7.
Children need to know about God and his Word. We all do. We need to know that God’s Word is true, eternal, pure, living, perfect, inspired, without error.
It’s exciting to see God’s Word at work in our world and children will see this too as God’s Word acts as a seed, a sword, a fire and food in people’s lives.

See a list of all eight books in the My 1st series here: LINK.

September Book Giveaway – How God Changes People by Carine Mackenzie

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How God Changes People by Carine MackenzieAbout the Book:
A sneaky little thief meets Jesus and then he starts giving away his money instead – that’s Zacchaeus. A ruthless thug chases down Christians but after a run in with the risen Lord, he joins forces with the people he once hated – that’s Paul. A young woman sits on the river bank, when she hears the Word of God, a quiet change warms her heart and another sinner is saved, a life changed and an eternity secured – that’s Lydia. These people and others in this book were all changed by God through his Word. And we can read about them in his Word – the Bible.

About the Author:
Carine MacKenzie’s talent for retelling Bible stories has meant that children from all over the world have been given the opportunity to discover Jesus Christ for themselves. She has sales of over 3 million books and stays in Inverness, Scotland.

Recommended Review – My 1st Book of Questions and Answers

“My family has been using the Westminster Shorter Catechism with good result with our children but it’s also been slow moving. Sometime the cadence and structure can be cumbersome for a four year old to repeat back and learn.

We had received My 1st Book of Questions and Answers when Claire my oldest was first born from our church. But it had been lost for a time and forgotten. Claire, now four, was recently walking around with it and I asked her what it was. She said it was her new Bible.

I took a quick look at it and saw some of the endorsements and was intrigued. After further examination later that night, I decided for now we would switch over to My 1st Book as our teaching tool.

The main benefit of this handy book is that it takes the some times wordy and confusing language structure (at least for a four year old) of the well-known catechism and conveys the same truths with precision.

It’s also recommended by Presbyterians and Baptists alike. From what we’ve used so far and from my examination of section on topics like baptism I don’t see anything that would prevent it being used with good results by either denominational members.

Our plan is to now use My First Book for the next year with my four year old and then start my youngest on over the next 6 months to a year. With just over a hundred questions you could easily complete the book 10 or 20 times over the course of 3 years. It’s the perfect tool to get children use to the question and answer style of learning and also prepare for a more advance catechism like the Westminster Shorter.”

-Mathew Sims (grace4sinners.blogspot.com)

 

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Kid’s Theology – What else did God make? – Why did God make all things?

My First book of Questions and Answers has had a thorough going through – I just thought I’d tell you. Look at the commendations:

  • Douglas Kelly (the Richard Jordan Professor of Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, North Carolina.)
  • Sinclair B Ferguson (Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church of Columbia and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary).
  • R. C. Sproul (a respected teacher, theologian and pastor as well as founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries.)
  • Alistair Begg (A pastor for over 30 years. He is now the Senior Pastor, Parkside Church, Chagrin Falls, Ohio)

And that’s just the theologians.

Families too have used this book. One of the commendations is from John and Noel Piper who used it when teaching their own daughter about the truths of the Christian faith.

“Truth, clarity and simplicity are the great virtues of this God-exalting catechism for children. It was a great pleasure to watch our daughter learn these answers. As usual teaching a child great truths enriched our thinking and our own worship.”

Here a sample lesson to share with your children, grandchildren, or Sunday school class.

3. What else did God make?

God made all things. (Genesis 1:31a).

4. Why did God make all things?

For his own glory. (Revelation 4:11).

Objective: To teach the children that God made all things for His own glory.

The most obvious choice of a story for this lesson is the creation (Genesis 1). It may be beneficial to give the children a worksheet about the six days of creation to fill in or colour. If you don’t have enough time, or feel it is too much for one lesson, simply spread the questions over two teaching sessions. Be less concerned about the children memorizing exactly what happened on each day, than on the wonder of creation. Stop and marvel at the beauty of God’s creation! Bring in some “simple” things: a pretty rock, some moss, a leaf, a flower, a caterpillar, a moth, etc. Point out the intricate design in each creation. Our God is an amazing God! You can easily tie in the simple gospel message: this great God is able to save you.

Questions:

1. Can you think of things that God made, that no one else is able to make?

2. Have you ever been amazed at God’s power and at the many beautiful things he made?

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What Others are Saying – My First Book of Questions and Answers

Last week our Kid’s Theology post shared a lesson from My First Book of Questions and Answers by Carine Mackenzie. We are always excited to hear how these books our being used, so this week we wanted to take a minute to share a blog post from Dan Mckinlay, student in the Cornhill Pastors Training Course – Glasgow, Scotland. In a post titled Teach Your Children, Dan shares how this book is being utilized in his congregation.

 

Teach Your Children – Dan Mckinlay

Here is the most direct instruction on children’s ministry i have found in the Bible:

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Proverbs 22:6

I have been busy settling in to my new church, St Stephens Comely Bank. It has been easy to adjust. The church is made up of mostly young families but there are quite a few old ones too, and a LARGE number of children. One of my main ministries in the church is the Children’s address (kids talk etc) that is given at the start of our Sunday morning worship. I should mention that 4 weeks ago i had no idea how to deliver such a talk…i had next to no experience and when i had seen it before it seemed to be done, well, poorly. It is one of those ministries that people pour huge amounts of effort in to yet children sit impatient, waiting to get to Sunday school so they can glue something to something else.

Over the next…phew…year i guess, we are attempting a simple approach to the children’s talk but a potentially massive task. We are planning on teaching the children the shorter catechism of the Westminster Confession…

Children who would be thrilled at the idea of a catechism

This morning was week 3 of the series and i must say, i have been amazed at the response form children and adults alike. We use a book called ‘My first book of Questions and answers’ by Carine MacKenzie (a children’s version of the ‘shorter’) and work through 2 questions each week. Friends, it has been a blessing to teach these children simple Bible truths and this morning watch them reply to ‘Why did God make all things?’ by saying ‘For His own glory’.

Of course, i attempt not to make the 5 minute time slot completely dry and academic, but i am convinced that church should be the one place where we can teach young children (the lot i get are between 2 and 6 years old) undiluted Bible truths. I have no idea who reads this blog but i do want to urge you to consider catechising your children. Today we handed out a copy of Carine MacKenzie’s short book to mums and dads of young children and as a church are praying for our little ones to love this God who has entrusted us with them.

The trend in (some) youth culture is to question everything the Bible says and displace truth. On a Sunday, you have the chance to counter that.

Dan’s blog post can be seen in its original context here: LINK.

Story Behind the Book – CF4K’s First Book

Did you know that books have their own stories? Well they do. A book just doesn’t make itself. Lots of people are involved and it can be quite a tricky process. Today I’m going to tell you the story behind one of the first books Christian Focus Publications ever published. I’m going to give you the short version of it – one of these days I might give you the longer version. But here we go…

My Dad and Mum couldn’t find children’s bible stories in the shops… at least they couldn’t find ones that told the bible story in the way the bible told it. They didn’t like the pictures much either. Dad told Mum to write some. She did. She wrote Gideon – the Soldier of God and Mary – the Mother of Jesus. Because she was a very busy lady Mum had to work out how to find time to write and amuse her two year old girl at the same time. So what she did was get a basin of water, a notepad and pen. She let the little girl play with the water and she sat down to write. An hour later she had her first children’s book – and one very wet little toddler. After that there were many other books – 150 to be precise. But that’s all I have time for for now…you’ll have to wait for another post to find out about book 150!

Other Books in the Bible Time Series:

A full list of books in the Bible Time series is available here:  LINK