As Christians, it is our job to spread the word of the Lord with the word. As foster parents, our job is to help raise these kids to be good stewards and members of society. Naturally, we want to share God’s word with them, to offer them hope, understanding, unconditional love, and tools to continue on with their lives.
While telling our foster kid’s about God’s love, introducing daily prayer and taking them to church are all wonderful, providing them with a wider understanding of the Lord and his miracles is even better. Here are some great books that are helpful tools in introducing Jesus to your children in a way they will understand and relate to. Some are more simple and focus on God’s unconditional love, while others touch on the stories of the Bible.
When God Made You by Matthew Paul Turner – This is book focuses on the creation of ‘you’ – and helps children understand that God crafted them in a way that is perfect, and in his image. This book allows children to understand that God knows them- and wants a relationship with them. Young readers learn about their unique abilities and gifts and understand that God has a plan for them.
The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd Jones – This beautifully illustrated book takes children through some of the most influential books in the bible, complete with illustrations for understanding. The stories are simplified, but still have plenty of detail and is best suited for more advanced readers. This is a great choice to read to your children at night, and you may find them reaching to read it for themselves one day.
Indescribable: 100 Devotions About God and Science by Louie Giglio – A devotional that marries science and Christianity, and helps parents teach their children about the laws of science while explaining how God fits into them. This is wonderful for implementing prayers into your daily routine with your children and begin teaching them how to seek out God in their everyday lives.
God Gave Us You by Lisa Tawn Bergren – A soothing, heartwarming bedtime story that focuses on the relationship between parents and their baby, and tells the story of how God brings children into our lives. This book is like a warm hug that can soothe any anxious child.