Grow: Book Review: Sammy Experiences God
Have you all ever done the Experiencing God study by Henry Blackaby? I remember first coming across that study when I was a new Christian- back in 8th grade. Our youth group did the Teen edition and it seriously rocked my world. The content was so simple, yet helped me to experience and recognize where God was moving in a whole new way.
I was excited to find out that they have a few more books out in the line…. one of them being a picture book for kids! It’s called Sammy Experiences God, and is by Tom Blackaby and Rick Osborne.
In this book, the main character, Sammy, is asking God to give him a “God-story”…meaning, an adventure like the ones his dad reads from the Bible to him. Moses, Daniel, Esther, David– all of them have had a moment in which God shows up in an undeniable way. Sammy wanted one of those too.
Sammy goes about his days, trying to create experiences for himself similar to the ones he’s read about, but it just doesnt work (of course). He calls out to God, but feels disappointed that he doesn’t “feel” God or “see” God. It’s only through an experience with his grandpa that Sammy begins to understand the uniqueness of his story, and how God is working in his life already.
This book is a great book to encourage young and old alike. Ideally, the audience for this book would be elementary age kids. Throughout the book there are questions to talk about and natural places for parents to pause the book and dig into Scripture. Also, at the end of the book, the authors included a section called “Parent Connection” that give a bunch of ideas of other conversation starters for various sections of the book.
A great book with good illustrations. What a fun way to introduce some of the experiencing God concepts at an early age!
Stay tuned, because in a couple weeks I will also be reviewing the book Experiencing God at Home– a book written to help parents connect the experiencing God principles to daily home life.