The God Contest Board Book

Jesus Is the Real God!

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This illustrated Bible board book will teach toddlers that Jesus is the real God.

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Using simple sentences and stunning illustrations, this board book shows toddlers that Jesus has proved in history that he is the real God, who rules everything and loves everyone.

The God Contest Board Book features:
• a robust board-book format.
• stunning illustrations by Catalina Echeverri that will delight young children.
• simple sentences that will communicate truths in a way toddlers can understand.
• content that helps children aged 2-4 be confident that in Elijah's time, and in coming as Jesus, God has proved who he really is.

Makes a perfect gift for toddlers.

Written by Carl Laferton, author of The Garden, The Curtain and The Cross and God's Big Promises Bible Storybook.

The God Contest Storybook for 3-6-year-olds builds on these themes and expands them.

All the books in the Tales That Tell The Truth for Toddlers series distil a core Christian truth in a way that very young children can understand.

The corresponding storybooks for 3-6-year-olds expand on these truths, adding more detail, explanation and context.

An accompanying Art and Activity Book is also available to purchase.

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Age range: 2+
Contributors Carl Laferton, Catalina Echeverri
ISBN 9781784989507
Format Board book
First published March 2024
Dimensions 150mm x 190mm x 10mm
Weight 0.18 kg
Language English
Pages 8
Publisher The Good Book Company
Customer reviews

Feb 29, 2024

“Simple & Sweet!”

This book is such a simplistic way of describing the story of Elijah and the power of God. I love the connection to Jesus and the connection of "God is the real God" to "Jesus is the real God".

Yesterday my son asked me to read this book roughly 17 times. He is 1.5 years old and really likes the "FIRE" page. This book is for ages 3-6, but I still like that he enjoys reading it and am excited for him to understand more fully when he's older.

Feb 28, 2024

“Perfect for 2 year olds”

I absolutely love the original version of this book, so I was excited to take a look at the board book version. I think it's a perfect adaptation if the big book for the toddler crowd (the intended audience). It's very much an abridged version, showing that the whole point of Elijah on mount Carmel was to show who the real God is, and later, Jesus would show that he was the true God incarnate through his life death and resurrection. Those are the key points of the story, and this board book hits all those. They are the exact points I hit with my 2 year old when abridging the original story to read with him (the original is pretty long for a short attention span). This board book version is the perfect size for a toddler, and would work fantastic in a 2 year-old Sunday school setting. I also love that the board book is so sturdy and durable. It communicates to littles that this story is for them too. And let's them engage with it as their fine motor skills are still being fine tuned, without destroying the book.

Feb 27, 2024

“It was an okay book, but felt it was missing much.”

This board book was okay, but I was wanting more. It is very simple and geared toward little ones. My son wasn't huge on this one and I would have loved a little more about Elijah, but I appreciated that it shows very young children that Jesus is God and very briefly introduces children to the story of Elijah which is not a typical story in children storybook bibles. I would have liked more about Elijah though and it was missing a lot from the Bible story. The illustrations are bright and fun. This was just not our personal favorite and it would have been great to see more of a gospel presentation in the book as well along with showing kids how the story of Elijah connects to Christ. Definitely felt like it was missing a lot.

Feb 24, 2024

“Sweet board book”

The God Contest tells the story of Elijah on Mount Carmel, how God showed everyone he was real by answering Elijah's prayer. I love how it connects the story to the gospel and how God also showed us he is real by sending his son, Jesus to earth. God has proved who he really is and this simple book can help you teach your toddler those truths early on. This board book is very engaging with simple text and fun illustrations! My 2 year old loves it!
This would be a great gift idea and would fit perfectly in a toddlers Easter basket!

Feb 24, 2024

“Toddler-Friendly Version of the Big Kids' Favorite”

It doesn't have all of the funny moments from the full version, but this book is just as full of rich truths from the Bible!

Feb 22, 2024

“Simplified Adaptation”

This is a board book adaptation of "The God Contest Storybook: The True Story of Elijah, Jesus, and the Greatest Victory." This board book is simplified and shorter for babies and toddlers, briefly presenting the biblical narrative about Elijah's showdown with the prophets of Baal. In addition to sanitizing some details from the true story, this book also cuts some dramatic details for the sake of time, while still presenting the main event and main message.

The adapted text from Carl Laferton is short and simple, with just one or two sentences per page, and the illustrations from Catalina Echeverri are colorful and dramatic. This book involves selected text and images from the original book, but it doesn't feel choppy and reads as a seamless whole. However, the part about Jesus at the end feels abrupt, and I wanted more explanation here. The book says that because God wants us to know for sure who He is, He did something even more amazing by sending Jesus. Although the original book explains parallels between the story of Elijah and the story of Jesus, building on the idea more, the connection in this shortened version feels forced and creates an abrupt ending.

This book will appeal to fans of the Tales That Tell the Truth series, and it is appropriate for families and church contexts. However, because this book simplifies the story so greatly and doesn't adequately explain the connection to Jesus at the end, I am less impressed with this than I have been with other board book adaptations from the main series. Although this book will serve people who are very invested in this series and want simplified versions for younger children, I would mainly recommend the original, longer book.

Note: I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Feb 17, 2024

“Great Illustrations”

Just read this story in my Bible and it is fun to read it out loud to my toddler, complete with beautiful illustrations. It's a powerful story of God's glory. There of course is so much more to the surrounding story, but I was okay with just focusing on this "God Contest." I did feel like the ending was a little odd/ felt forced to make a connection of this OT story with Jesus. While Jesus is God and it is important to know that, it just felt unnatural to the storyline and makes the book read a bit off.

Feb 17, 2024

“BIG truths”

The cutest little boardbook for toddlers. Simple sentences and simple words introducing them to the BIG truth that God is the real God.

Feb 17, 2024

“Making Biblical Stories accessible to children!”

I’m so thankful for accessible resources that strive to faithfully convey rich Biblical stories to children. And this board book from The Good Book Company is one of those!
Taking a vibrant story of the power of God and maintaining the literal truth of the account, Carl Laferton tells the story of Elijah and Baal’s prophets story in a way that little minds can grasp. The unique illustrations by Catalina Echeverri really help bring it to life! I especially love how the story makes a connection to Jesus being God.

This would be helpful for toddlers in establishing a foundation of who God is, and also as a launching pad with which to have good discussions with older children.

Feb 16, 2024

“Age Appropriate Bible Story”

This board book tells the story of Elijah who challenged prophets in Israel in 1 Kings 18:20-40, asking them who is the real god - the Lord or Baal. Whoever can set fire to the wood is the real god.

This book is for children 3-6, so the author definitely made this book age appropriate, in my opinion. The story does not talk about the sacrificing of a bull or how the prophets self-harmed.
🖼️The book has beautiful pictures and is not super wordy. My 2 year old pays attention and is learning Scripture. This book also ties it back to Jesus in the end, connecting the God of the Old Testament to today.

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