From bestselling author Angie Smith comes her second children’s book, For Such a Time as This, a Bible storybook for girls that features 40 biblical retellings from prominent women in both the Old and New Testament. Illustrated once more by Breezy Brookshire, For Such A Time As This is the pair’s second children’s book together following the success of Audrey Bunny.For Such a Time as This illuminates the stories from the perspective of prominent women of the Bible, including Eve, Sarah & Hagar, Esther, Mary Magdalene, Gomer, and more with vivid and historical accuracy. Girls aged 6 to 10 will enjoy learning about God through the recounts of the Bible’s heroines and stunning illustrations. Summaries at the end of each story highlight the attribute of God to be learned and offer thoughtful reflections for both parent and child to takeaway.
Young girls will be intrigued by the stories of famous, infamous, and obscure women of the bible as retold by Angie Smith in her new book For Such A Time as This. Famous women like Sarai, Rahab, Ruth, and Mary, the mother of Jesus, play key roles in the lineage of Christ. Infamous women like Delilah, Jezebel, and Herodias confirm that God’s plans cannot be thwarted. I particularly enjoyed the more obscure biblical characters like Abigail, the widow of Zarephath (1 Kings 17; 2 Kings 4), Gomer (Hosea), Anna, and Priscilla, because their lives are often overlooked by other children’s books, yet God saw fit to include them in scripture.
Each story is packed with a treasure trove of information, biblical truths, and life applications. Most importantly, they draw attention to the character of God. In light of this, the publisher recommends the book for children ages 6-10. In my opinion, some six year olds may lose interest either in the length of each story, or due to the weightiness of the message (it may be over their heads). On the other end of the spectrum, I would say that girls as old as 14 would enjoy this book. It would make a wonderful selection for older siblings to read to younger ones – both would benefit.
I would like to give a nod of appreciation Angie Smith for the way she has equipped parents to share these stories. My favorite detail was how she defined terms like: sovereign, covenant, omnipotent, transcendent, and righteous. These terms are repeated in a lot in Christian circles, aren’t always explained accurately to our children. Parents and children will connect deeper with the stories by completing the “He, Me, She” portions that follow each story.
- “He” – describes an attribute or characteristic of God found in the story.
- “Me” – is the life application portion that I alluded to before.
- “She” – contains a scripture-based prayer that adults can pray over their daughter.
Lastly, beautiful pencil and watercolor sketches by Breezy Brookshire make the stories spring to life.
For Such a Time as This by Angie Smith is a treasure that would make a lovely gift, devotional, or keepsake for a special young girl in your life. I give it 5/5 stars.
**I received this book free as a member of the Family Christian Blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Angie Smith is the wife of Todd Smith (lead singer of Dove Award winning group Selah), author of I Will Carry You, What Women Fear, and Mended. She is one of the most popular speakers and blog writers in the country. She holds a Master’s degree in Developmental Psychology from Vanderbilt University and lives with her husband and daughters in Nashville, TN.