Gemma Willis & Emma Randall – Diary of a Disciple: Luke’s Story

I bought this book thinking I was just reading it to check if it would be okay for our Sunday School/Youth Group kids, but actually I ended up loving it for myself too!

This beautifully designed hardback book is a re-telling of Luke’s Gospel, aimed at children and perfect for them to read either by themselves or with their parent or in a group.

I really liked the informal style of the writing which made it feel really relatable, it was kind of like being read a bedtime story by Luke himself. I think that the style of writing would make it really easy for children to get to grips with and for them to memorise parts of it too.

The text on the pages is well spaced out so that the pages are not overwhelming, which does make the book feel thicker that it might otherwise be, but it was a quick read for me, I read the whole thing in 2 sittings. For a child it would obviously take longer, but it’s a book that they could treasure.

I loved how the author/illustrator drew attention to certain words within the text by drawing them larger or illustrating around them, there were many times when that little detail really changed the way I felt about the sentence I was reading in a way that I have never got from a Bible.

That probably shows me that I need to slow down when reading my Bible and see what happens when I place focus on different words, but this style really helped.

I would really recommend this for any children’s groups. It was written so that you could just pick out a specific part for reading within the group if the whole book is too much, and I’ll definitely be thinking of ways to incorporate it into my groups.

My rating: 5/5Average rating: 4.2
352 pages. Published in: 2016
Read in Hardbackon 28th July 2018 – 29th July 2018

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