Author: Mark S. Nielsen (Twitter, Facebook)
Format: Hardcover (32 pages)
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All around the world, Latter-day Saint children go to church, sing songs, pray, read scriptures, participate in family home evening, and get baptized. We may meet in different types of buildings or speak different languages, but we have a lot in common. Why? Because no matter where we live, we all love and believe in Jesus, and He loves each one of us just the same. Are you like Pablo, Dimitri, Bayani, Junpei, and Shamara? Do you believe in Jesus too? Summary from Dust Jacket
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I Believe in Jesus Too is meant to show LDS children that not all kids go to church in the same buildings, speak the same language, etc., but they all believe in Jesus which shows that they’re the same even with all their differences. I really enjoyed this concept, but the book felt very repetitive and almost a little bit shallow. I wanted to know more about the children and why they went to church where they did. I thought this book could’ve really taught children about different countries and their culture, but I thought that it fell a little bit short in that arena.
Having said that, though, I think that young children will enjoy this book. They’ll enjoy listening to the stories of other children and seeing where they go to church, where they’re baptized, etc. But, as they get older, they’ll probably start feeling like I do and start asking why things are the way they are.
The story was illustrated by Craig Stapley and I absolutely loved the artwork. The portraits are beautiful and they beautifully depict the child and his/her surroundings!