As we approach Easter, I'm going to take this opportunity to recommend a very special children's book entitled The Lamb, which our family absolutely loves. I found this book as a new Christian, and even though it is specifically written for children, it was very helpful even for me in that it presents the profound truths of the gospel message in a very straightforward way. (And may I also note that any children's book that presents the Old Testament sacrificial system in a way that is understandable to children has got to at least be worth the price of admission.) The Lamb is a hardbound book and is recommended for ages 4 and up. Included in the price is an accompanying CD that presents the same message as in the book. From the publisher's website:
"Starting in Creation, God's caring nature is highlighted. Then, the problem of sin and its consequence is introduced when Adam and Eve disobey God. As the story progresses, the children learn that instead of being punished for their sin, people could bring a lamb as their substitute.
The kids are left in suspense, waiting for the climax (Easter Sunday), just as the people waited hundreds of years for the Saviour to come.
Easter morning, all of the story comes together as the final two chapters of The Lamb are covered. Students are introduced to Jesus, and they begin to realize that he is the Lamb of God. As the final dramatic events of Jesus' death, burial and resurrection unfold, the kids see the salvation message become clear."GoodSeed International, the company which publishes this book, also offers a "grown up"version of The Lamb which is titled The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus. I would also like to point out that the reading of these books does not require any knowledge of the Bible whatsoever on the part of the reader. For this reason, both of these books are wonderful tools for evangelizing anyone outside of the Christian faith tradition, as no prior understanding of Jesus, God, sin, hell, judgment, etc. is required.
I simply can't recommend these two books enough. I have given both many times as gifts to friends and family members.
Sample from The Lamb:
The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus - A Book That Connects The Dots (or, Systematic Theology For Dummies)