“Through the Kingdom Series and Knights of Arrethrae books, I have tried to capture the story of God’s love for mankind and the spiritual battle for the souls of people in a way that will inspire the youth and adults. I have been looking for a book that will do the same for children. The Love That Is True by Paul Chilson is such a book! Your child will see God’s love and His plan for us through this beautifully illustrated book of rhyme, pictures, and song. This powerful book will be a keepsake in your home, one which I wish I’d had for my own children!”
5-star App ★★★★★
“I really enjoyed this app. I think it explains the word of God to children in a fun and interactive way. The pictures depict good and evil forces that are constantly trying to pull us to their side. I think that is hard for children to understand, and even more difficult for PARENTS to teach. I think this book opens up a lot of questions and topics to talk with children about, each page is information that plants a seed of hope. Thank you to the authors! And thank You to God for the author’s interpretation.”
“This is one of the most beautiful books I have encountered in a long time. It was a wonderful way to share eternal truths with my grandchildren who were as fascinated by the beautiful animations as I was. The bonus extras, colouring, games etc were also well received by the grandchildren. This is a brilliant book. Thank you”
– by CrazyOldCatLady – ★★★★★
The Love That Is True skillfully delivers the profound truth of Christian Doctrine and God s true love for mankind with integrity and brilliant simplicity in this melodic lyrical poem for children of all ages.
– Athena Boulgarides, Western Regional Officer, ChildFund International
The Love That is True: The Adventure of God’s Love Through All Time” is a beautiful illustrated Christian story of creation with discussion questions and Bible references on each page. Designed for children ages 3-10, “The Love That Is True” presents vivid portraits of scriptural information, stressing the power of love and forgiveness, and ends with an appealing score of a piano vocal song of the same title as the book.
– Midwest Book Review
The Love That Is True, written by Paul Chilson, is about God’s love.
But, it is more than that. The author starts the book by describing the time before the Creation. He tells readers God “wanted to share The Love That Is True,” so he created the universe and all that is in it. The text continues with the stories of Adam and Eve, Jesus’ birth and his life, the Crucifixion and the Resurrection. The book ends with the good news that when our life on earth is over, we will share “God’s love: The Love That Is True.”
The text is written in rhyme. Each verse is on a separate two-page layout with a Biblical reference for the text. All but two of them also include a discussion question about the verse. For instance, one verse reads like this:
“The bad angels tell us God’s love isn’t true,
That God couldn’t possibly love me or you.
Rejecting God’s love makes our soft hearts turn hard.
We sin and grow hollow, lonely, and scarred.”
The discussion question is: “Do you ever forget that God loves you?”
There is a music score near the end of the book. Each verse in the book can be sung to the written melody. The author also includes a list of Bible References at the end of the book.
The illustrations by Ruslan Sivachov are bright and vivid and very eye-catching.
What I Like: The book has a great message about God’s love and how it relates to our lives. I also like the comprehensiveness of the text with Bible references and discussion questions for nearly every verse.
What I Dislike: As many of you know, I’m not a big fan of rhyming text as it is difficult to do well. For the most part, the rhyme scheme is okay for the text of this book, but the rhythm is off in several places. I think the book would be stronger written in prose, not verse.
As mentioned, the illustrations are bright and vivid and eye-catching, and I like most of them. However, when angels are depicted, they look more like bendable pieces of gelatin than angels. The illustrations for the text right before the verse where Jesus is born shows modern-day people doing various things, but the illustrations for the next several verses depict people from Biblical times, making the time-sequence a bit awkward. And, the illustration for heaven shows winged horses flying around what looks like a castle, making the whole image seem like a fantasy.
Overall Rating: Good.
Christine M. Irvin – Christian Children’s Book Review