In all of the teaching and speaking and writing we do here at the Institute around the topic of vocation, one thing is certainly true: theology matters. It matters for countless reasons, of course, but a significant one is that theology is the fount from which our understanding about vocation will flow. It is how we make sense of our place in the cosmos: where we are, where we have come from, where we are going, and what it is all about.
And this is why I am profoundly glad that the wildly gifted and deeply orthodox Sally Lloyd-Jones has given us yet another gift in her new devotional book for children, Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing (Zondervan 2012). Many of you will know – and have been blessed by – her earlier Jesus Storybook Bible, which offers the most winsome account of the biblical narrative that I have yet encountered for children. It has long been a staple in our house as my husband and I seek to woo our own three young children into the wonder of the gospel narrative. Likewise, I have yet to find a better resource to offer any new Christian or seeker who is trying to make sense of how the Bible fits together. In this companion set of devotional readings, it is that same winsomeness, that same beauty, that same cleverness and wit, which woos in that wonderfully familiar way. In our work, which tends to focus on adults, it is rare that we encounter resources for children that we would recommend, yet we are also aware that the Bible stories handed down to children are typically some of the most formative stories that give shape to how adults understand their life and work.
Whether or not those stories are well told matters to grown-up men and women who still carry those stories in their heart. In Thoughts to Make your Heart Sing, Lloyd-Jones not only offers a rich and wondrous collection of devotional readings to remind both young and old how deep is God’s love, how wondrous is His grace, how big is His world; she also offers an antidote to bad or anemic theology that may linger from years of well-intended but perhaps less-than-perfect Sunday school efforts.
Go get yourself a copy, preferably from our preferred and most beloved of all booksellers, Byron Borger at Hearts and Minds Books in PA.