Encourage your children’s sense of wonder and faith with I Can Only Imagine for Little Ones, inspired by the hit song by MercyMe. This delightful board book will capture your family’s childlike faith and imagination.
I Can Only Imagine for Little Ones asks questions a child might ask about God and invites families to wonder together: What is heaven like? What does God do? What would it be like to spend a day with Jesus? Children will see that although experiencing the glory of heaven may be far off, we can enjoy a friendship with Jesus every day - right here on earth. Whimsical, playful illustrations and thought-provoking questions make this a book families will cherish.
Fun and vibrant illustrations offer a vivid visual and will help your children see that God can be found everywhere, every day.
The more I imagine, the more I wish I knew.
I wonder, would God like pancakes with extra syrup too?
And if God and I spent the day together, what exactly would we do?
Would God feel what I feel? Would He see what I see?
Would He like to explore and see the world with me?
The Christian worship song “I Can Only Imagine” touched countless lives with its glorious representation of being in the presence of God, and this beautifully illustrated board book invites you and your little ones to imagine those same wonders. Share the joy of a personal relationship with the Lord with your family today through the creative, faith-filled book I Can Only Imagine for Little Ones.
|Publisher:||Nelson, Thomas, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||7.80(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||3 Months to 4 Years|
About the Author
Bart Millard is a founding member and lead singer of the multi-platinum selling contemporary Christian band MercyMe. He is married to his childhood sweetheart, Shannon. They reside in Franklin, TN along with their children Sam, Gracie, Charlie, Sophie and Miles.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I Can Only Imagine for Little Ones is written by Bart Millard who is the lead singer of a Christian band called "Mercy Me". Many years ago he wrote the song "I Can Only Imagine" which speaks of how one might react being before God in the kingdom of Heaven. This book seeks the same questions as that song but in a way, a child might ask and wonder about. I love how the faith, awe, and wonder of a child is captured within the pages of this board book. It starts with a young boy gazing out his window in the morning imagining what we would do in Heaven. The story follows this boy throughout his day as he meets with friends, builds forts, plays in the lake, enjoys ice cream on a Summer day, sits around a campfire, plays with his dog, and so forth. Some of the questions, imaginings for the child character include wondering about houses and rooms in heaven, pondering what God thinks is fun, thinking about the music in heaven, and if we'll be able to sit on God's knee. The book is an easy read-a-loud. I didn't find myself tripping over words. The text is displayed in a way that you can point out words or make them stand out a bit more while you are reading to a child. Little things like this make for a more engaging storybook for young children. The illustrations are colorful and fun to look at. I like how the characters emotions and feeling are captured very well for the scene they are in. The book is geared toward children ages 0-4 and I feel that's perfect for this book. My two and a half-year-old has brought me this book to read to her many times. She likes the illustrations of the children eating great big ice creams, the mom reading a story to the kids, and swimming the lake the best. The story wraps up reminding children that even though we can wonder and long for our time in Heaven with God, that He is still with us in our hearts here where we are and we can spend time with him every day! I received this book in exchange for an honest review from BookLookBloggers.
After loving the song and seeing the movie, I couldn’t resist checking out this book adapted for children. I loved its approach of dreaming aloud with your kids what Heaven will be like some day. It encourages great conversation about our kids’ relationship with Jesus. With that being said, however, there were times the playful, childish questions felt too simple and superficial. The reality of seeing Jesus face to face certainly goes much deeper than what is depicted here, but the heart behind the book still felt sincere. My 2-year-old wanted me to keep reading it to her over and over. I foresee this being a keeper on her bookshelf for years to come.
Written by Bart Millard and Laura Nuetzling, I Can Only Imagine follows a child's imaginings of what God must be like. What types of games does Jesus like to play? Does he like the same types of ice cream that I do? Would he like to race with me? The book goes through the fanciful questions that little children ask, addressing the everyday concerns and wonderings of a preschooler. While I found the book to be sweet and light hearted, I struggled with how shallow it felt. On the one hand, it's important to teach our children that they can enjoy their everyday day delights with God now. That He's not a distant God, but one who is always with them. On the other hand, a friendship with God is so much more than ice cream and wagon rides. It's learning, growing worshipping. Where are those ideas? So while I thought this book was sweet, it was definitely lacking. I would recommend searching for a book that is less self-focused and has more substance. *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
The Christian worship song “I Can Only Imagine” touched countless lives with its glorious representation of being in the presence of God. Encourage your children’s sense of wonder and faith with I Can Only Imagine, inspired by the hit song by MercyMe. This beautiful picture book will capture your family’s childlike faith and imagination. This book was published earlier this year, I received a Digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. The book begins with the beginning lyrics of the song, I can only imagine what it will be like When I walk, by your side I can only imagine what my eyes will see When you face is before me I can only imagine From the publisher: I Can Only Imagine asks questions a child might ask and invites families to wonder together: What is heaven like? What does God do? What would it be like to spend a day with Jesus? Children will see that although experiencing the glory of heaven may be far off, we can enjoy a friendship with Jesus every day - right here on earth. Whimsical, playful illustrations and thought-provoking questions make this a book one that families will cherish for a longtime. Being fans of the band, Mercy Me my daughter and I were familiar with the song lyrics and enjoyed how the book lines up with the message of what heaven will be like. In fact, my daughter said right away, "this is just like that song!" I really like this picture book and the way that it assists young minds with all of their questions about heaven. My children have asked similar questions that the book lists "Will we all live in our house together in heaven? Will I have a dog? Do I have to attend Sunday School?" This helps children know their questions are important and adds value to their curiosity. Giving them this validation gives them permission to speak freely and continue seeking answers. This skill is valuable for all of their learning throughout life; at home, at school, and at church. The author, Bart Millard is a founding member and lead singer of the multi-platinum selling contemporary Christian band, MercyMe. He is married to his childhood sweetheart, Shannon. They reside in Franklin, TN along with their children Sam, Gracie, Charlie, Sophie and Miles. I Can Only Imagine (picture book, novel, and movie) follows the life of Bart Millard who lost his father to cancer and was inspired to write the mega-hit song. I Can Only Imagine delivers a message of hope with those who seek reassurance in the face of the insurmountable.
I Can Only Imagine (Picture Book) A Friendship with Jesus Now and Forever By Bart Millard with Laura Neutzling; Illustrated by Sumiti Collina Published by Thomas Nelson is a new book based on the well known inspirational song writer Bart Millard's music. The picture book is filled with colorful, bold illustrations that will introduce young children to the concept of heaven in simple understandable terms. Each page spread of this picture book, assists in encouraging a child to imagine what heaven would be like. Based on everyday experiences, a child is encouraged to imagine "what if" scenarios based on pleasant experiences. While the ideas may seem simplistic and grounded based on worldly experiences, this book makes a good spring board for a discussion about heaven, death and faith. This book will appeal to families who have a basic understanding of bible concepts. I feel this book reinforces stereotypes of what heaven may be like. Nevertheless the significance of this book is that it will encourage young readers and families to explore their own views of heaven and possibly to seek out the truth based what the bible has to say about heaven. I feel this picture book will create a yearning for some readers and even their parents to learn even more about heaven. As a blogger for BookLook I received a copy of this book for the copy of writing this review.
This story is beautifully crafted with delightful illustrations in which the child is asking questions about his relationship with Jesus. Just what will it be like in Heaven? Will Jesus play with the children? What does God think is fun? With each page, you have the opportunity to "imagine" with your child. This book requires a perfect location for snuggling up. The discussions are only limited by the number of times you snuggle and read. Sweet moments of lovingly helping them know the Love of Jesus will be the best moments of your day or evening. Blessings, MrsK
Thank You, dear God, for keeping me close. Being with You is what I like most. We know You. We love You. We’ll be there together. Each day will be happy in heaven forever,” rhymes Bart Millard of MercyMe with Laura Neutzling in his children’s book, I Can Only Imagine: A Friendship with Jesus Now and Forever. ~ What ~ This unnumbered thirty-two-page oversized hardbound targets children four to eight years old, especially those who like reading or listening to rhymes about God, Jesus, and Heaven. With no profanity or scary scenes, the Christian book contains colorful, expressive illustrations on every page. Due to some complicated wording, it would best be read out loud to beginner readers. In this short story that covers four to six rhyming lines per each opened pages, a little boy imagines what God and Heaven are like as he goes through his day. From waking up and wondering if he will wear a scratchy robe in eternity and getting combing his messy hair to eating breakfast, enjoying the outdoors, playing with friends, listening to the Bible being read, and more, he ponders if the Almighty deals with the same situations. While considering God and His Son, the boy lets his imagination explore many facets of God and beyond. ~ Why ~ This is a thoughtful book for the child who is starting to understand there is life after death. I like that the boy continually questions if God can do the same things he can and how God is different than we are. The colorful drawings are detailed and expressive, easily keeping the attention of young ones. ~ Why Not ~ Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not appreciate this book. Some may think it “dumb downs” God when the boy asks if His tummy grumbles, if He loves to play ball, and if He has a pet. Beginner readers may have issues with some of the two- and three-syllable words. ~ Wish ~ While I understand the writer’s point of reference coming from a child’s viewpoint, I hope parents can explain that eternity will fall short of what any of us imagine. ~ Want ~ If your child is asking questions about God and Heaven, this would be a good choice to start the dialogue about eternity, but it does not give the plan of salvation. Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for the complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review. This book will be available