Most kids get a thrill out of a lively competition. The book The God Contest: The True Story of Elijah, Jesus, and the Greatest Victory invites young school-age children to learn about the prophet Elijah and his contest with the prophets of Baal—which ended in victory. The author uses this engaging story to fast-forward to another victory—Jesus’ victory over sin and death on the cross.
Young children will enjoy the bright, colorful illustrations and the charming, energetic characters that bring this ancient story (from 1 Kings 18:16-40) to life. Using language kids will easily understand, the author tells how Team Baal frantically gives their best effort against Team Yahweh at Mount Carmel. The God Contest then leaps forward several centuries to the final God contest and Jesus’ ultimate victory on Mount Zion. In both contests, not everyone liked the results, and some who’d initially rallied around the victorious hero quickly lost interest. It’s a poignant reminder of how easily some reject the Gospel or gradually turn from faith.
The final page of the book provides Scriptural references from Exodus 3 to Luke 24 that explain how we know about the God contests. You’ll discover many fun opportunities to lead early grammar-school-age children from the illustrated pages of The God Contest to the rich truths of Scripture. Discuss the popular debate about whether there’s one God, multiple gods, or no gods at all. Launch biblical conversations about topics like God’s sovereign power, idol worship, eternal life, spiritual blindness, genuine faith, and the importance of Bible study, just to name a few. The story even ends with a challenge that asks young listeners, “What will you decide?” It’s the perfect opening for parents, teachers, or any adult to share the Gospel with the youngsters in their care.
Understandable and entertaining, this delightful hardcover storybook is sure to become a household favorite. It’s never too early to introduce children to the one true Almighty God and His Word. The God Contest can help open that door.