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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Review: Seasons of Faith from CBH Ministries

CBH Ministries, known for the Children’s Bible Hour radio program, has produced a series of 4 books based on radio scripts from that program. Each book includes a cd with an audio recording of “Uncle Charlie” reading the book, complete with tones that indicate when to turn the page. The books are built upon the idea that there are different Seasons of Faith, with various challenges that can be overcome through the love of our Savior, Jesus Christ. You can read CBH Ministries’ statement of faith here.

As a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew I received the 4 books from CBH Ministries Seasons of Faith Series for review purposes. I received no other compensation. This review reflects my honest opinions.


Race with Midnight, illustrated by Robert Sauber- Becky is eager to share her Christian faith with her cousin, but anxious about being up to the task. This is the Spring Season, when “Christians begin to share the Salvation message with others.” (Text in quotes comes from the books' back copy.)


You Can’t Come In, illustrated by Robert Sauber- Zack discovers that just as he needs help to remove the mud from his clothes before he can enter his home, he needs Jesus to wash away his sins before he can enter heaven. This is the Summer Season, “when faith grows under God’s love and care.”


Seventy Times Seven, illustrated by John White- Brad learns first-hand the consequences of being an “unforgiving servant.” This is the Autumn Season. “Times of struggle and temptation, peer pressure, making mistakes and scary transitions happen in this season.”


Braving the Storm, illustrated by John White- Carlos’ family is going through a difficult time in their lives of upheaval and change, and learning to count their blessings after the storm is over. This is the Winter Season, when God “teaches us to lean on Him for comfort and peace.”

These are 10” x 8.5” paperbacks with glossy covers and heavy weight pages. Sound quality on the cds is good, with plenty of tracks, making it easy to find your place if you have to pause.

Illustration styles vary widely when it comes to children’s books and I’ll admit there are many children’s books I simply don’t like the looks of. John White’s illustrations are fine, not outstanding, but nice. Our family simply didn’t care for Robert Sauber’s illustrations, but I thought I would include an example so you can see what you think:


The stories themselves are told in a simple style, easy to understand. I appreciate the positive messages, but the characters are a bit flat and unrealistic in how easily they change their attitudes to come around to the right way of thinking from one page to the next. Of course, the point is to make a point. Perhaps that’s why the books didn’t really appeal to my family. We’re more accustomed to reading books whose primary goal is to tell a story. The point, in the hands of a gifted author, tends to make itself known without the author having to tell you what it is.

Each book ends with a page that presumably would be the end of each Children’s Bible Hour---how to get saved. The doctrine portrayed in these books is not in line with Catholic teaching, though I don’t think reading them is a problem for children grounded in their faith. We skipped the “getting saved” message at the end. The first two books are on witnessing place more emphasis on doctrine, whereas the other two place more emphasis on finding strength and wisdom in the Bible.

Each Seasons of Faith book is available from CBH Ministries for $10.

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