A little girl’s desire to visit the ultimate theme park parallels God’s promise in John 3:16, giving parents a unique way of sharing the gospel with their children.Publishers Description
No ordinary children's book, "Lola Mazola's Happyland Adventure" gives parents a very special do-it-yourself way of leading kids to Christ through the doorway of John 3:16. The adorable title character learns the meaning and truth of John 3:16 in relation to her desperate desire to visit the Happyland theme park. Who wouldn't want to go? Happyland boasts sixty rides, twenty shows, three hotels, two lakes, a water park, and a zoo After the story, a suggested prayer guides children to receive Christ's promise of salvation and everlasting life, while Lola invites them to sign and date a commemorative certificate, cementing this special moment in their memories. Best-selling author Robert J. Morgan has told this story to children for years and personally witnessed hundreds of them in turn express faith in Jesus.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.45" Width: 8.21" Height: 0.39"
Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2008
Publisher Broadman And Holman
Availability 0 units.
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|A Child's Lifeline Feb 18, 2010|
|This is a precious little book in simple language for a child to know and experience God's love for them and for them to accept Christ as their Saviour and to grow in that love. A must have for young children and a book they will treasure as they sign and date it.|
|Wonderful kids book on salvation Apr 18, 2009|
|Rob Morgan was my pastor for many years in Nashville, TN until I married and moved away. I don't have any kids of my own, but when I heard he had written this book I immediately started buying copies for friends with small children. I read the book before giving it away and was impressed with Bro Rob's writing style for kids. I highly recommend it!!|
|Lola Mazola's Happyland Adventure Oct 28, 2008|
|Appreciate the communication and attention of seller. Book was received in excellent condition and in a timely manner.|
|Kid friendly message of salvation Aug 5, 2008|
|I have never written a review before but felt I needed to after reading this book to my children. This book is a great tool to explain to children how to become a Christian. My children loved the story and we talked indepth about the meaning of John 3:16. Thanks to the author for writing this book. It made a very serious topic easy for my children to understand.|
|God's plan of salvation clearly defined for your minds Jan 27, 2008|
|Through creative storytelling, inviting illustrations and the occasional running rhyme, this book parallels a young girl's desire for a trip to a theme park with our opportunity to go to Heaven.|
It begins with a young girl, Lola Mazola, begging her father for money to go to Happyland. The brochure tells of a wonderful place with rides, shows, lakes hotels, a water park and a zoo! But her daddy doesn't have the money. He tries to sell a painting so that she can go, but no one buys a painting that day.
The next day Lola goes to Sunday School where her teacher, who is also her Uncle Tom Tweed, teaches the class about John 3:16. He examines the verse little by little from the beginning, answering all the children's questions.
* WHO IS GOD? "He made trees and plants. Bees and ants. And fleas and seas and knees and peas. And bumblebees and chimpanzees." Though we can't see God, He is all around us and He loves us very much.
* WHAT IS THE WORLD? The planet earth and all that it contains, including you and me.
* WHO IS GOD'S SON? is: Jesus. Lola's uncle tells the class about Jesus' birth; how He grew up to be a man, a teacher and a preacher. "He was perfect. Perfectly perfect." Then he tells of Jesus' death and resurrection.
* WHY DID JESUS DIE AND RETURN TO LIFE? "For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish ..."
* WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO PERISH? The teacher talks about Heaven and how it is God's happy land; how it is so much better than here. "It's perfect. Perfectly perfect." "To perish means never getting to go to God's happy land."
* WHY WOULD WE BE PREVENTED FROM GOING TO HEAVEN? "Because we have all broken God's rules in the Bible ... But since Jesus died on the cross, God can forgive us ... Then we can go to His perfect place."
* HOW DO WE GET THIS FREE GIFT? We believe in Him.
* WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BELIEVE? Put your trust in Jesus to cover our sins and believe God wants us to spend eternity with Him. It also means living your life with Him as Lord, seeking to obey His commands.
Finally, Lola's uncle gives the class a sample prayer they can pray along with their own copy of John 3:16 to take home with them.
When Lola gets home, she is still upset about not being able to go to Happyland. That is, until Uncle Tom surprises her with a gift: $100! It's enough for her to go! As she packs her bags, she tells her father it's the nicest thing anyone has ever done for her. He reminds her: "Not quite ..." Her father opens his Bible to John 3:16 then tells Lola again of the gift God gave her: eternal life if she will believe in Jesus.
As bonus features, this book offers a letter to parents at the beginning and notes in the back for the whole family. A certificate is included for kids to sign and date when they choose to believe in Jesus. Finally, a "Now what?" section which offers four practical tips for helping believers grow their faith and relationship with Jesus.
What I Like:This is the first children's book I've seen that so clearly details God's plan of salvation in such a logical manner! I love the step-by-step (inductive) study of this verse. It's beautifully accurate and age-appropriate. The running rhymes and sporadic repetition are fun to read and hear! The illustrations by Glin Dibley are friendly and colorful. Finally, the front and back matter are excellent.
What I Dislike: This is not a dislike, but ... Scripture quotations are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible - a version likely unfamiliar to most. It was distracting and cumbersome at times because I've memorized John 3:16 in different, more common versions.
Overall Rating: Excellent
Tanya -- Christian Children's Book Review
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