Book Reviews

Book Review: I Can by Kathryn O’Brien


With a repetitive, rhythmic introduction of Philippians 4:13 (“I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength”), I Can turns Bible memorization from a duty to a delight for children, using the author’s unique teaching strategy. This purposeful presentation of Scripture will help children memorize, understand, and absorb passages as the author presents this powerful verse one word at a time, teaching the meaning of each individual word before presenting the entire passage. I Can builds a meaningful connection between God’s Word and a child’s life experiences, laying a foundation for a love and comprehension of Scripture. Parents and children will enjoy interacting together over the passage.

What I Loved: I can’t say enough good things about this book. First of all, the illustrations are colorful and charming. I Can packs a powerful message in a small sized chunk which makes it easy for young readers to read and something quick for busy parents. The repetition makes the verse easy to memorize, but I especially loved how they broke down parts of the verse and explained the meaning of the words as they went along. The gospel is clearly presented in the book earning extra brownie points from this momma.

Rating and Recommendation: I’m giving it 5 stars and I recommend it for all parents of younger children, birth – 7.

~I received a copy from Tyndale House in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. 

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