A Must Read – Children’s Book Review by Lisa Brown


I enjoy reading books to my children and when Janis Cox our Community Mentor Mom shared  The Kingdom of Thrim with me I was thrilled.  I think it’s hard to find good books for children that teach life lessons that include God. 

 Janis did an awesome job writing this story and I’m delighted to recommend this book. 

The Kingdom of Thrim is a children’s story that teaches the lesson of what happens when we don’t seek God before making decisions. The main character, Yoj is a happy and loved man in his town who makes dolls. One day, a stranger comes into town and gives Yoj the opportunity to make more money than what he was making. Without asking God, friends or family Yoj decides to follow the stranger. He is taken from his world of delight and into a dark world. In this place he realizes what he left behind matters more than anything else in life. And that is – Joy, friends, and relationship are more important than money.


 I would recommend this to readers of all ages. 

The Kingdom of Thrim is a story that we can all relate to and the message speaks truth to our hearts.

Who hasn’t made a decision without first seeking God’s will first?   Who hasn’t ended up in a grey and sad place?  We all have and it’s a lonely place.  It’s so important to teach our kids to consult God first when making decisions. This book also shows God’s grace and how God helps us turn things around for the good.

God gives us great gifts to share with others and when we are in His will we experience overflowing excitement.  Kids learn through this story that they matter to God and that God has plans for us.  We can help our kids at a young age understand that God created them to be talented and that they have gifts to share.  My son told me after I read him the book, “This book sure makes me want to be creative!”

Janis Cox is also the illustrator and she has done a beautiful job! There are activities included to do with your child after reading the book like making your own Kingdom of Thrim out of Lego!

Justin who is 7 years old desires to seek God’s will for his life. He prays often for God to show him.  This story definitely shows him that God has good plans for us.     

 It’s a wonderful family read and reminder that what we do in life does matters.

This story makes me think at a deeper level and question my choices.  Am I living my life with zeal and am I living out God’s plan for me?   The answer is yes.  I can’t believe all the things that try to move me and distract me.   It’s so important to stay focused on God and take time out to be still before Him.

I just love this book!!!!    I’m pretty sure you and your kids will too!!! 





About Janis

In 2001, Janis gave her life to Christ. She started journaling as a way to organize her thoughts, feelings, and prayers. She is a member of two cross-Canadian Christian writers’ groups, The Word Guild and Inscribe Christian Writers Fellowship. In 2012 she published an award-winning children’s book, Tadeo TurtleHer new book, The Kingdom of Thrim, was published June 2016.
She podcasts on Hope Stream Radio, an Internet radio station. Her talk Growing Through God’s Word can be heard each Tuesday.
Janis loves to tell others about what God has done and is doing in her life.
Janis can be reached on her website, Growing Through God’s Word and on FacebookPinterest and Twitter.
Please join her at Word of God Speak Facebook Group to learn more about memorizing Scripture through art. Please click to get 2 Free Ebooks, Living Life – One Word at a Time and Five Ways God Changed Me.

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