Book Review of Glenn D. Bridges'

Dreaming with the Angels

By: David Lyda (From: Volume 2 - Issue 4)
(All photos courtesy of Glenn D. Bridges.)

Author Glenn D. Bridges’ first book is a brief, easy to understand exploration of the life of Jesus. Dreaming with the Angels: The Life of Jesus Told by God’s Special Agents focuses on presenting the Gospel to children at a sixth-grade level. As the title implies, the story is told through scriptural accounts of angels. Both good and evil angels are discussed, and the book shows how they appear in many ways, like in dreams.

It’s interesting to see how many accounts of angels are present in the New Testament. We may think about the incidents with Mary and Joseph, but it can be easy to forget about the angels ministering to Jesus after the Temptation and in the Garden. Dreaming with the Angels does not focus heavily on the evil angels (demons), so you shouldn’t have to worry too much about your children having nightmares. The presentation is still factual and does not shy away from the prospect of Hell for non-believers. Salvation is explained in simple terms, and I really enjoyed the brief description of why we can’t go to Heaven without Jesus. As sinners “if we went to Heaven as we are right now, Heaven would no longer be perfect. Thus, God put a plan in motion.”

The beginning of the book shows how Jesus fulfilled Old Testament prophecies, and this is something that even seasoned Saints may not always be familiar with. Further scripture accounts are applied in practical ways. The story of the young Jesus in the temple shows that He already knew scriptures, and it is never too early for children to learn the Bible too. Bridges intended this book to be used in educational opportunities, and it does a good job of teaching young readers.

Scriptural accuracy can be an issue with some children’s books. Dreaming with the Angels received the Theologically Sound approval by LifeWay Christian Bookstore and gives a nice chronological telling of the story of Jesus. Only a few minor things come up in the book. When speaking of the Last Supper, it states that Jesus passed wine around. The Gospels only describe the drink as the fruit of the vine, and there is historical evidence that unfermented grape juice was also used in Passover. This mention of wine may confuse young readers on the subject of alcohol. Jesus’ mother is mentioned as one of the first women at the tomb, but most scholars agree that this Mary was the mother of the disciple James the Less. The last issue is in regards to the age of accountability. It is listed as the age as twelve, but this is extra biblical information. The Bible does support an age of accountability, but it is nowhere explicitly stated and is likely different from person to person.

Dreaming with the Angels closes with scriptural explanations of salvation and baptism. It also features quick references of the Lord’s Prayer, the Ten Commandments, and a list of all the books of the Bible. The theme of angels can be lost in the content if the reader does not pay particular attention to it, but the goal is clear. Children need to know that Jesus Christ came to earth so those that believe could live with Him in Heaven one day. The core message of the Bible is easy to understand, but theological points can be hard to grasp and even harder to explain. The Trinity alone has caused great thinkers to admit that they don’t understand everything. Glenn D. Bridges does an excellent job of presenting the Gospel in an easy and accessible way for children. Dreaming with the Angels would be a worthy addition to any library.