The God Contest Storybook

The True Story of Elijah, Jesus, and the Greatest Victory

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Bible storybook that shows young children how the God of the Bible proved himself to be the one true God.

Part of the Tales that Tell the Truth series.

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Kids today are faced with a huge range of different views on who God is (or isn't). How can they be sure who's got it right?

This beautifully illustrated hardback storybook for children aged 3-6 is written by Carl Laferton, author of The Garden, The Curtain and The Cross and God's Big Promises Bible Storybook.

It retells two extraordinary events in history when the God of the Bible proved himself to be the one true God. First it takes children back to Elijah's time and the gripping "God contest" between the God of the Bible, Yahweh, and the false god Baal. Then it fast-forwards to a different mountain and another "God contest" at an empty tomb.

Once the evidence is examined, it invites kids, in a world of so many options, to decide with confidence to join Team Jesus.

Free downloadable lesson plans, coloring and activity sheets make this a useful homeschool resource. 

A coloring and activity book and board book are also available.

In the first printing of this book, in 2021, there was an error in one of the illustrations. This was corrected in subsequent reprints. If you have a copy from 2021 that contains the error, and would like a corrected version, please contact us and we would be happy to provide one.

Product details


Age range: 3 - 6
Contributors Carl Laferton, Catalina Echeverri
ISBN 9781784984786
Format Hardback
First published January 2021
Dimensions 8.7" x 10.2" x 0.4"
Case quantity 34
Language English
Pages 32
Publisher The Good Book Company

Laura Wifler

Cofounder, Risen Motherhood

This has rapidly become one of the most beloved books in our home. My kids loved it and asked me to read it over and over again!

Joni Eareckson Tada

Joni and Friends International Disability Center

When it comes to telling kids how wonderful, powerful and real God is, my
friend Carl takes the prize—and he does it with words that sing and shine the truth. Even the whimsical illustrations grip the imagination! The God Contest will indelibly impress the timeless story of Elijah on Mt. Carmel upon the heart of every young reader. I love this book, and I give it a double thumbs-up!

John Onwuchekwa

Pastor, Cornerstone Church, Atlanta; author, Prayer: How Praying Together Shapes the Church

Good children’s books are easy for everyone to understand. The best children’s books leave everyone (the reader and the one being read to) in awe. That’s what The God Contest does. It’s not just the truth that shines through; it’s the beauty. This is how we cultivate the seeds of faith in the soil of our children’s hearts.

Independent reviews

‘The God Contest’ brings the Bible to life

Kayla Alonso, January 16th 2021

First of all, I love the take-away in this story. In my limited experience, when I have seen 1 Kings 18 taught to children, it often put an emphasis on prayer and Elijah’s trust in God. Which I think can be a good take-away, but it’s even more important to ask ourselves what this story says about God. And ‘The God Contest’ does a beautiful job of keeping the focus on God and what he is doing in this story.... continue reading



Caroline Saunders, January 3rd 2021

I am the biggest fan of this whole series, and The God Contest may be one of the best... It's a simple but brilliant retelling of Elijah and Jesus stories, and you will be floored by the powerful connections between the two narratives.... continue reading


"Our just-turned 4 year old loves being read The God Contest"

Robin Ham, January 18th 2021

We love The Good Company’s colourful, fun and engaging Tales That Tell The Truth series in our house, and The God Contest already looks set to be a favourite within that series.... continue reading

Customer reviews


“Jesus, yesterday, today, forever”

I really love how well the author ties the Old Testament into the New Testament and then into the application of today and forever of Jesus. Wonderfully written. We are enjoying building our collection of this series. I do question the text of the sewing contest girls dress. What is the context of her dress? Is it significant to the story? What was the illustrators intent to drawing those words and subject matter within this story? Genuinely curious and would like to know.

Thank you for your feedback. The newspaper cuttings used in that illustration were taken from a stock image and inadvertently contained wording we would not have used had we noticed it. When it was first drawn to our attention, we reworked the illustration of the sewing contest girl’s dress so that those words were blurred and made illegible. So later printings of this book don’t contain this problem. We apologise for any upset or inconvenience. Again, thanks for the feedback.


“Excellent book!”

Absolutely love this book! Please release images for these too so that I can read it out to children at church. Thank you for a great resource!

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The God Contest Storybook | Carl Laferton, Catalina Echeverri |
$16.99 $14.44