If He Had Not Come is a classic Christmas story that answers a little boy's wondering about what our world would be like if there had been no first Christmas. The classic story is retold in this volume by David Nicholson. The question of what it would be like in our world without Jesus' birth is a good one for people of all ages to ponder.
Having not read the original version I am not clear if this is simply an updated version with new illustrations or an all out retelling. That being said, this is not one of my favorite books I have ever reviewed. The text to illustration ratio and layout were a little off in the ebook version I was provided and I am curious what it would have looked like in print. Also, while it is absolutely true that hospitals, homeless shelters, orphanages and other social services have deep roots in Christian service, I think it is a vast oversimplification to say they would have ceased to exist without Christianity.
Included in the back matter of the book are discussion points for use in children's classes and beyond that could be done at home or in a group setting. The activities have several scripture references for further study as well.
Overall I would only recommend this book with a strong caution that it should be read with your children to avoid the development of some swayed understandings. I will choose to skip it with my kids, however, maybe asking the question without providing them with suggestions before they answer!
In exchange for an honest review, I was provided with a free copy of this book though the BookLook Bloggers Review program.