I have never been impressed, really, preferring the real thing to the cheesy, cartoony pages of children's Bibles. And now, I have purposed to buy it for every child's birthday or baby shower that comes across my calendar. And God put it into words, too, and wrote it in a book called "the Bible." Now, some people think the bible is a book of rules, telling you what you should and shouldn't do. Other people think the Bible is a book of heroes, showing you people you should copy. No, the Bible isn't a book of rules, or a book of heroes. The Bible is most of all a Story. The Story of how God loves his children and comes to rescue them. It takes the whole Bible to tell this Story. Every Story in the Bible whispers his name.
I love every aspect of this Bible. The Story of how God loves his children and comes to rescue them." She goes on to say that the center of the story is a baby who is like the missing piece to a puzzle that makes all the other pieces fit together, and to reveal the beautiful picture. If you buy just one Children's Story Bible, I'd commend this one to you.
In fact, I have absolutely no idea how my children acquired it, but today my son brought it to me and asked me to read it. He said he wanted the Moses story, so I started by turning to the table of contents to locate it, and I was instantly cynical. I especially appreciated the way the storytelling pointed backward and forward to the major themes that course throughout the Bible, linking past, present, and future stories, and, as a Christian, I appreciated the way it pointed everything to Jesus without being too terribly clichéd or contrived about it. There's a strong sense of God's grace coursing throughout the storytelling, an idea that these stories, even the most violent of them, point to a gentler, beautiful, and loving truth. Of course, Im basing this entire opinion exclusively on the three Moses stories I read my son tonight. But if I can revert to my usual cynical self for a moment, based on what I've read, there are too many chunks of the story left out. ----- ADDITION: Today we read from page one through the end of the Noah story. That said, I defy anyone to attempt to read a childrens Bible to my daughter. Heres how it went down tonight - - Me (reading the text of the Noah story): Why would anyone need an umbrella, let alone an ark? Later Me (reading): God said, I wont ever destroy the world again.
then you have Eve believing that God does not love her, that's not what the bible says at all. The bible tells us Jacob loved Rachel right away and was working to win her marriage. I do find this book very moving by its wording and believe it has some great stories for kids, but when it comes to reading them the bible and telling them it's the absolute word of God, I will stick to the real thing.
Part of the reason for the four-star rating is a section towards the end that sounds a little antinomian: No rules (or just a few)!
We finished every chapter with singing Jesus Loves Me.
Also highly recommended: Read-Aloud Bible Stories, Lindvall, 1982 https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Jesus Loves Me, Anderson, 1988 https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
Many Children's Bibles have sanitized them so that they have to make up morals or lessons to impose on the story. "When you are afraid, little Billy, be brave like David was..." What I love about this Bible is that it tries to uncover the underlying theology in each story and tie it back to Jesus.
I am not what you would call this Bible's typical audience (no babies) but I really enjoyed my time reading this work just as, like, a person.