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My Big Book of Catholic Bible Stories Hardcover – January 10, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (January 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400315387
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400315383
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Mansfield on May 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Reason for Reading: We start our homeschool lessons with God. Including a reading from the Bible. I had seen this book recommended on a Catholic mum's blog (she no longer blogs, I think) and was utterly taken by her review, so I checked the book out online and purchased it immediately.

I read a "story" to my son every school day and with almost 200 stories, we have been reading the book for about a year. As is always important to me when using Catholic materials with my son, the book does have a Nihil Obstat & Imprimatur. The book begins with a letter to children from Mother Teresa and then a 2 page introduction by the compiler explaining how the book is set up.

Each "story" is a two page spread, though the second page just includes the illustration and the extra interactive material. I should now mention, that though this Bible is divided into "stories" they are not reinterpretations dumbed down for children; Instead what we have are actual passages from the NRSV Catholic text of the Bible, plus the Bible contains stories from the Septuagint, the Holy Canon.

This is the best Bible Story book I have read aloud to my children ever. Ds enjoyed our readings from this Bible and it will be a Keeper for our household. Briefly how a reading is set up. Each reading starts with a title followed by the scripture reference where it can be found. Then there is a blue box of text which introduces the background/people to be read about. This includes either some instructional material or something to think about. Then we have the Bible "story" taken verbatim from the NRSV Catholic text. This is followed by a prayer, which could be a traditional Catholic prayer, one taken to revolve around the scripture reading or a prayer from a Saint.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Patrice Fagnant-macarthur VINE VOICE on January 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I was so excited to get "My Big Book of Catholic Bible Stories" in the mail. Well- known Catholic writer and editor Heidi Hess Saxton has done an incredible job pulling this valuable resource together. Over 175 Bible Stories have been culled from the New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition text. To supplement these, Saxton has included an introduction, a prayer, and a "Going Deeper" section for each story. The "Going Deeper" features further references relating to the story and actions one can take to further one's knowledge or put the Bible lesson into practice. For many of the stories, there are also "Did You Know?" features which add a little bit of extra information, a "Quote of the Day" from a saint, or "Special Words" which emphasizes vocabulary one might not be familiar with. She has also interspersed pages dedicated to Catholic prayers.

"My Big Book of Catholic Bible Stories" is attractively designed, with kid-friendly headings and color-coded sections. The beautiful illustrations by Natalie Carabetta only add to the experience. This is a book that children will greatly enjoy looking at and sharing with their parents. It is primarily targeted to the 7 - 12 age range, although children younger and older could certainly benefit from it. I heartily recommend "My Big Book of Catholic Bible Stories" to any Catholic family searching for a kid-friendly Bible. Perhaps the best endorsement is how much my two boys (ages 7 and 8) enjoyed looking through this book. They said it was much better than the kids' Bible that they currently have!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By smurphy on July 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I love that this book uses actual bible text so the kids get used to hearing it. I read it to my 3 and 1/2 and almost-2-year-old, and I have to explain a little as I read it, but I think it is important to read the actual Word of God to our children and not merely watered down summaries of Bible stories. It has good pictures for the kids to look at while you read also. And every page has a prayer that goes along with the text as well as further scripture readings related to that bible verse.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Karina L. Fabian on November 7, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
There's only one thing I don't like about My Big Book of Catholic Bible Stories, compiled by Heidi Hess Saxton and illustrated by Natalie Carabetta:

It came out after my kids were older.

This is a compilation of 175 of the most important stories in the Bible, along with prayers and activities. Granted, there are plenty of Bible Story compilations out there. Several things set this one apart, especially for Catholics:

1. The stories are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Catholic Bible. This means you'll find stories from the Deuterocanonical books, like Sirach.

2. The stories are pulled verbatim from the Bible. While summaries or interpretations are okay for children, it's nice to see a Bible stories book that recognizes that children can understand the actual language of the Bible, and gives them the chance to appreciate the beauty of the language and the details of the story outside of Mass.

3. After each story, you not only find an activity idea but also suggested readings from the Catechism of the Catholic Church that apply to the story. Even better: if the story is one read during Mass, Heidi tells you what Sunday and what other verses are read that day. She also includes traditional Catholic prayers, sometimes with the story and sometimes with their own special page.

I know Heidi personally from our work on Catholic Writers Conferences Online, and have read her book, "Behold Your Mother." She was also editor of Canticle Magazine, a well-respected Catholic Women's online magazine. I know that she not only lives her faith, but thinks about it. She's also a very thorough researcher. I feel confident in the introductions she wrote for each story, as well as the extra facts dotted throughout the book.
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