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Children of God Storybook Bible Hardcover – August 14, 2010


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  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (August 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310719127
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310719120
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 8.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shortlisted for the Christian Library Book Award 2011 'Accessible and heartwarming...The Children of God Storybook Bible will draw in everyone who hears it' - The Times --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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“The Children of God Storybook Bible is a wonderful way to introduce my young grandchildren to our Christian faith.” -- President Jimmy Carter, , President

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Desmond Mpilo Tutu won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 and was only the second black person ever to receive it. In 1986 he was elected archbishop of Cape Town, the highest position in the Anglican Church in South Africa. In 1994, after the end of apartheid and the election of Nelson Mandela, Tutu was appointed as chair of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission to investigate apartheid-era crimes. His policy of forgiveness and reconciliation has become an international example of conflict resolution, and a trusted method of postconflict reconstruction. He is currently the chair of The Elders, where he gives vocal defense of human rights and campaigns for the oppressed.

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The illustrations are also beautiful.
E. Marie
The stories are easy for the children to understand and written in a way that will help them to really enjoy the bible stories.
Deb
This is by far the best Children's storybook Bible I've come by.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Carol P. Myers on August 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
50 classic Bible stories retold in language easily accessible to children. This book is a paraphrase, not a translation. While it is appropriate for children, it does not shy away from traditional concepts. Creation, the Fall, Exodus, Jesus birth, ministry, death and resurrection are all included in ways that will make each child feel God's love and God's care for everyone and all creation. For example, though the Beatitudes are titled "Jesus Teaches the Secret of Happiness," each is given as "Blessed are." "Blessed are you who feed the poor, for you are the hands of God," for example. Each story has a simple one sentence prayer. For the Beatitudes, "Dear God, thank you for showing us the way to true happiness." Unlike many children's Bibles, this one is true to the text--there won't be things to unlearn when making the transition to a regular Bible. Nor, will one discover that many details didn't really exist in scripture. As a paraphrase, stories are often presented in a fresh way while remaining true to the original intent. Anyone who reads this story Bible will know God loves them and how God wants people to live. The beautiful illustrations by twenty artists from around the world show the diversity of God's people and how Jesus is seen in different contexts. I've reviewed children's bibles for 35 years and this is the best I've seen. This book is a delight and a true gift for anyone who wants to share God's love with a child.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Whipple on August 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Children of God Storybook Bible is a brand new children's Bible-not even released yet retold by Desmond Tutu! (Yet by the end of this review, maybe you'll be convinced to put it on your wishlist!) From the moment I opened this children's Bible, I knew I liked it! The table of contents displays the clear titles (no guessing which story you want), Bible reference, and page number. The fifty-six stories are included in this children's Bible all point to the gift of God's love for children everywhere. The stories themselves are well-written and include enough details to help a child learn the actual Bible story. (For example, in "The Trial and Death of Jesus" the Garden of Gethsemane is named as where Jesus was praying, and it explains that Pontius Pilate was the Roman ruler.) The recommended ages for this Bible are 4-7, but some younger children may enjoy this. Each story (and illustration) is over a two page spread. There is a main title and then a subtitle explaining how it relates to God. (For "Jonah and the Big Fish" the subtitle is "God loves everyone, even our enemies" with the reference Jonah 1-4.) Each ends with a short prayer. Tutu titled the story of the Beatitudes "Jesus Teaches the Secret to Happiness," which I think is incorrect. I don't think the goal here is for us to be happy, but to glorify God. The illustrations are amazing, and this Bible has twenty illustrators! They were invited by Archbishop Tutu to portray the stories with the style and richness of their own cultures. Though that means Jesus may look different from one page to another. Also, because the illustrators reflected their own cultures, Jesus is sometimes dark skinned and other times pale. I do not believe Jesus was a white man, nor do I believe that he was black, so some of the illustrations are misleading to me. All in all, I do recommend this Bible!

This Bible was provided to me from Zonderkidz for review purposes.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By danielj on June 27, 2011
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I bought this book for my Godson after having seen it in person. The vivid detail of the pictures, paired with the beautiful phrasing by Archbishop Tutu makes for the perfect children's bible. I highly recommend it as a standard bible for children under six years old. Jesus is depicted in many different skin tones, and with almost every ethnicity surrounding him. This book teach diversity without an agenda, and shares the love of Christ in colors almost as vibrant as the message.
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Format: Hardcover
I respect the work Archbishop Desmond Tutu has done in South Africa and beyond, and I consider him to be a truly worthy recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (which he received in 1984), which is why this was a hard review to write.

**In short:**
This book itself, at face value, is beautiful, far more artistic than most kids' Bibles. The stories are mostly on-target and each includes a reference (where you could find the story in the Bible) and a short prayer at end. We have used some stories in our family devotion time and will probably continue to do so from time to time.

However, a couple of lines raised some theological concerns for me, and one or two of the pictures took artistic liberties instead of aiming to be accurate to the story and culture of the time. Finally, the author's own views of the Bible (as quoted below from another book of his that I own) - that parts of it have no worth and that it is not God-inspired - make it impossible for me to recommend it. I would instead point you toward The Big Picture Story Bible(for preschool and lower elementary aged children) and The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name(which is fantastic, especially for elementary ages; we haven't used it much yet with our three-and-a-half year old because the stories are a little longer and more text-heavy) or Mighty Acts of God: A Family Bible Story Book (also best for elementary, in my opinion).

**In more detail...

***PROS:***
* The artwork. Artists from South Africa, the USA, the UK, Russia, France, the Netherlands, Argentina, Italy, China, and Vietnam contributed, and I loved flipping through it. The styles represented made this a beautiful book.
* The varied artwork representing Christ in different ways.
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