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Elsie Egermeier had a great love for children. As a young teen, she developed an interest in writing that later became a calling from God. When she wrote the Christian classic, Egermeier's® Bible Story Book, she tested what she wrote by reading it to children to be sure they understood and enjoyed the stories.
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  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Paperback: 632 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Press; Revised edition (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593173369
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593173364
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This is mostly a wonderful, in depth Bible stories collection. It includes many narratives from the Bible that most children's books leave out, but softens or skips the less age-appropriate elements like incest and promiscuity. It's very approachable, even a 4 or 5 year old can listen and understand it quite well.

There is just one major problem I run into over and over in it though: the author makes assumptions as to the thoughts, feelings, and intentions of the people and even of God, interpretations not present in the actual Bible. It's fine to discuss possible or likely thoughts, feelings, and intentions, but adding it amidst things otherwise faithfully paraphrased is confusing and awkward. I find myself needing to skip the sentences she does this in, sometimes catching it in the middle and stopping, or discussing it further with my son to clarify.

There aren't as many pictures as in many bible story books and it does take longer to get through each part than in others. The inclusion of so much more than the big children's Bible stories (you know, just covering Eden, Noah, David&Goliath, Daniel, Jonah, and similar condensing in the NT) is great though and hitting almost all the points of each story is excellent.

I would still recommend the book, but read aloud with caution. Take care with the interjections and interpretations, especially of what God intended to do or felt, as they're based on tradition and opinion not scripture.
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I have a copy of the 1947 revised edition of the Egermeier's Bible Story Book (with exactly the same title), which was my mother's. This one is a later edition, but has been heavily re-edited to the point where it is not the same book. Individual stories are significantly shortened and the depth and richness of story-telling from the original is gone. What you get in return is not necessarily bad. Stories are shorter and easier to read, and they've added a nice maps section; but if you're looking for the original, this isn't it. I wish that the description had mentioned something about this. We ended up returning it since we already have other Bible story books at this level. The original text is available on an ebook for $1.99 called "Stories from the Bible Complete Text", but is not complete. So if you're looking for the original, it is evidently no longer in print and must be obtained used.
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We used this Bible for Homeschooling and have enjoyed the good overview of scripture it gives. I cannot give it five stars for two main reasons: Interpretation and Ethnicity.
I agree with the other reviews that I find myself hesitating as I read. The editors draw conclusions about texts. I believe it's ok to infer things from context, but if the Bible didn't say it, then don't mention how God 'feels'. I'd rather read the passage, ask my kids questions, then help them find the theme for themselves. Granted it's hard to get my kids inductively looking at scripture at age 3&5 BUT I think its good to make them think and start letting God help them interpret.
The next big issue is the artwork. My wife and I have purchased other Bibles for our children that have WAY more multiethnic images than this. A Blonde hair blue eye Jesus is a cultural lie from the pit of Hell in my opinion and is a hindrance to talking about Jesus to various cultures. We used this as part of our homeschool Sonlight curriculum and their other reading material is wonderfully multi class AND multi racial- So I was surprised at the Bible Choice.
That being said, the book is a great summation of most of the overarching themes/stories (you lose the minor prophets in the OT). I have been challenged when reading aloud to the kids. We'll see how the other Bibles assigned turn out, but I'm shopping
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Excellent Bible Story book for cildren over 8. Our church gives a copy to each family with children. Only negative, a few extra textual comments that fill in the story line nicely but are not in Scripture.
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I absolutely love this bible. We have 2 young boys and have read several childrens bibles all the way through with them. They enjoy this bible and even I am learning things from it. It weaves into the text cultural and contextual facts that aren't always obvious when you read scriptures and it very clearly presents each story and brings it to life in a way that is understandable for even our young kids. I can't recommend it enough.
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This book is fine for any age that would like to learn Bible history. The stories go from creation to the early church. Children like the stories that follow the Bible very closely and adults get a great over view of Bible History...now it is easy to know when the divided kingdom started and who were the kings of Judah and the North and when the different prophets had their time of ministry.
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This book is obviously directed toward children; however a minister pointed it to me to help with a high-level overview of the many old testament stories which in many cases are truly a deep read of sorts. I recommend it for your home.
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This is the 6th copy of the Egermeir's Bible Story book I have purchased. Our first copy, 1983, was a paperback edition that we read each day to our kids. We replaced that with a hardcover edition after a couple of years. We have given copies as gifts and now we have given them to our grand children. We love how Biblically accurate these stories are. Several times we thought we found discrepancies, but when we reread the story from the Bible, we learned that Egermeir's was correct. Many Bible story books try to be cute or just have charming pictures. Many kids are not learning any Bible stories today. Read this with a child you love.
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