Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Bake Through the Bible: 20 Fun Cooking Activities to Explore the Bible Story with Young Children (Beginning with God) Paperback – September 23, 2013
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
About the Author
Susie grew up near Birmingham, UK. Having studied in Durham, in the north-east of England, she now lives in Oxford and is part of Magdalen Road Church. Susie has a background in secondary-school English teaching and worked full-time in that context for five years. She is married to Pete and they have a son called Joshua.
Bekah was born and brought up in South Yorkshire. She studied French and Russian in Durham. She then taught French before teaching teenagers with multiple learning difficulties in a Special School. Bekah is married to Nick and currently lives in Oxford with their two-year-old son Simeon. They are part of St Ebbe s Church.
Top customer reviews
Baking Through the Bible has a number of wonderful qualities:
*The book is well-designed, colorful and visually engaging.
*The recipes and instructions are clear, with photographs and small graphics to illustrate each step for young readers.
*There is a wide variety of recipes, including cookies, cupcakes, simple dinners and lunches, and breads.
*Each two to four page spread includes a retold Bible story, a prayer, a recipe, discussion questions, a time-saving cooking tip, and something to reflect on.
*There is a clear theme to each spread. The themes all tie-in to a strong gospel message. In my opinion, this is the strongest aspect of the book.
*The language is appropriate for young children. The stories are told in an engaging manner they can understand.
*The theology is sound.
In spite of the beauty of the book and the fantastic concept, I had a few concerns about the manner in which the Bible stories were told. To be completely fair to the authors and the publisher, I should probably disclose that I write Bible stories in a creative manner for publication for young children. Because of that, I have a few rules I follow (along with my editors, who are vigilante about guarding the truth of God's Word). These may not be universally accepted rules. The authors might not feel comfortable writing Bible stories in the manner I do. My concerns may not be of concern to you. Still, I wanted to point them out so you'll be informed.
*My primary concern was that the words of God, Jesus, the angel Gabriel, and various Bible people are in quotation marks, but they are paraphrased. If you enjoy paraphrases, this might not bother you at all. It's pretty important to me that the actual words spoken in the Bible are quoted in the story (particularly if they're inside quotation marks).
*In a couple of areas, the authors spoke to God's motives. In "Genesis 3: The fall" (page 10), they state: "God made just one tree that Adam and Eve were not to eat from. It was called the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If they did, they would die. It was God's way of reminding them that he's in charge and he knows best." It seems to me very bold to speak for God when His Word doesn't address His purpose in this area.
*There were a couple of oversights in the stories. The story of Joshua and the walls of Jericho explains that God promised a land to His people and there were already people living there so God gave them instructions (so He could knock down the wall), but it does not explain that God allowed the Israelites to expel the people of Jericho because those living in Jericho were in open rebellion to God. Saul/Paul can't see because the light is too bright, but the story doesn't mention that he was blinded, or that he was healed. In the days of Creation, God makes animals on the fifth day, but the Bible states that land animals are created on the sixth day.
Overall, I think that Bake Through the Bible is a creative, attractive book with a good purpose. Children will remember the theme of each story as they work through the 20 recipes included. Ultimately, the gospel message is strong throughout the book. I look forward to using Bake Through the Bible with my sons and nieces. I may choose to pull out my Bible and read the story to them (or just the actual words of God), but I think they'll really enjoy the recipes, and the wonderful graphics will make it easy for the older kids to take the lead.
I want to thank both The Good Book Company and Cross Focused Reviews for a copy of Bake Through the Bible in exchange for my honest review.
As a minister of the Gospel to children, youth, and families, I recommend this book to parents of young children, especially preschool and elementary age children. The Bible lessons are doctrinally sound and each lesson uses the object of food to illustrate an important component of God’s redemptive plan of salvation. Furthermore you do not need to be highly educated in scripture (or that great at baking, I am speaking for myself) to teach your children with this book. It enables a parent to come along side their child to teach them the basics of their faith to their young child in a manner that they can not only understand but apply to their lives. Each of these 20 lessons are fun and easy to complete, I highly recommend this book to any and all parents who are looking for a new avenue of learning for their your child, you will not be disappointed.
This book was provided to me free of charge from The Good Book Company in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
Bake through the Bible
© 2013 by Susie Bentley-Taylor & Bekah Moore
Publisher: The Good Book Company
Page Count: 64 Pages