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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

Magnificently illustrated and beautifully written Scriptural wisdom from one of the church’s greatest heroes. This book is the one children’s book that every Christian family should own. This book will serve as the main devotional book for my children in the upcoming year. In Children of God, Bishop Tutu presents Biblical truths reflecting a much-needed global perspective. --Soong-Chan Rah Milton B. Engebretson Associate Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism North Park Theological Seminary -- Dr. Soong-Chan Rah, , Professor

“Desmond Tutu speaks to children and their elders in an inspiring and beautiful retelling of many of the central stories of the Bible. The artwork is a strong partner to the stories, and supports the challenge of the prayer that closes each one.” -- Katharine Jefferts Schori, , Presiding Bishop and Primate
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; 7/15/10 edition (August 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310719127
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310719120
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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We have a number of children's bibles, several of which are very well-loved. We didn't strictly need another, but I was drawn to the breadth of stories included in this volume, the diversity of illustration styles, and the cds featuring Archbishop Tutu. I'm glad I spent the money to get the audio as well as the book, as Tutu has a beautiful reading voice and it is a real joy to hear him tell these stories. It is also a great privilege for my children to learn bible stories from the voice of a true contemporary Christian hero.
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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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My child is a new preschooler and was having some difficulty understanding the children's Bible (Spark Story Bible) we had purchased as she is still working on her verbal skills. This Bible is easier for her to follow. The writing and artwork are lovely, and I appreciate the multicultural approach as we are all the children of God, regardless of how we look or where we are from.

For those who do not care for some of the interpretation - Desmond Tutu is an Anglican and Anglican views on Biblical interpretation can be varied. Being a mix of Protestant and Roman Catholicism doctrine to various degrees based on culture does result in some interesting views. The Anglican Church of Southern Africa is considered by some to be very liberal (whatever liberal means - not really a fan of the liberal-conservative verbiage considering church history).

I am not going to say what I think is right or wrong about the book's interpretation. I recommend getting a copy and reading it before buying to see if it's right for your family considering the sensitive issue of Biblical interpretation. I do think this is compatible with a lot of mainline Protestant beliefs. Worth considering whatever church you attend.
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