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My Favorite Bible: The Best-Loved Stories of the Bible Hardcover – August 1, 2011
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From the Back Cover
Bring the Bible alive!
The most treasured stories of the Bible come alive in My Favorite Bible.
Start your little ones on a life-long love of God's word!
In this colorful and dynamic gospel-centered Bible storybook guides children through the foundational truths of Scripture. Each story is fully and vividly illustrated and includes a simple narrative with things children ages 4-8 love: repetition, rhythm, and energy, along with a key biblical theme, a key Bible verse, an activity page, and discussion questions.
Adults and children will cherish time together as they grow closer to God.
About the Author
Rondi DeBoer sold her first series at age fifteen and now has more than 430,000 copies of her books in print. After graduating from WSU in Elementary Education and studying at Multnomah Biblical Seminary, she went on to become a classical Christian teacher. Now she spends her time homeschooling her three daughters and eagerly awaits the arrival of a fourth daughter from China. She and her husband, Brian, live in Washington with their family.
Christine Tangvald has been writing for children for more than 25 years, with nearly 100 titles to her name and almost 3.5 million books in print. After earning her Elementary Education degree, she worked with children for more than 20 years. Her passion is to personalize God and make him real and alive to small children. She lives in Washington with her husband Roald.
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I looked at a lot of other beginner's Bibles on Amazon, and some of them seemed too serious and hellfire-like, while others seemed to skip right over some REALLY important stuff, like the crucifixion. Sometimes we think we should shield our children from hearing about something so horrible, but they can understand more than we think they can sometimes. In this book, the story of the crucifixion is paired with the resurrection, so it ends on a high note. Here's an excerpt from that story: "One dark night, some soldiers arrested Jesus. They were mean to Him. They hurt Him. They told terrible lies about Him. And then they did something very sad. Very sad, and very bad." It goes on to talk about how everyone was sad when he died, but then it talks about him rising and how he's still alive today. I really like how simple this and all the other stories are. I think it's perfect for ages three to maybe eight.
There was another pleasant surprise when we started reading this book. After each story, there is a page for "Family Talk" (which gives you something to discuss with each other) and another page for "Family Fun." I love the latter because it gives you choices of activities to do with your younger kids. For instance, after the story "Lost and Found" (about the one lost sheep that the shepherd went to find), the activity is "Hide-and-Seek Sheep," which is just like hide and seek, with the addition of "baaaing" in order to help the seeker find you. My kids loved this game, and it's the only way they'll play hide and seek now.
I bought this book so I could have something to simply read to my daughter, but it ended up being our Family Home Evening tradition. We've been trying to figure out what to do with our little kids, and this book is a perfect solution, especially with the activities. I should also note that I'm a Mormon, and so far, these stories fit right in with my faith. There have been a couple instances where I'll notice just a tiny variation of my faith, but it's certainly nothing serious and doesn't worry me at all. I can't praise this book enough. This was written by a mother-daughter team with a ton of experience in teaching young children, and it shows!
While not a word-for-word translation, the text seems to be true to what the idea of the original formal text is in meaning. Selections of bible stories were well rounded, all though not exhaustive. This is the best children's bible I have seen, in my opinion, so far.! And over the years, we have seen a lot, with our kids and then, our grandchildren. We have (2) books, one for home and one for the camper. Well worth the small investment!!!
The other things that I really liked about the book where: the illustrations, the simple narratives, and the family discussion at the end of each section. The family section helped me explain complex thoughts to my younger children. The illustrations were bright and cheerful and kept my youngest son's attention. (This is always an issue with a three year old). The narrative was simple yet conveyed the important truth of the story being told.
In conclusion I would highly recommend this excellent book to your child's library.