- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Series: Picture Bible
- Hardcover: 800 pages
- Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition (August 15, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0781430550
- ISBN-13: 978-0781430555
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (344 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The artwork is really quite well done. Perhaps not up to modern standards, but good for its day - better than a lot of what Marvel and DC were putting out in those days. I've heard that some effort went into making clothes, architecture, and so forth look like what actually existed in those days. It may be true, I don't know, but I suspect that most people wore brown clothing in those days, rather than the bright colors depicted in this book.
Considering that the book is aimed at children, it's practically G-rated. The only blood I can remember is in Ahab's chariot. In the story of Sodom (the city of Gomorrah isn't mentioned), it's not clear what the mob wants to do with the angels. There are various other inaccuracies as well, as the author inserts her own explanations and interpretations into it, which admittedly help the stories make more sense.. Most of the dialogue (including thought bubbles) is invented.
As these are Bible stories, books such as Psalms, Proverbs, Lamentation, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon (among others) aren't covered. The 12 minor prophets are covered briefly over three pages.
There have been a number of editions of this hardback. Mine is dated 1998, with the "blue edged" cover. This contains 25 "Did You Know?" pages which help to clarify the text, as well as three maps. Other reviewers say their children read their copies so much, the covers fell off, so it may not be very durable. Due to a printing error, my particular copy is missing pages 465-480 and in place of them, there are duplicate pages 321-336, upside-down. On the other hand, my copy has better quality color than some of the other reviewers are complaining about.
Although I've been critical, as long as children are told that this isn't "exactly" a Bible, it's not a bad book.
I also lent this out to a child (he is about 9 years old) and he really liked it, and then he suggested it to another boy who lent it, and then an other, and so on...
I especially like that it breaks down into individual stories, prefaced by a Scripture heading for each. I recommended this to another minister that I mentor and she is now using one lesson at a time with kids in her study. I keep buying more of these because I keep giving them away to others, but I always want to have one for my children as they grow as well.
I am 64 years old, and maybe the oldest kid of all !! Years ago, I bought these Bibles; one for my own children, some as gifts for other children, and also for other families with children. In one family the dad, who did not like to read at all, read this through and loved it. It is a great way to introduce the Bible to those who might think the Bible is boring or hard to understand. What is really nice is that you can get a quick, Big picture of the main stories throughout the entire Bible. You don't get slowed down with lots of details. You get the main stories with their lessons quickly; and then compiled one upon another, so that reading this becomes a "shot in the arm", or a therapeutic dose of God's Word. It is a Great way to get the Full, Big Picture quickly before going into a much slower detailed, and completely accurate study of God's Word.
I just spent the last 3 weeks reading through this Picture Bible yet again. It did for me exactly what it did for me the first time I read it; when I read it over 30 years ago. It built my Faith in God very strong!! It reminded me of the extreme importance of our obedience to God. It reminded me of the very harmful consequences of sin and disobeying God!! It reminded me of God's Goodness, Forgiveness, Grace, & Mercy!! It made me think about how we cannot ever afford to compromise, but rather give God our Very Best; and to do all things by Faith in God. It reminded me that God alone is my BEST Strength and Help!! It rekindled a "Fire" in my heart. I am now purchasing these Bibles again to share with more children; hoping that the Picture Bibles will also fall into the hands of more adults who will read them :) Shalom Blessings!!