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Telling God's Story: A Parents' Guide to Teaching the Bible (Telling God's Story) Paperback – February 22, 2011
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A previous reviewer said that Enns believes the Bible to be a book of myths. I have to wonder if the reviewer has actually read the book. About the Bible, Enns says, "The Bible is the Word of God and we are supposed to read it and obey it... It bears witness to who God is, what he has done, and who we, as his people, are." (page 13) In discussing other ancient creation stories, Enns says, "Genesis 1 is a strong argument against such stories as these. The intent of the creation account is to keep Israel from falling into the trap of worshiping someone other than the true Creator... Continually, the reasons given for why Yahweh should be worshiped are that he is not only (1) the Creator, but also (2) the deliverer... This dual theme continues into the New Testament: the Creator is the Redeemer." (page 61).
Another (negative) review seemed offended by this approach, saying, "Enn believes children should not be confused by stories of Creation, the Flood, sin, nor grace, according to Enns, these are "adult concepts" not to be taught to children."
I do think that these concepts can be very difficult for young children. I think The Flood story can be difficult for adults. Enns doesn't ignore the flood and creation. They are dealt with as the children grow older. The first task is to introduce them to the centrality of the Christian faith: Jesus! And certainly the concepts of sin and grace are woven into the story and so I assume they are not completely ignored.
It should be important to point out why this series has received some very negative 1-star reviews. It seems to me it has nothing (or very little) to do with the actual content of these materials, but instead about the author himself. Why? Peter Enns is an Evangelical Christian Bible scholar who has challenged some of the beliefs held by other Evangelicals. He wrote a book called, "Inspiration and Incarnation" which challenged a rigid inerrant view of scripture with a more nuanced view -- that still holds to a text inspired by God.Read more ›
Telling God's Story: The First Year, looks just delightful. There is well-researched background information for the parent, and fun coloring pages and activities for the children. I will be enjoying these lessons with my children this summer. I look forward to future installments for older children. For those of you familiar with The Story of the World Activities Book, it follows a similar format. My children LOVE doing the coloring pages and activities.
I read other reviewers who felt that Mr. Ennis is heretical. I respectfully suggest that the reviewers have not read his book. His devotion to God and following of Biblical teachings is quite apparent throughout his book.
This is an outstanding book. At only 99 pages, it can be a quick read, but it is packed with solid and useful information. Enns wrote this book as a guide for parents who desire to teach their children the Bible. He presents a threefold approach: in the early elementary years, focus on the story, life, and mission of Jesus; in the middle school years, focus on the "hook and hangers" of the Bible, specifically, the "pegs" of the larger story that they will be able to "hang" later knowledge upon; and in the high school years, begin to flesh out the Bible in more detail.
Enns suggests this progressive approach against other approaches because it focuses on the main "person" of the Bible--Jesus Christ--and on God's redemptive story, rather than our own theories or concepts of what we want the Bible to be about. For example, he encourages us not to teach the Bible simply as "stories" or as character studies, because these are often reduced to moralistic life lessons having nothing to do with the redemptive backstory; nor should we teach it (to children) book-by-book, because this approach often requires more maturity and a longer attention span than children have; nor should we teach it defensively, as in the current "creationism vs. evolution" arguments.Read more ›
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Easy to read and helpful in thinking through how to help different age children understand the Bible.Published 3 months ago by John Loppnow
Excellent explanation for how to approach the Bible with children.Published 6 months ago by Britanica
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As a pastor and father of two young kids I found this book to be an excellent resource. The author presents a biblical, rational, and experiential philosophy of teaching the... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Chad Wible
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I'm so thankful to have found this book. I want my children to have a firm grounding in the truth of God's word and a love for the person of Christ. Read morePublished on December 4, 2012 by w brown
I felt like I needed to read this item before adding Telling God's Story: Instructor Text and Teaching Guide, Year One (Telling God's Story) to our home school curriculum. Read morePublished on September 30, 2012 by Debra Harris
One morning, after family devotions, it became clear that we needed to move beyond the children's devotional. Read morePublished on August 29, 2012 by K. Alphs