Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Book Review: 101 Bible Adventures
Months ago a copy of 101 Bible Adventuresshowed up on my doorstep. The book is geared to children and features 101 Bible adventure stories. The first sixty stories are from the Old Testament and the remaining forty one are from the New Testament.
Judging by the girls' response to this book, I'd say it's well suited to elementary school aged children (first through sixth grades). My six year old was easily able to read several of the stories on her own. She liked the cartoon like illustrations that accompanied each story. My ten year old thought the stories were easy to read and liked that they could be read in a matter of minutes. She and I both thought the book had some stories which could be used for our Jesse Tree and Jesus Tree readings during Advent and Lent.
I liked the format for each of the stories. Each story has a "What's Up" heading that gives the reader some background information on the story about to be read. Then the "Action Adventure" begins. For families who will want to look up the story in their bible, the scripture reference for where you can find this story in the bible is listed. Each story has a "key verse" section that contains another scripture reference that relates to the adventure story. At the end of each story there is a "Now What?" box that offers further explanation. I thought the "Now What?" feature offered plenty of opportunity for talking points to future discuss with your child.
This book could easily be used either as a bible story book for a child, or it could be used for devotional reading with your children. During the seasons of Advent and Lent I sit with my children daily and read and discuss a bible story for the day. With the format of a book like this, I could easily see how this could be used during the rest of the year.
The book is not a Catholic book, but I didn't see anything in it that was glaringly objectionable or our of line with Church teaching.
I was provided with a review copy of 101 Bible Adventuresby the publisher, Tyndale Kids, in exchange for my honest review.