A great book of Bible stories for kidsUser Review - Christianbook.com
Bible Stories for Growing Kids, written by Francine Rivers and Shannon Rivers Coibion, has 30 stories from the Bible, 17 from the New Testament and 13 from the Old Testament. Each story focuses on a person in the Bible. According to the author, the stories are “fictionalized” and written “from the point of view of one person. In some cases, several stories cover the same situation but from different perspectives.” The first story is about Abraham, with references about him from the books of Genesis and Hebrews. Three more stories from Genesis focus on Hagar, Lot’s wife, and Dinah. The stories are in chronological order through the Bible. Scripture references are included for each story. Each story is 4-6 pages long, including illustrations. A section called “Growing Time” is given at the end of each one story. This section is intended for sharing with family members. It includes “interesting facts” about the character mentioned in the story; “Truths from God’s Word” that relate to the story; “Things About” each character; “Thinking about Your Life,” which has thought-provoking questions about how the story/character relates to the reader’s life; and “Praying For,” which gives some ideas of things to pray about in regards to the story’s subject matter. The expressive illustrations by Pascale Constantin are mostly done in bright colors, but there are a few black-and-white illustrations scattered throughout. What I like: This book of Bible stories is a bit different from any I’ve read before. There is a good assortment of Bible characters mentioned, but many of them are lesser-known ones like Jehoiada, Balaam, and Dorcas. I didn’t know who some of the people mentioned in the stories were until I read about them in the book; you might not be very familiar with them either. I also like the fact that each story focuses on a person in the Bible. Most Bibles for kids have a mixture of stories about people, such as Noah, Moses and John the Baptist, as well as stories ab ...
Some strange content for a children's book.User Review - Christianbook.com
I like the stories for the most part, and there are some with characters you don't usually see in children's books. So, to that end I think it's a great book. However, the questions at the end were way too deep for little kids. My 8 year old didn't really understand some of them. Also there were some references I was a little startled by when I was reading it to them the first time. There is a story about Hagar and Abraham and it talked about how he "lay with her" and yes, I know that is in the Bible, however I was not prepared for that in a children's book. After that I kept it up on a shelf they couldn't get to and only read them certain stories. I just think by the time kids are ready for this content the book will seem to babyish to them. Not a bad book, I just wasn't really pleased with it. Just wanted to warn others before they buy.