I remember as a child having a friend who didn’t know the story of Noah’s ark. I was flabbergasted! How could anyone not have heard about Noah’s ark? I told my friend the story as best I knew how, and telling it to someone who didn’t know it really brought it to life in a fresh new way for me. I remember watching my friend’s eyes and the wonder, even at my simple storytelling, really made an impression on me. It’s so important to make sure that the Bible comes to life in different ways for our children. To make sure they understand and can picture what they’re reading.

This is all coming to mind since receiving the Classic Bible Storybook by Kenneth N. Taylor (translator of The Living Bible) to review. This treasury presents the stories of the Bible in a simple and straightforward way for young readers while staying scripturally accurate. With it’s richly illustrated pages and not-too-long chapters, it’s perfect for reading together as a family. Questions at the end of each chapter encourage children to really think about what they’re reading and discuss the stories as a family.

A short excerpt:

Sick people weren’t the only ones who wanted to see Jesus. Some parents knew how special he was, so they brought their little children to him. They wanted Jesus to put his hands on them and bless them. But his disciples tried to send them away.
Jesus was upset with his disciples. “Let the little children come to me,” he said. “Don’t send them away, for the Kingdom of God belongs to everyone who is like these children.” Jesus meant that the only way to get into God’s Kingdom is to love him and trust him the way children do.

Sample questions:

Who brought their children to Jesus?
Who tried to send the children away?

I think it’s important to have books like these for children to read and learn about God for themselves. I look forward to reading this book to my daughter as she grows!

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