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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Book Review: The Beginning Reader's Bible

The Beginning Reader's Bible is a Children's Bible that takes actual text from the Old and New Testaments from the International Children's Bible. There are 26 Bible stories in this beautiful hard covered book and each verse is accompanied by a beautiful illustration. The retail cost on the book is $19.99. In addition to the Bible Stories, the book also contains these features:

Remember God's Word-memory verses

Do God's Word-activities to help kids learn to live God's word

Pray God's Word-meaningful prayers to teach children how to communicate with God

Favorite Passages-ex.Ten Commandments, 23 Psalm, Lord's Prayer

A Reading Chart-to help children read through the Bible

This book was not at all what I expected. It is beautifully illustrated like I would expect a Children's Bible to be. I thought I Beginning Reader's Bible would be written for young readers to be able to read on their own. That is not true with this Bible. The vocabulary is too advanced for a beginning reader to read on their own, but a beginning reader would enjoy having this Bible read to them. I also didn't expect all of the extras included in this book and those are a big plus. The Bible verses are easily memorized by young children. The "Do God's Word" activities and the "Pray God's Word" prayers are very age appropriate.

Example: The Beginning of the World

The reading comes from selections from Genesis 1 and 2. There is a three page illustrated description of how God created the world. The "Remember God's Word" Bible verse is " God looked at everything He made and saw that it was very good." (Genesis 1:31) The "Do God's Word" suggestion is to "take a piece of paper and pencil and go outside. Look around. How many things can you see that God created? Grass and trees, flowers and birds, sunshine and rain. Draw a picture of something you're thankful God created." The "Pray God's Word" prayer is, " I praise you because you made me in an amazing and wonderful way. What you have done is wonderful. I know this very well." (Psalm 139:14)

One thing that I thought was a little strange about this Bible is that the pages are not numbered even though the stories have a page number listed in the table of Contents. That makes it a little difficult to find a particular story. Instead of finding the story by page number you have to flip through the book to find it.

I received a complimentary copy of The Beginning Reader's Bible from Thomas Nelson for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review. I received no other compensation.

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