Book Review: The Beginning Reader's Bible
|Illustrated by Marijke ten Cate|
Compiled by Tama Fortner
The Beginning Reader's Bible is a great addition to our children's Bibles. It is wonderfully illustrated and contains stories from both the Old and New Testaments. It is written using actual Bible verses from the International Children's Bible translation, which makes it easier for children to read and understand. Under each story title is the book of the Bible that the story comes from, as well as the chapters and verses used. This is important because it encourages children to understand that these aren't simply stories, but actual passages of Scripture.
One of my favorite things about this Bible are the tools and resources it provides. In the back of the Bible, for example, are things like well-known passages, Scripture memory verses, songs, charts, the books of the Bible, and most importantly, a Prayer of Salvation. We also enjoyed a section found in each story called "Do God's Word." It offers a practical way for children to apply what they read in their lives. For example, my children and I read "Nehemiah and the Broken-Down Wall." This is the story where Jerusalem's walls had been destroyed and Nehemiah came to help rebuild. The "Do God's Word" portion of the story says:
"The wall of Jerusalem surrounded and protected God's people. Prayer does the same thing. When you talk to God, you are surrounded and protected. Ask your parents if you can build a fort out of pillows and cushions. When you're done, hide in the middle and thank God for His protection."
We are thoroughly enjoying The Beginning Reader's Bible. One of my daughters chose to take it with her to church last Sunday and we've used it for morning devotions. If I had to make any suggestions, I would recommend a different title. I chose this Bible with my son in mind, who is literally a "beginning reader." Although the text is easy to understand, it is far beyond the "beginning reading" stage.
I was expecting it to be written so that he could read it independently. Now I understand that the intent was not necessarily for those who are beginning to read, but more specifically to those who are new to reading the Bible. That might be a little confusing to some (or maybe not; it could just be me!). Even so, I was very pleasantly surprised!
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