Friday, August 5, 2011

Book Review: My First Hands-On Bible

I wasn't quite aware that it was happening, but in the past year or so I've collected several little kid Bibles.  A few from book reviews, and one or two as gifts to my girls.  This one is by far my favorite.

The biggest difference between this one and the others is that the text is the New Living Translation of the Bible.  It is select passages, all stories that will appeal to kids, but it is actual Biblical text.  Other versions are good, but that are all re-written down to a preschoolers level.  After reading through this version, though, I think most preschoolers would understand the stories straight from this version of the Bible.  In the intro parents are instructed to help kids understand some of the bigger words, but it is easy enough to do that. 

In every passage, there are several hands-on activities to do with your kids as you read them the story.  They are usually simple motions, such as covering your eyes with your hands to imagine what the earth was like before God formed it, or carrying a doll or stuffed animal as you read about how Moses' mother cared for him before placing him in the basket in the river.

At the end of each passage, there is a prayer that makes the point of the Scripture personal.  There are also two activities that are more than the simple ones in the story, and can help reinforce the message of the story.  And finally, each passage ends with a "Jesus Connection," that helps your child see that Jesus is the center of all Scripture, even in the passages that don't mention him.

This Bible is amazing, because it truly is the Bible.  I'm not usually creative enough to come up with ways to help apply it to the life of a preschooler, and now I have an excellent tool.

Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a free copy of this book as a part of their blogger book review program.

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