I love Bible stories and have since the days when I munched graham crackers, sipped Kool-Aid out of a tiny paper cup and watched the adult leader in junior church stick figures to the flannelgraph board. In the presence of an excellent storyteller the characters and settings and objects seemed real, and I wanted more. I did not hesitate when Tyndale extended an opportunity earlier this year to review their new children’s offering, 100 Bible Stories for Children.
The book presents 100 favorite Bible stories in kid-sized bites using language that pre-readers will grasp as they listen and beginning readers may be able to read on their own. When a child masters these stories he will have a good overview of Scripture. The stories are ordered according to their location in the Bible with 53 Old Testament accounts and 47 New Testament accounts.
The illustrations add much to the text, and in short order children will adopt their favorites and point out details adults might miss. On repeated journeys through 100 Bible Stories for Children the child may be able to relate the story just by recognizing the picture.
The book would be helpful as a source for bed time reading, after dinner family devotions, or even as a text for a Sunday school class. Scripture references are included for each story and with some imagination the adult reader can ask appropriate review questions to trigger discussion. The editors at Tyndale have done the heavy lifting.
As a father and grandfather I cannot say enough about the importance of surrounding our children with good books and reading to them at every opportunity. And no book is more important than the Bible for our children to appreciate, explore, and remember. Why not take a look at 100 Bible Stories for Children?
Note – Tyndale House Publishers provided a complimentary copy of 100 Bible Stories for Children to facilitate my review.