Tuesday, December 11, 2007

100 Bible Stories, 100 Bible Songs

100 Bible Stories, 100 Bible Songs, created by Stephen Elkins and illustrated by Tim O’Connor, has been an almost nightly read in our household. This brightly illustrated Bible story book starts with the creation story and ends with a beautiful description of how special Heaven is.

Don’t forget to read near your CD player, because each of the 100 stories has a song to go with it. There is also a Scripture, and an application for young hearts, for each story.
For example, in the story “Twins for Rebekah,” the Scripture is Genesis 25:21-34, and the accompanying song is “Count Your Blessings.”

“Isaac and Rebekah were about to become parents. But even before her babies were born, God told Rebekah her twins would be very different. ‘One will be stronger than the other. The older brother will serve the younger.’ When the babies were born, they were such a blessing. She was thankful God answered her prayers! The oldest twin, Esau, was red and hairy. The younger twin, Jacob, had fair hair and smooth skin. Esau grew up to be a skillful hunter. Jacob stayed close to home. When they grew up, Jacob, the younger brother, received the blessing of his father, Isaac. Esau served him, just as God said.”

The key thought is, “Be thankful for God’s many blessings. Rebekah was thankful for Jacob and Esau. I will have a thankful heart.

What I like: Our daughter is fifteen months old, so I like the brevity of the stories. Key words are highlighted, and often she will repeat the words we stress in our reading. The table of contents is very comprehensive and user friendly.

What I don’t like: The stories can almost be too simplified, and many important facts and events are left out. I would definitely prefer this storybook for younger children, even though the target ages are 3-7.

Overall Rating:
Very good

Age Appeal:
3-7, but our one year old likes it too!

Publisher Info: Integrity Publishers, 2005; ISBN: 1591452392; hardcover, $19.99 .

Special Info: In the New Testament sections there are a lot of pictures of Jesus, which may not be to the liking of some parents.

Check out our other reviews of books by Stephen Elkins.

No comments: