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Best Kids' Bible Ever

A couple years ago my friend Graham
recommended a children’s Bible called href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FBig-Picture-Story-Bible%2Fdp%2F1581342772%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1238383564%26sr%3D8-1&tag=1mother2anoth-20&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325"
target="_blank">The Big Picture Story Bible
. I’d
been looking for something to start reading to Maddie, and
didn’t want simply a regular Bible with kid-friendly pictures
in it. As soon as this book arrived, I knew I’d found my

Maddie enjoyed flipping through the Bible off and on, but about six
months ago she really started getting interested in reading it.
Since then, she’s been reading several stories a week, if not
one or two a day, and I’m trying to make a Sunday night
snuggle with a glass of milk and a Bible chapter part of our weekly
routine with the girls.

Why do I like this version so much? They
don’t try to simply paraphrase each chapter of the Bible in
kid-friendly language. The entire book is written with one eye on
redemption and salvation through Christ, so every chapter builds on
the next. It truly is the Bible that gives you the Big Picture,
hinting at Christ from chapter 1. The pictures are easy without
being too cartoonish, and the story doesn’t shy away from the
truths like the crucifixion or Jesus’ flogging. One of
Maddie’s favorite stories is Lazarus, and she’s
astonished her Sunday school teacher with her grasp of the ideas
behind that miracle. Partly, it’s true, because we talk about
the stories after we read them, but also because the book makes
easy sense of these complicated ideas for our kids.

As we move towards Palm Sunday and Easter,
we’ve been reading that story over and over again –
Jesus in the garden, his arrest and crucifixion, all the way up
through Jesus’ return and celebration with his friends.
Maddie also just finished reading The Lion, the Witch and the
Wardrobe and loves drawing the connection between Aslan and Jesus,
and the death and resurrection scene. I don’t think this
difficult time would be so easy to grasp if we hadn’t been
studying this book for a while now.

So if you’re looking for a great
Bible to start teaching your kids, pick this one up. You
won’t find scripture verses for them to memorize, but
you’ll find the Redemption Story for them to absorb. And
isn’t that what's important?


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