“Read the Bible in 1 year, 7 minutes a day!”
I’m not usually a fan of Bible reading plans. In my experience many people start, but very few finish. Most end around the end of Exodus and the beginning of Leviticus!
The Day by Day Kid’s Bible, orders the stories of Scripture in chronological order (as the events happen) and organize the narrative into 365 daily readings with an overall intent to provide an overview of the Bible in one year. Noble effort. The target ages are 7-10. It is definitely not an exciting story Bible. There are no real pictures, only subtle ones here and there (there is a strategically place and well-ordered timeline of biblical and historical events right in the middle of this book). There are two columns of text on each page (much like a normal Bible). And it is broken into dated daily readings starting with January 1. The back cover of this children’s Bible explains the rationale:
Karyn Henley, author of The Beginner’s Bible, has developed a Bible that meets the needs of kids 7-10. Since it’s divided into manageable daily readings, you child can complete each one in an average of seven minutes. Even more important, the biblically retelling bridges the gap between Bible storybooks and full-text Bibles by using kid-friendly, easy-to-understand language.
The author’s intent with this story Bible is to “bridge the gap” between a child’s vision of a Bible full of colorful pictures with simple text and the full-fledge, complete text of the Bible. It could have been a little more exciting, with some well-timed, subtle graphics for each daily reading… something to graphically hook the visual learner. However, I wonder if a family couldn’t use this story Bible wisely by doing it together with their elementary-aged children for a family devotional time in the morning, at dinner time, or before bed in the evening.
No matter how it is used, author Karyn Henley has accomplished a significant undertaking in taking the full-text of Scripture and making it both comprehensive and developmentally readable. This iteration of an advanced sort of children’s Bible could help both children and their parents actually read the whole Bible, instead of just the cute stories of Scripture almost everyone knows.
Is the Day by Day Kid’s Bible a full text of the Bible? No, but very close and comprehensive.
Does this story Bible have a lot of Bible stories in it? Yes!
Are the major Bible stories present? Yep.
Number of pages: 896
Age range: 7 – 10 years
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, August 26, 2002
This story Bible is available at:
- Wesleyan Publishing House – Day by Day Kid’s Bible
- not available as an ebook
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