As I’ve done these story Bible highlights, I’ve noticed that there are seemingly two main categories:
- An actual Bible, but with study elements directed toward the targeted, aged audience
- A collection of paraphrased stories of the Bible
Now most of the children’s Bibles I have highlighted have been in the second category, except for one.
This story Bible, The Bible for Children (from Good Books), seems to straddle the fence between category one (a full on actual Bible) and category two (a story Bible).
Well, how do you do that?
Good question! I’m glad you asked!
This children’s Bible is pretty exhaustive. Now let me be clear: It is not the Biblical text. But it is pretty exhaustive. No it does not include many things that the actual Bible does, but it does cover many stories. I would say that this story Bible covers the majority of the chronological narrative of Scripture. When I first started at Hayward Wesleyan, we created a chronological, storied approach through the Bible. Pretty much any story that moved the narrative along was included (now some we had to cut because of time). We wrote a curriculum to teach the story to the teachers, who would then in turn relay it to the children. The biblical story was central, but we wrote commentary on the story to walk the teachers through what it meant.
This children’s Bible seems to take this same approach, but it just sticks to the story. It’s edited and paraphrased, but the story isn’t censored. When someone sleeps with someone, it mentions that. It just relays the story.
I remember when we got to Joseph’s story and the account of Potiphar’s wife trying to seduce the young, handsome man, a couple of our teachers were wondering how we would “teach” or tell this story to an audience of kids. Well, we didn’t talk about sex, but we said that she wanted to kiss Joseph: “Now when you’re married, you’re not supposed to be kissing other guys, right?” We talked about what opens the door, not what happens when the door is shut.
The Bible for Children, just tells the story. It’s not inappropriate, per se, but I would recommend this for older children (grades 3-5), not young children (toddlers through grade 2)… but that’s just me.
Otherwise, this story Bible is just that: a collection of paraphrased Bible stories, edited and crafted with children in mind. A worthy (older) children’s Bible!
Is The Bible for Children a full text of the Bible? No.
Does this Bible have a lot of Bible stories in it? Yes, all of them!
Are the major Bible stories present? Yep.
Number of pages: 352
Age range: 6 years and up
Publisher: Good Books, October 25, 2002
This story Bible is available at:
- Wesleyan Publishing House The Bible for Children
- This story Bible is not available on Kindle or iBooks
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