My Thoughts On Another Children's Bible

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You know I love my children's Bibles, and I definitely have my favorites, but I am always looking for more good ones - so I was excited to check out Bedtime Read And Rhyme Bible Stories!

The illustrations in this book are adorable, and I love how every story is told in a rhyme.  I used to love rhymes as a kid, and I can still recite a few Bible rhymes I learned in Kindergarten.  I love the idea of teach kids Bible stories in rhymes, and this book is full of rhymes that will help kids remember Bible stories.

I did not read every line of this book, but I went through a good portion of the poems, and there was one thing I wasn't as thrilled with.  I feel like children's Bibles tend to be too surface-level, and avoid talking about the hard parts of the Bible, like sin and the fact that not every person will be saved.  This Bible seemed to fall into that.  The rhyme about the Fall seemed pretty concerned with reassuring kids that everything would be okay because Jesus would save us from sin later, but it almost blamed Adam and Eve's sin on the Serpent instead of them.  As far as our sin, the sin of people reading this Story Bible, it really wasn't addressed at all in a personal way.  Throughout the rest of the book sin is talked about in a passing way, not as a big problem that separates us from God.  

A couple rhymes mentioned believing in Jesus, but it was presented more in the vein of "Jesus saved you, and we just want to tell you that", instead of acknowledging that we are sinners, and we must put our faith in Jesus and ask Him to forgive our sins.  Not every person who lives will do that.  It may be hard to explain that to a child, but I think it's important for them to know that everyone isn't just saved by default, and this book almost implied that by omitting the jailer's question of "What must I do to be saved?"  At some point that question must be asked and fully answered in order for anyone to come to a knowledge of Jesus that will save them.

Thankfully parents are able to fill in these gaps for their children (if they fully understand the Gospel themselves), so I am not totally discounting this Bible, but I have to admit it was a bit disappointing.  I think it's an excellent book for helping kids remember Bible stories, and there is value in that.  I probably will read my favorite poems from this book to my kids.  However, my primary concern is less about helping them remember Bible stories (they will remember them by the time their childhood is over because they will have heard them so many times) - I'm more concerned with making sure they understand the truth.  I think this book falls short in helping children understand the Gospel, which is the most important thing to me, personally.  There are other books that are better jumping off points for parents to explain the Gospel to their kids (this one is a favorite of mine).

Note: I received a copy of this book for free from Tommy Nelson in exchange for a review.  This is my honest opinion.
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Jessica said...

Thanks for the review and for your recommendation. We are always looking for quality-content Bibles for our kids.

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