Saturday, April 5, 2014

Family Illustrated Bible Stories

 Family Illustrated Bible Stories published by New Leaf Press, is a beautiful bible for children as well as their families.  With a beautiful mix of artwork and even some photographs  this work is a hybrid between a children's bible, and a bible reference book.  This full color bible contains illustrations, bible stories as well as side bars of information that bring bible culture and bible history to life.  The world of the bible is vividly presented through the illustrations, bible stories and commentaries.

There is a wide variety of richly expressive full color art for each bible story.  The drawings are expressive and vivid, giving the gospel message the dignity and respect it merits.   Each illustration  compliments the bible for its  originality. The reader could spend hours just enjoying the art, maps, charts and graphics.  The informational side bars of information as well as the photographs are perfect to give some historical background to the world of the bible.  Nevertheless, the historical side bars are not just spiritual in nature as they offer historical and archeological background for biblical stories and events, in some cases.   The text is based on bible scripture, yet is more of a paraphrase. in contrast to many bible storybooks, these bible stories are a faithful representation of God's word.  They are not overly simplified and parents can trust these stories to deliver the gospel message.
  Even adult readers will enjoy the features of this bible as well as the stories. I can imagine this book of bible stories would be a perfect supplement for a history or sociology lesson with the wealth of information contained.

Overall this is one of the better, most complete bible to introduce young children and older children alike to God's word.  It is a bible to be passed down to future generations, in fact.  In the saturated market of children's bibles this one stands apart from the rest.  This bible is perfectly suitable to be read aloud by a parent, or for older children to read themselves. Not only that, this bible is the perfect study bible for young readers.  Of all the bibles on the market for children- this is among the best, quality bibles I have read.  As a blogger for New Leaf press, I received  this book for the purpose of writing this review.  This is a bible that I feel is perfect to read to my children.

Although this book is related to the Family Illustrated Bible also published by NLP, it is a bit more streamlined in that this volume of bible stories focuses more on the stories themselves. The Family illustrated bible includes additional study spreads and photographs while the Family Illustrated Bible Stories focuses more on the bible stories themselves and illustrations. While there is some overlap between these two bible story volumes, they differ in styles and content.

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available at NLP   Family Illustrated Bible Stories from NLP

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