Thursday, August 13, 2015

Believe Kids' Edition by Randy Frazee

Believe: Think, Act, Be Like Jesus Kids' Edition, edited by Randy Frazee is part of the Believe collection of resources.  This series  includes age level resources for adults, students and younger children as well.  After reviewing the adult, kids' and child resource, I was most impressed with the hard cover, full color children's Believe Storybook.  I was underwhelmed by this Kids' Edition of the Believe resource; the paperback quality reminded me of the dollar store.  I felt the strongest books in  this series was the children's Believe Storybook.

This trade paperback edition gave the impression of a dollar store coloring-book quality with  its illustrations and formatting.  It just did not give the impression of a quality book for the $11.99 retail price.  If it was priced at $2.99 for the mass market, it would be more reasonable.  Although there is a blue spot color throughout and plenty of illustrations, I feel the large chunks of text are still too monotonous.  With the inclusion of scripture texts and commentary, I do not feel that there is enough unique content to a justify purchase of this book in the context of the wide range of children's study bibles available for the school age and pre-teen age group that this book is marketed for.  With the availability of high quality affordable complete NIV youth bibles available today, I do not see how this resource stands out.  This book might be good for those younger readers who might be too over whelmed by a complete bible.  This book covers a good variety of biblical topics as a non denominational version of a "catechism". In general, there are enough people unfamiliar with the bible as it is, that if presented with the Believe series of books, will find themselves confused with these resources that present large portions of the bible, yet are not the actual bible.  As a blogger for Booklook I received a copy of this boo published by Zondervan for the purpose of writing this review.

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