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Adventure Bible Storybook
First, the Adventure Bible Storybook, Deluxe Edition which includes a beautiful 285-page hardback book and a set of 2 CDs. The CDs contain the entire Bible storybook and enhance it wonderful readers who use special voices as well as music and sound effects. My younger kids LOVED listening to the CDs in the car! The stories are written simplistically, for ages 4-7, and include some extraneous information not found in Scripture which may be confusing. For example, telling us that Daniel in the lion’s den could hear the lions’ tails swishing back and forth. That would be my only complaint with these well-made resources.
I tend to prefer reading the Bible rather than storybooks to my kids, but I do feel this was a great way for younger ones to start learning about the wonderful people and history in the Bible. I’m glad we have the CDs, too, because they can listen to them and follow along in the book on their own. In addition to the story, you’ll also find “Adventure Discovery” which gives an interesting fact related to the story and “Words to Treasure,” a great verse to memorize or meditate on!
Adventure Bible Handbook: A Wild Ride Through the Bible
Next, is a great book called the Adventure Bible Handbook: A Wild Ride Through the Bible. I think this was my favorite of the three titles. It’s comic-book style, hardback, and 204 pages. Here’s the premise:
“When an archaeologist on an expedition in the Holy land disappears, his four children try to find him with the help of his assistant and an offbeat tour group run by two zany guides whose mission, it turns out, is to lead kids from all over the world on a life-changing quest for the truth. Soon the group is visiting ancient cities, exploring important geographical sites, and traveling back in time to experience biblical events firsthand–with the help of RSPs (Really Smart Phones). Along the way, the children look for clues to their father’s whereabouts and learn about ancient Bible times and witness important historical events, like the parting of the Red Sea, the building and filling of Noah’s ark, and the crucifixion of Jesus. As they continue searching and their father is not to be found, the kids are tempted to give up. But finishing this crazy tour may just be the key to finding their father–and learning what life is all about!”
Here’s what you’ll find in this great book:
- A fun storyline of the kids with the tour guides traveling to different times and places throughout biblical history
- Commentary from the adults as to what the events of the Bible mean for us today
- The gospel is shared!
- Photographs of certain things referred to in Scripture, such as the animals and architecture and things found from archaeological digs
- Great art (such as Michelangel’s “The Entombment”)
- The back has a Reading Guide to the Bible (tells you where to find things), The Apostle’s Creed–explained, Scripture index and Subject index for the book, and Image Guide
I really, really like this book! It’s surprising to me because I typically don’t like the comic book style at all. But I’m going to have my 7-year-old son read it and study it next year when he becomes a little better reader. He’ll learn a lot! I might also have my 11-year-old son use it for his Bible Study. I love all the commentary that’s included.
Adventure Bible Book of Devotions
Finally, I reviewed the Adventure Bible Book of Devotions. In this paperback book you find 365 single-page devotions perfect for kids ages 8-12. Each day includes a Scripture, short story, and application questions. It’s an easy way for young kids to take responsibility for growing in their faith by reading it to themselves each day. Or it could be used by a parent in leading devotions with their kids.