Friday, January 6, 2012

101 Bible Adventures The Ultimate Quest for Truth

101 Bible Adventures

The Ultimate Quest for Truth

Carolyn Larsen

Tyndale Kids

I often look for books that present Bible stories in a readable format for my Kindergartener,1st grader and 4th grader. I look for books that present God's Word in small chunks that we can do for our bedtime devotion time, so when I saw this title available, I jumped at the chance.

The 101 Bible Adventures book presents 101 two page bible stories taken from the New Living Translation Bible. Each two page segment presents a brief introductory summary of the Bible passage presented, a cute comic, a key verse, and What's up segment that seeks to provide an application or understanding to be taken from the passage. Each 2 page spread is illustrated to look like a parchment, has a key illustration for the key verse, and a hat on the now what segment.

I really liked the two-page format of the stories/verses. They were long enough to present a story but short enough to engage my children. The NLT translation is easy for my first grader to read with minimal help, which is a plus.

Next, I liked the variety of stories that were chosen. There were stories that most Bible Story books don't include such as Crossing the Jordan #30, and Contest on Mount Carmel #48 and more. I believe that children need to and can learn from a variety of Bible stories.

Lastly, I felt that most of the material was very well thought out and chosen, but I wasn't too excited about a couple of comments that were made in the Now What? Section on lessons 38 and 90. They brought in the teaching that you can hear God in your heart or mind. In 38, when they are presenting Samuel hearing God call him, they say that, “Sometimes he speaks through your thoughts and feelings.” In 90, On the Road to Emmaus they teach, “You may not hear a real voice, but you will “hear” thoughts in your mind and you will know which ones are from Jesus.” So yo might ask what is wrong...The book talks about the Quest for Truth, yest this teaching is not in the Bible. No where does it talk about God speaking in your thoughts or feelings/heart.

In Hebrews 1:1-2 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.

And In Jeremiah 17:9The heart is deceitful above all things,
and desperately sick; who can understand it?

So I'm a little wary of teaching kids to listen to their heart/feelings, thoughts, for God's voice. These things are very subjective, and God word, not matter how He speaks is authoritative...these are two small examples that bothered me, but throughout the rest of the compilation, the author emphasizes reading God's word and learning it.

One thing I would have liked added, would have been to teach a little about Jesus being God in carnate. She often mentions Jesus as God's son, which is awesome, but I think kids in the recommended age group for this book can understand the concept.

Overall, I would recommend this book. It is well designed easy for kids to read. I would only recommend parents to make sure they want to teach their kid that God speak to people in their thoughts,etc....and if not, then to just avoid those two examples.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from the Tyndale Bloggers Network. All opinions are my own.

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