I'm grateful and blessed to be a part of Crossway Book Review program, which is a Christ focused program where Crossways sends me awesome books for free to look over and read and then simply share my input about what I've read. It's great because I never know what books will be coming in the mail, so when I got this new book, The BIG PICTURE Story Bible, geared towards children both my kids (ages 4 and 6) saw it and immediately asked if I can read it to them. So we started this week reading 3 chapters at a time each night at bedtime, taking turns cuddling up in one of their beds. So far I've loved this book. It's not only accurate but the chapters are super small and easy to read, the illustrations are bright and encourage my kids (especially my 4 yr. old son) to ask non stop questions about everything that's going on in the picture, which sometimes takes longer than actually just reading the page, lol.
I truly love this book because it not only teaches my kids in a way they can understand it EASILY, but it's putting the Living Word of God in their hearts, soul and mind, especially when I read it to them before they go to sleep at night. I try to imagine their little minds in their beds reflecting back on what we had just read from this Bible and it brings a smile not only on my face but in my soul knowing that they'll fall asleep with the knowledge from what we just read in God's Word.
The BIG PICTURE Story Bible is written by David Helm and Illustrated by Gail Schoonmaker, which both of them appear to have been a great team in the making of this Bible. It's a thick hardback book of 451 pages, however from my understand the paperback cover is available for purchase as well. Which brings me to another point I love about the design of this hardcover book; though it has the typical paper lining over the hardcover, when this bookcover lining comes off the hardcover title, (and at times hypothetically get torn or lost) the hardcover title page itself has the exact illustration images that the cover lining did as well. I don't know about any of you parent's but this is a nice and blessed treat for me, as often times when I've purchased a children hardback book when the paper cover comes off of the hardback front the actual hardback is bare and plain and most of the time just reads the title of the book on the Spine on the outside. So I personally love that this team of two took that extra step in creating the physical part of the hardback front and back to be just as illustrated as the paper book cover itself.
Oh and I also forgot to remember to add another feature I love about this book. Instead of your young ones, or maybe even older one's who would benefit from learning about The Word of God through this Bible as they first begin their journey in serving and obeying The Lord, is that this book also asks questions to get your child to think such as when Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden being approached by Satan the snake, the book asks 'What would you do if you were in this situation? Would you obey God's command to NOT eat this fruit from the Tree of Life or would you be tempted to believe in the words of Satan? This alone brings up a time to stop reading and allow your kids to dig deep, explaining the full meaning of temptation from their every day life and perspective so they'll understand and applying these facts to this story in The Bible. I can tell you from experience in reading this Bible to my 4 and 6 year old that some of these questions really helps me as their mother to fully get an idea of how they understand and perceive things so that I can guide and teach them in any areas that I notice they don't quite get.
I've taken a few photo's of the book that Crossways mailed to me, which on the back of it says it retails in US for $24.99 for this hardcover edition, but I don't doubt you can order the paperback for a whole lot less. I just like to get the hardbacks, even though I didn't request it from Crossways, because it last lots longer and when I store it on our living room bookshelf it doesn't get easily crumpled from fitting in with all the other tons of Christian rescourse books we hold for our family, friends to borrow from, and even our kids. If you have little ones I strongly recommend this easy to read and understanding of 'The BIG PICTURE Story Bible' If you're interested in owning this Bible for your youngsters, you can visit Crossway's website @ http://www.crossway.org/, Or if you simply click on this top image of The Big Picture Story Bible book below it will directly take you to the exact page for ordering this Bible at Crossway's official website.
If you already own this book or have read it somewhere than I'd love to get your input on this book as well. It would be great to hear from you so please don't hesitate in sharing! ♥ ♥ ♥