I remember my first BIG girl Bible given to me by my mother. I read that Bible everyday. I think this was the Bible I used when learning about Bible Journaling. I underlined my favorite verses from Genesis through the rest of the Bible. My mom encouraged me to write in my big girl Bible, jotting anything down I felt the Lord prompting me to write. I used that little Children’s Bible for many years and believe it or not I still have it. Now my boys have these same Children’s Bibles of their own!
When looking for a Bible for your children, it’s important to take your time to find the right one that fits them. Here are a few things to keep in mind when searching for the perfect Bible for your little ones.
1. Matches Their Personality – Each child is different. One may love sports while the other may love nature. You’ll find countless children’s Bibles that address each child’s interests. Meeting a child at their passion will not only make them yearn to read the Bible but learning the Bible will leave a more lasting and positive impact on their life because it touched them in a way that was meaningful to them.
2. Pictures – I haven’t met a child yet that wasn’t captivated by pictures. Goodness, I still don’t mind a photo or two in my books because it helps to grasp a better understanding of what’s going on when there’s a picture to lead the way.
3. Simplifies Bible Stories Without Losing Value – Something that’s important is that my child grasp the meaning behind the Bible story they’re reading. Some children’s books take a Bible story and try to recreate it into a fairytale. The stories are exaggerated and some of the more important details are lost. Bible stories aren’t fairytales. However, I am okay with a Bible that tells a fascinating Bible story to capture a child’s attention without losing meaning.
4. Affordable – I can’t tell you how many times I found the perfect children’s Bible only to look at the price tag and nearly faint. I’m not putting a price tag on my child’s spirituality, per se; however, there are so many options available that paying an astronomical amount isn’t necessary. Keep looking if the price is too high. I guarantee you’ll find a price you’re comfortable paying and it will still be perfect.
5. Theologically sound – We don’t necessarily mind some cuteness in children’s Bible storybooks. Each of our children have had a few of these books. However, we must ensure the stories found inside the Bible storybook are theologically sound.
I was recently sent the NIrV Once Upon a Time Storybook Bible and the NIrV Once Upon a Time Holy Bible to review. Not only do both of these have appropriate stories but they simplify them for children in such a way that none of the values of the stories are reduced in any way. They have beautiful, bright, and engaging photos to spark the imagination, and the pricing is extremely affordable for such great quality.
It can feel like a big responsibility when tracking down the perfect Bible for your child to grow into, but it’s all worth it in the end.
Stories included in the Bible are-
- God Makes Man and Woman
- Isaac and Rebekah
- Ruth Finds Happiness
- Queen Esther
- Mary and Joseph and an Angel
- He Lives!
Issues with the Once Upon a Time Storybook Bible include the fairytale theme itself. I fear that children will read this storybook Bible and think the Bible is full of magical quests and tall tales. I fear children will look at the Bible as entertainment, and not for wisdom and Biblical truth. For this reason I would probably not select this Bible if I was purchasing for one of my children. Also, I do have a beef that this Bible does not include many details other Bibles include, such as intro’s to chapters.
Details about the book include a vocabulary list at the end and 33 wonderful stories! Now with all that said…..
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I was sent a copy of the book and story book in exchange for an honest and fair review from Propeller Entertainment. The opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.