Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Velveteen Bible

Recommendation: Recommended

This is a new children's Bible being published and when I came across it I thought I'd take a look at it. It is an actual Bible (NKJV), not a Bible story book or a picture Bible, but there were some things I liked about it and some things I disliked.

Positives: A great big thumbs up for the size of this Bible. My 5 year old immediately claimed this as her new Bible for 2 main reasons: The small, easy to carry size and the coverbox it comes in. The size makes it easy for her to bring to church and carry around. Secondly, the box cover helps keep it protected and gives it a nice "home". I also liked that it came with a plan for reading through the Bible in a year at the back of the book. What a great reminder to parents to fill their child's mind with God's Word on a daily basis. Even if you don't follow that plan, have a plan of your own for regular Bible reading with your children.

Negatives: Can I really say anything negative about a Bible?! Well, this particular Bible comes with a soft rabbit on the front (velveteen) and 12 colorful illustrations inside. I do not care for either of these elements. The picture of a bunny on the front of a Bible does not thrill me and I don't particularly care for the similar illustrations inside. The pictures do not give a Bible story scene, they are simply meant to be colorful illustrations with a Bible verse next to them.

Talking Points: Deuteronomy 6:4-9 - "Hear,  O Israel, The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates... (ESV)

Age Level: 0-6

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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