Not a complete Bible, Joy Melissa Jensen retells many well-known stories of the Bible in 365 brief sections. It is an attractive book with thick, glossy pages and colorful illustrations. Each reading lists the Biblical reference for the story, which is helpful for adults who may want to review the actual Scripture prior to sharing the lesson with a child. There is also an index at the beginning, so that a particular story can be readily found. It could be an excellent tool for starting the habit of a daily devotional reading with your child. There is a page at the end of the book with a few thought questions, additional reading and activities. More of this would have been a welcome addition.
Information about the book states the age range as 4-10. Although the stories are short, some of the vocabulary is better suited for the top of the range. Parents or teachers using it with younger students should be prepared to offer simple explanations for some of the words and concepts.
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If you’ve been following our blog for any length of time, you know I love books. Today I’m excited because I found a great website our readers should visit if they have young children or grandchildren. Here’s the link: http://readaloud.org/.
Evidentially one of the best things you can do for your children is read to them. My mother read to me and I, in turn, loved reading to my girls and my granddaughter. They still remember some of those favorite books. Anyway, there is a reading challenge on the website — 15 minutes a day for 21 days. Twenty days results in a habit, ninety in a lifestyle.
As a Christian parent, I would like to add this suggestion: spend some of those reading times on Bible stories. When our daughter Kate, was in second grade, we went to her parent/teacher conference, and the teacher told us this story about our daughter. They had a story time each day when the teacher read aloud to the students; sometimes the children brought favorite books for her to read. One day Kate brought in a book of Bible stories. Her teacher explained she was not allowed to read them to the class, but Kate could certainly bring her book to read to herself during their “free reading” time. Kate did this, and her teacher said pretty soon a couple other kids were reading Bible stories during that time, too!
So, I say, read to your kids; read Bible stories to your kids. Let them see you reading your Bible. It will become a habit and then a lifestyle. It will influence them and they will influence others.
Let me know if you take the 21 day challenge! It starts on October 2nd and I want to hear your stories!
God loves you and so do !!