Sunday, May 15, 2011
Seek and Find Bible
To my surprise and excitement I received a book to review that my son was really in need of. It’s called “Seek and Find Bible”. It comes in hardcover with a jacket cover on it. This is a “REAL” complete Bible and not just another one of those cartoon like bible for kids that only highlight certain stories from the Holy Bible. It‘s a “word-for-word” Bible translation written in ESV which is English Standard Version. I like this because it makes it easier for my son to understand when he’s reading along while we’re having our time of family devotions. Geared to kids ages 5-9 it has “kid-friendly features that they can grow into over the years”. I personally think the ages should be extended by a few years because some kids at this age level may not be mature enough (especially due to learning disabilities) to use the features as intended.
The “Seek and Find Bible” comes with many great features. I love the 130 beautiful paintings that illustrates an important story or event in the Bible. They are located right along with the text of the Bible. The paintings are also “paired with a retelling of that particular Bible story in child-friendly language". The stories summarize the longer Bible passages and were carefully crafted to help children understand the Bible. It’s like having their own little devotional within. At the beginning of each book of the Bible you’ll notice a brief one-page introduction that has key information about each book. These include the author, date, key people, the purpose, central themes, a timeline, and memory verses.
You may be wondering, “so why is it called Seek and Find?”. At the end of each Bible story there’s a “Seek and Find” section. There you will find the icons for each of the features to make it easy and fun for them to locate and connect the Bible passages, stories, key verses (I love that they are highlighted in blue), and paintings. There are usually three key questions in this section to encourage conversation and thinking between the children and adults about the story. The related Bible readings lead readers to other parts of the Bible that are connected to the story by major themes, events, or characters. There are also over 50 character profiles where key people are highlighted. Your kids will enjoy looking at the full-color illustrations while reading a brief description to bring understanding of who they are, what they did, and how they fit into the storyline of that part of the Bible.
We love looking at pictures in this Bible. My hubby and I were talking about how the kids Bibles now are so cartoonish. We missed seeing the colorful paintings that were in our big family Bibles they had when we were kids. This Bible has over 20 full-colored illustrations with short descriptions of Bible places, structures, and objects. In the back there is also a dictionary, a concordance as well as full-colored maps to help your kids locate the Bible places and travels of Jesus and other key people in the Bible they read about. This truly is a “REAL” Bible and great for kids and adults who teach them. I would have loved to have this myself back when I taught in the nursery at my old church.
The cost for the “Seek and Find Bible” is $27.99 and you can buy a copy at Crossway.org. While you’re there you can download a free PDF excerpt from this Bible. While you’re there be sure to take a look at more reviews on this and other Christian books on their blog.
Disclaimer: Crossway Publishers provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion of this book. No other compensation was provided.