Tuesday, February 14, 2012

101 Bible Adventures - Review

101 Bible Adventures - The Ultimate Quest for Truth

Author: Carolyn Larsen

101 Bible Adventures is a fun book for kids, and a great way to teach them the great stories of the Bible on a level they can understand.
Each story begins with an explanation of what is going to happen in the story.  Then, the story is told in language that a elementary aged child can understand.  The wording is captivating and exciting helping the child become engaged in what is going on with the characters in the tale.  A key verse is also provided that could serve as an excellent memory verse or just a way to further illustrate that these aren’t just fun stories but are actual events depicted in the Bible.  A cartoon drawing in the upper right-hand corner provides a visual for the reader giving the youngster visual context.  Finally, after the story is always a “Now What?” that discusses what can be taken away from this story.  Questions provide food for thought and for further conversation.

I can see this book being used either as a homeschool Bible study, as a fun bedtime or dinner time reader, or effectively being used in a Sunday school setting to help children really understand the events and characters of the Bible on their level.  The author, Carolyn Larsen, has invested a lot of time into making sure the stories are encapsulated in such a way as to hit the main historical and chronological events in short, concise stories.  For young children,  this is the best way to help them become familiar with each story and the people who participated.  Additionally, the short story format allows the child the opportunity to be able to retell the story aiding in learning and understanding.
Finally, for slightly older children, maybe early middle school, this book could be a fun devotional for them to use at bedtime or any time.  A quick nightly read to help keep the Bible present in a fun and engaging format.  This age-range of students could use the ending questions for journaling or simple personal reflection.

*** I received this book free of charge from Tyndale Media in exchange for my honest review.

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