Our family recently had the opportunity to review 100 Bible Stories for Children from Tyndale Kids (a division of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.). In the hardcover book, one reads about the stories of Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Hannah, and Job, along with others from the Old Testament. The life of Jesus and parables of the New Testament include the Sower and the Lost Son as well as the journey of Peter and Paul after the death and resurrection of Jesus.
What We Like
- Beautiful illustrations
- Short chapters that are easy to read aloud – they are manageable to read aloud or for older children to read alone
- Clear, easy-to-read text
- Scripture references at the start of each story
- A titles list that provide an overview of the story to be read
I liked the inclusion of some stories that are not always found in children's bibles. In addition to this, I was happy to see the explanation provided in Chapter 25: The Passover Meal so we could discuss the holiday and its origins in Exodus. Another chapter I was pleased with was Chapter 91: The Holy Spirit. So often the Holy Spirit seems to be glossed over in children's religious studies, so I was happy to be able to read the story from 100 Bible Stories for Children as well as show my children the reference from Acts (the specific chapter and verse is provided in the book for parents).
100 Bible Stories for Children is a beautiful book sharing stories from the Old and New Testament. The pages are quite sturdy with clear easy-to-read text and colorful illustrations. Each story is accompanied by Scripture references so you can go to your family Bible to read the story in the non-abridged version.
The visuals included with each story really help bring both the Bible story and the corresponding lesson to life for children (and adults!). For example, accompanying Chapter 51: Daniel and His Friends is a wonderful illustration depicting Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the flaming furnace with an angel of the Lord protecting them. We can almost feel the heat of the furnace as the one soldier of King Nebuchadnezzar shields his face from the flames.
Another great example is the illustration included for Chapter 52: Daniel and the Lions. The art of Daniel standing amidst the lions and King Darius looking in – seeing Daniel untouched – is powerful. It really helps bring home the point that God protected Daniel from these potentially dangerous wild animals – who are snarling in the illustration!
In addition to the Old Testament illustrations, we also see the Good Shepherd protecting his herd from an hungry wolf, the sadness of Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane, and the acceptance of Stephen in the New Testament. Each of these illustrations accompany well-written text that our five-year-old can read (with assistance), making the book great for our whole family.
How We Will Use 100 Bible Stories for Children
- Bedtime story time
- Reviewing Bible stories
- Introduction of Bible stories
- After watching a Veggie Tale episode, we will find the appropriate story in the book to read
- Independent reading time
I would recommend 100 Bible Stories for Children for families who are looking for a children's Bible storybook for ages 5 to 10. Older children could also use it as a refresher or quick read for their Bible studies – especially since it has the scripture references provided for each of the 100 stories. I am sure this will be a valued book on our shelves for years to come.
For more information, please visit Tyndale Kids. There is even a PDF excerpt on the site of this beautiful 320-page book!