The Beginning Reader’s Bible – Illustrated by Marijke ten Cate
This is a beautifully illustrated children’s Bible in the tradition of the adult study Bible. I love this idea. The Bible is separated into three sections:
- Stories from the Old Testament
- Stories from the New Testament,
- Resources to Guide your Children.
It includes many key stories from the Bible, including the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ, a vital message that many children’s beginning reader Bible’s leave out.
The things that make this children’s Bible stand out are the other resources included. First, this Bible uses actual verses from the International Children’s Bible translation, including the chapter and verse reference. I think this is a great way to begin introducing children to the skills they will use in future Bible reading and study. In addition, scattered in key locations throughout the Bible are memory verses, verses that can be used as prayer to God, and suggestions on how to apply God’s word to our daily lives. There is a real emphasis on the importance of getting God’s Word into our hearts. Plus, this Bible teaches kids about praying God’s Word back to Him, and the importance of doing God’s Word.
In the last section, Resources to Guide your Children, you will find many helpful tools in one convenient location. This section covers many of the ideas from that Bible that are important to our Christian faith, such as:
- The Ten Commandments
- The Twenty-third Psalm
- Selected Verses from the Book of Proverbs
- The Lord’s Prayer
It also has a reading chart, a memory verse chart, a prayer of salvation, and other helpful resources for kids. The format is simple and easy to follow.
One more thing to note – This book is big and sturdy. Before I received it, I was expecting the typical smallish kid’s Bible that is so common. This is a good sized Bible with sturdy pages that developing readers will not be able to easily rip or crinkle. It is well constructed and beautiful to look at.
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