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The Bible Story
I have personally found "The Bible Story" series to be very responsible in portraying the authentic stories found in the Bible. Each chapter includes the Bible books, chapters and verses from which the story is taken, as well as many quotations throughout the story itself and appropriate footnotes at the end.
My parents had a set (10 volumes) of "The Bible Story", in our bookshelf at home. I cannot count the times I took down a volume just to look at the pictures. The pictures, which are for the most part excellent, and some works of art, speak as loud as the words, and will spark discussions with your children.
My Bible Friends
I have fond memories of these books in my own childhood, and over the years have purchased several sets, both to give away as gifts and use in ministry with kids. The illustrations are generally excellent (with just a few minor quibbling exceptions). The text, though somewhat too childish in places, is fine for young ones, and when I've used this in children's ministry I've tended to just ad-lib anyway and use the illustrations as visual aids. Well worth the investment.
This is the most important purchase you can make for your child. It is in the early years that their faith in God is formed. These books are very well written, they have full sized realistic color pictures on EVERY page. The pages are semi-card stock, which makes them very durable against tears. The cover, also, is very high quality - resistant against kids. These books are written with rhythm and repetition so they will help your child learn faster. I am now looking to buy my 3 month old son a set. You will also enjoy Uncle Arthur's "Bedtime Stories" and Arthur Maxwell's "The Bible Story".
Uncle Arthur's Bedtime Stories
If you have ever doubted that God takes a hand directly in the lives of children, or that he tramples out the grapes of wrath among them, or that punishment for greed and vanity is swift, sure, inevitable and irrevocable, or that compassion is like a great, warm mother, read Uncle Arthur. His stories have the power to rivet children to the spot. They know he is talking about them. Each story is a moral or Biblical lesson entire. For example, Johann is driven out of the house into the snow on Christmas Eve by "an angry and brutal stepfather." Turned away from fine, large houses, where do you think he finds unquestioning and loving mercy? The cottage of a poor old woman. "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My children..."
My grandmother bought these books for me in the early 1950's (red book edition) and I learned most of my ethical and moral principles from them. They are simply the greatest gift of moral teaching anyone could give to a young person!
Tired of wasting that important bedtime story time reading stories devoid of moral values, life lessons, or reality? you need these books. They are a refreshing breath of fresh air in an area where the mass media teaches parents to be friends instead of parents. Backbone values like telling the truth, kindness, hard work, obedience to parents, turning the other cheek, timeliness, respect for authority, faith in God, and kindness to animals, humility, responsibility and honor are taught through real life stories. My kids still beg to be read these stories. I didn't think they had that much effect until I overheard them planning to do a "secret package company" (do a good deed for somebody in need anonymously) and to react to a nasty kid at school by "heaping coals of fire onto him". (Being sincerely nice to him anyway) Boy was I proud...
Great Stories for Kids
“Thank you so much for shipping me “Great Stories for Kids” by Jerry D. Thomas, volumes one through five.
Children seem to go to what they need and your books fill that bill remarkably well.
Two days in my waiting room and already two kids brought the books along with them into my office and told me about the stories they read and how these stories pertained to them (one child has a severe stutter, the other an incest survivor/victim).
Your books have already done what I suspected they would do…help break down barriers of sensitive and troubling issues that children need to talk about if healing is to occur. And because the children who find their way to me do so because of horrific childhoods, sometimes their first instinct is to treat others in like manner. Your books, I suspect, will further serve to teach them through storytelling, appropriate behaviors as they re-build their shattered young lives.
Again, many thanks.