A Bible storybook for all children, Bible Stories for Young Families is especially a book for young families. In many families, there will come a time when a three-year-old and a seven-year-old sit down together for a Bible story. Between these two ages there is a large gap in comprehension, and parents can find it difficult to find a story Bible appropriate for both. Bible Stories for Young Families bridges the gap with engaging pictures and story-telling for all, and multi-levelled questions following each story:
Bible Stories for Young Families is also a book for new parents. It can be difficult for new parents to teach God’s truths in a simple way to young children. How can the great truths of the Christian faith be taught simply without being oversimplified? This story Bible can help. Moving through the Old Testament narratives with engaging stories that are true to Scripture, each account is followed with questions that will help you plant specific biblical truths in their young hearts—with the prayer that God may send his Spirit to water the seed of his Word! Questions that may be challenging are supported with suggested answers as well as Scripture references, and every story is verified by Scripture references as well.
Why read a story Bible?
Perhaps, as you glance through these Bible story links, you are asking yourself: Isn’t the Holy Bible the only infallible book we have? And isn’t the Bible the living word of God that the Holy Spirit of God is pleased to bless?
Yes, and yes again! God’s word must become central to your children’s lives. The stories from this story Bible are not intended to replace the reading of the Bible in your home. Instead, they are a tool. In each story you will find that the teaching of God’s word—or the narrative of events—has been gathered from various chapters and books of the Bible to be presented in one simple, story-telling for children. Questions following each story involve the youngest to the oldest listeners in recalling facts and making applications to their own lives, while looking up relevant verses in the Bible. In a way, this easy-to-read-and-understand-book is actually something of a children’s Bible study guide.
Still not convinced? Why not read a few sample stories. The books are not in print yet, so I’d love to hear in the comments section if you find the work to be of value for your family! You will find that in the story-telling I have tried to use every detail I could glean from the Scriptural accounts, and have only added in supplementary details that are specific to that country and time period, or general to all of mankind. The Old and/or New Testament references that preface each story will confirm how central the Bible is to these retellings!
Why include colourful illustrations?
llustrations are well-suited for keeping the attention of young, three to four year old listeners. Children that are frequently read aloud to can visualize stories internally and follow story-lines by the age of five or six, but it can be hard for young children to keep names like Jehoiakim and Jehoshophat straight in their minds, and without pictures, every Biblical event is easily attributed to David, Noah, or Jonah! Simply seeing each character illustrated in a different, coloured robe can be enough of a visual clue to remind a child who the story is about and how this story relates to people in previous narratives.
Favourite Children's Books If you are always on the look-out for a good story and wonderful picture books (like I am), HERE are some of my favourite books for kids. It’s very hard in a life-time of reading to make up a list of favourites, but the criteria I used to decide whether a book was a favourite or not was simple: each book had to be one I would gladly read for the second or third time!