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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Oasis; Unabridged 3 CD's edition (September 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598593005
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598593006
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 14.4 x 1.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #800,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Disjointed and Unsuitable Nov. 11 2010
By Evan Getz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
My daughter recently received this book as a gift and was excited to read these stories with me. When I sat down and read with her, I was disturbed by the way some of these stories were told. The authors try to select stories other than those usually included in collections of Bible stories for children, which is a fine goal but very poorly realized in this case. First, these stories are disjointed. In each selection, there is very little sense of a story--it's as if the authors wanted more to make an interesting (even shocking) story than one that is successful simply by virtue of its use of plot, tension, and compelling characters.

Also, the details the authors use to flesh out the Bible stories were sometimes unsuitable for children. For instance, the story of Zacharias and Elizabeth contains lots of extras obviously meant to elaborate upon the skeletal biblical account of the couple's relationship. The authors write that after Zacharias gestures to Elizabeth what the angel told him, then "That night Elizabeth and Zechariah slept together and a baby began to form inside Elizabeth's body." I am far from prudish abotu human sexuality, but every child who already knows how babies are made does not need the reminder of how John the Baptist was conceived. And children who have not yet been informed about the details of conception are likely to be confused by this story.

Obviously, the Bible contains lots of details inappropriate for children, and this book seems to seek opportunities to introduce "growing kids" to these details. Sorry, but I think "growing kids" should be introduced to more complex thoughts regarding salvation, the Incarnation, and the goodness of God rather than incidents of rape, murder, and sexual intercourse (all of which are mentioned at least once in this book).

Bottom line: If parents choose to read this book to their children, they should edit it as they read, but it's really not a good book to read in a church or school setting.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Disapointed April 20 2009
By F. C. Patterson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
While there are many more stories to tell from the Bible than the ones that are typically included in children's books, this selection was at times shocking. I also understand that there are many instances in the Bible of horrible atrocities with lessons to be learned from an adult perspective. However I wouldn't enjoy explaining these to my 6 year old. Several stories, in my opinion, were not suitable for my children to hear. The stories of Hagar, Dinah, and Lot stand out, with semi graphic depictions of brutality, murder, and rape. Reading these would undoubtedly lead to questions from my daughter that at this point I shouldn't need to answer.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Harsh voice, strange content Sept. 21 2011
By readerme - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I was delighted to get this for my kids to hear. Unfortunately, Shannon's voice is extremely harsh, so it was difficult to listen to. She sounds angry, mean, and harsh. Her enunciation is too rigid, with odd consonants being emphasized, making it have a grating sound quality. Also, the content does not seem to be picked for children. While I agree that the whole of Scripture should be taught and instilled in our children, the stories seemed inappropriate. Overall, this was a strange combination and I would not recommend it.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Love it! June 3 2008
By M. Laster - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
We are in the middle of this one and are really enjoying it! My 6 1/2 year old son really likes these stories! The illustrations are beautiful and the "growing time" section after each story tells interesting facts, asks questions and helps your child apply the lessons to his/her own life. If you are looking for a nice collection of bible stories and your child has outgrown the really "kiddie" versions, this is a great chioce!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A great book of Bible stories for kids Nov. 24 2010
By Christine M. Irvin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Bible Stories for Growing Kids, written by Francine Rivers and Shannon Rivers Coibion, has 30 stories from the Bible, 17 from the New Testament and 13 from the Old Testament.

Each story focuses on a person in the Bible. According to the author, the stories are "fictionalized" and written "from the point of view of one person. In some cases, several stories cover the same situation but from different perspectives." The first story is about Abraham, with references about him from the books of Genesis and Hebrews. Three more stories from Genesis focus on Hagar, Lot's wife, and Dinah. The stories are in chronological order through the Bible. Scripture references are included for each story.

Each story is 4-6 pages long, including illustrations. A section called "Growing Time" is given at the end of each one story. This section is intended for sharing with family members. It includes "interesting facts" about the character mentioned in the story; "Truths from God's Word" that relate to the story; "Things About" each character; "Thinking about Your Life," which has thought-provoking questions about how the story/character relates to the reader's life; and "Praying For," which gives some ideas of things to pray about in regards to the story's subject matter.

The expressive illustrations by Pascale Constantin are mostly done in bright colors, but there are a few black-and-white illustrations scattered throughout.

What I like: This book of Bible stories is a bit different from any I've read before. There is a good assortment of Bible characters mentioned, but many of them are lesser-known ones like Jehoiada, Balaam, and Dorcas. I didn't know who some of the people mentioned in the stories were until I read about them in the book; you might not be very familiar with them either.

I also like the fact that each story focuses on a person in the Bible. Most Bibles for kids have a mixture of stories about people, such as Noah, Moses and John the Baptist, as well as stories about events, such as the Creation, the Great Flood, or Jesus' birth.

What I Dislike: There is a full-page illustration depicting some type of modern-day family or group setting at the end of each story, opposite the page titled "Growing Time." I was a bit disappointed to find that there are only four different illustrations that end the stories, used repeatedly throughout the book. I realize I'm being a bit nit-picky by mentioning that, but I think it would have been nicer if each story ended with a different picture.

Overall Rating: Excellent.

Christine M. Irvin - Christian Children's Book Review


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