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My First Message: A Devotional Bible for Kids Hardcover – May 31 2007

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: NavPress (May 31 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576834484
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576834480
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 2.5 x 22 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 930 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #82,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A unique devotional Bible designed to encourage parent-child interaction, My First Message introduces children to God's Word through the best-selling Message Bible text, lively illustrations, short lessons, and a format that considers a small attention span. Much more than a storybook, it's an easy and fun way for parents to teach their children about God's Word and learn a lifelong devotional method. Features include: *A unique devotional Bible for children ages 4 to 8 *An illustrated design *Each story designed to be read in 10-15 minutes *Durable casebound cover *Fun activities for parents and children

About the Author

EUGENE H. PETERSON is a pastor, scholar, writer, and poet. He has authored more than twenty books, including A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, The Contemplative Pastor, and Leap Over a Wall. He is Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Eugene founded Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Maryland, where he was the pastor for twenty-nine years. He lives with his wife, Jan, in Montana. They have three children and six grandchildren.

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We have a few different kids Bibles around and this is my favourite. My daughter likes it, too. Because it is actually The Message, it is paraphrased but the stories aren't condensed; all the details are there. It has the Scripture reference for each story, discussion questions, and ideas on how to pray and live. The pictures are great. Jesus is depicted as a toddler when the Magi show up, which isn't a terribly important point but I was impressed.
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Appealing pics & easy to understand language without a dummied down message. Practical ideas help you PRAY and LIVE what the Bible teaches. SO surprised when Isaac(5) set the table UNasked, saying "Don't you remember mom! That's what the Bible said to do!"
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Our girls age 8 and 5 love the way this Bible is written. Enjoyable devotional times for the whole family!
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Not my favourite, it kind of rambles and uses big words for small kids.
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars 57 reviews
43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great devotional time for parents and kids July 26 2007
By Mister K - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this devotional Bible for my 5 year old son. We had been using some other kids Bibles, like the Beginner's Bible. We liked the ones that we had, but this one is the best by far.

First of all, it feels much more like Bible reading and less like a bedtime story. But the words are simple enough to understand for my 5 year old. One of the nice things is that when a word comes up that the child may not know, the book will put the word in bold type and have the definition at the bottom of the page.

Each page of the Bible reading has a discussion question. My son loves these. Some of them allow us to use our imaginations. Like during the Creation story, you get to talk about what kinds of things you would want to create if you were in charge of Creation. Some of them help you discuss particular elements of the story more in depth. And some of them get you to talk with your child about personal choices and difficulties that they face in their lives.

At the end of each reading, there is a 'Prayer' section, that gives you suggestions on things that you can pray about with your child. I like this a lot, as it helps me to show my son many different kinds of things that we can pray to God about, rather than just saying pretty much the same thing every evening (which sometimes tends to happen).

There is also a 'Live' section. This is my son's favorite part. It's an activity that you get to do together. It might have the parent discussing their own personal experiences. It might be a game related to the story. It might be the parent and child drawing something together. One of the activities that my son particularly liked was taking a walk outside together and talking about God's creation.

My son enjoyed listening to me read Bible stories before, but he likes listening to stories in general. But he really looks forward to our Bible time with this book. It's great to see him so excited about God's Word.

The book says that it's for ages 4-8. My son is 5 and it's perfect for him. I'm not sure how it would go over with older kids.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My kids' new favorite Bible! Nov. 14 2007
By Tanya Dennis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Most children's Bibles offer simplified retellings of Scripture. This one doesn't. This book tells real Bible stories, from Genesis to Revelation; it even uses the same text as the adult version. Toss in kid-friendly cartoon illustrations and age-appropriate applications and you've got an excellent study Bible to keep kids interested in Scripture.

The devotional format encourages children to Read, Think, Pray and Live.
-- Read: Included are 50 Bible stories. Biblical references are clearly featured.
-- Think: Colorful "bubble" sidebars ask questions to involve children in the story. For example, the chapter on Exodus 7-11 (The Plagues) asks "What does it mean to be stubborn?" and "Would you change your mind if all these things were happening to you? Why or why not?"
-- Pray: Prayer prompts are at the end of each chapter. After reading about the good Samaritan, children are encouraged to "pray for neighbors on your block, in your school and around the world."
-- Live: A special character, Manty the praying mantis, details fun activities and applications right next to the prayer prompts. Some are service activites or ways to reach out to friends at school. Others are drawing or craft projects. All of them reinforce the lessons from the stories.

Additional features include a parents' guide (in the front of the book), vocabulary words (definitions offered in the margins), and hidden Mannys (Manny the praying mantis is hidden in several of the illustrations).

Rob Corley and Tom Bancroft have filled this book with inviting illustrations kids love. The characters are distinct (as opposed to some children's Bibles where every character looks the same) and active. Their cartoony, comic book style comes from over 30 years combined experience in animation, most of which while working for Disney.

What I Like: This is the first children's Bible I've found to make real age-appropriate connections. For example, the author makes the story of Jonah personal, understandable by saying "God sent Jonah to time-out in the belly of a huge fish." (This is in the Pray section, not the story section.) It then encourages kids to confess their sins to God and ask Him to help them obey. I think this is a fabulous application! I also really like the introductory material. The front of the book gives several pages of parent helps to direct them in how to use this book with their children, how to effectively teach their children to love God.

What I Dislike: Some of the illustrations are a little odd, but this may be my more conservative nature popping through. My kids LOVE this book, especially the illustrations. It's the new favorite Bible in our house -- and we have a lot!

Overall Rating: Excellent.

Tanya -- Christian Children's Book Review
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars cheaply made March 11 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this bible for my son who's 6 years old. The bible stories are great, however, the book part is cheaply made. We have only had this bible for 6 weeks and the whole thing fell apart. The back flap and binding on the spine fell off after the front started peeling. I am very disappointed with the quality of book. I bought one for my sister's son on 02-26-10 and it fell apart the same way within 4 weeks. If you are looking to buy a bible that will last for a while then DO NOT BUY THIS BIBLE!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Bible, but horrible binding Aug. 27 2012
By B. Lewis - Published on Amazon.com
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We bought this Bible for our 4 year old son as an Easter gift, expecting to use it for a couple years until he was reading enough to move up to a "real" Bible. We read a Bible story each night, and he takes his My First Message Bible to church with us each week. We love the format of the book, including the Message text, the illustrations, the discussion questions, and the ideas for follow up after the story. However, the binding on the book is awful. It began to fall apart after just a couple weeks. In comparison, we have two other children's Bibles ("The Rhyme Bible" and "The Beginners Bible"), both purchased used, and both also carried around and read from for over a year, and neither one has an issue with the binding. The cover on our copy of My First Message is almost completely off the book, despite all of our attempts to handle it carefully. We've owned it for barely 5 months.

It's a great book, but really cheaply made. If you only want to read from this once a week, it might last longer, but it's not well constructed for daily use for a child in the targeted age group. I wish our son could continue to use it for another year or so, but we're going to have to look for something more durable.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great tool for one stop Bible study Dec 10 2007
By Michelle L. Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I purchased this for my children after their intense interest at the book store. I didn't realize how well it would work as a morning Bible study for my kids. The sections can easily be read in 10 minutes and it includes a section to help lead the kids in prayer. I'm not always comfortable sharing my spirituallity with my kids, and this helped me not only share it but explore my feeling about certain subjects and share it with them. My daughter noticed (don't ask me how) that Jesus had different colored eyes in some of the pictures. I can confirm that that is true..but anything that gets my kids this excited about God is a happy addition to our library.