Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Candle Bedtime Bible

I received a copy of CANDLE BEDTIME BIBLE: THREE, FIVE, AND TEN-MINUTE STORIES by Karen Williamson from Candle Books via Kregel.  Christine Tappin is the illustrator.  This is a children’s Bible, but colorful pictures and simple, yet engaging, retellings of Bible stories.  Each story has sheep image at the top with the amount of time it takes to read the tale – three, five, or ten minutes.  That’s perfect for when you don’t have a lot of time, but still want to fit in one more. 

I especially like this from a teacher’s standpoint.  Children can build their reading self-esteem by working up to the more complex stories.  Reading the shorter ones won’t feel so overwhelming.  From a more religious standpoint, the Bible stories written for children will help them to understand what they heard in Church.  They can go home and read what was just covered, and comprehend the material on their own level. 

I highly recommend this to instructors and parents.  With the colorful cover, this makes an excellent gift, and can bring children and adults together for hours of Biblical, literary enjoyment.  My family and I read this together, for we enjoy comparing and contrasting different Bibles.  I will be passing it on to a friend and coworker, who has a seven-year-old son.  I gave him a different children’s Bible and he found great pleasure in reading from it before bed.  Hopefully he will enjoy this one as much if not more.  

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