Two reviews in a day! I’m on a roll 🙂 And I even have started Asher’s 1 year update…so that might be coming later too!
I was pleasantly surprised when I received the Believe Storybook! I had ordered this one to review thinking that it could be fun to use with Asher and to check out if it would be another good resource for church. The book is big and super nice! I was expecting it to be smaller and not as nice quality so this was a bonus! The illustrations are simple, but relevant to the stories included. They aren’t flashy or overdone, which I appreciate.
The format of the book is also different than many other storybook bibles that I’ve seen. The book is divided into three sections of “think, act, be like Jesus” and then the chapters are based on themes. For example, one chapter in the “be” section focuses on patience and includes a story about David and one about Jesus healing. The chapters incorporate both the Old Testament and the New Testament while adding in Key Ideas and Key Verses. I love that this is different from the typical storybook that goes through the “popular” stories from the Bible in chronological order. Adding in the connection of the Old Testament and the New Testament is great for kids too. Some of the wording can be a little cheesy for my liking, which is fairly true for a lot of kids books.
Mostly, though, I’ve enjoyed the stories that I’ve read and have found them to be kid friendly. I would say this would be a good read for elementary aged kids or maybe as family devotions. Also, as expected I did find a few theological points that leaned one way or another but most were written in a way that could be explained. Mostly, I’m excited to have another resource with a fun format to be able to use with kids and to learn from myself!
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