- It has beautiful, realistic illustrations (painted, not cartoon). I want my kids to know that the Bible is reliable, trustworthy and true. I'm afraid that cartoons, while cute, do not send that message.
- It has a LOT more stories than most children’s Bibles, including many that you'd be hard pressed to find elsewhere!
- It does a good job of connecting the stories with one another so that the child has the feeling that it’s one, big story rather than a series of totally random events. Most kids don't know the Bible at all, but those who do know the key stories have no idea how they relate to one another or in what order they belong. This Bible helps with that issue.
- One thing I really like is that the angels do not have wings. This is remarkably difficult to find in a children’s Bible! Are you scratching your head? I have searched high and low for biblical evidence that angels have wings ... and have come up with nothing. (Cherubim are not the same as angels!) If I'm wrong, please help me out!
- There are a small handful of stories that are uncharacteristically embellished. That is, most stories stick to what the Bible says, but a couple of stories insert a great deal of interpretive material that distracts from the Bible story itself (such as the 10 lepers, where the author offers reasons for why all the other lepers didn’t come back to say thank you). There's just no adequate substitute for reading Scripture itself to your kids, but a children's Bible can be a great introduction to the best book in the world.
- And unfortunately, our favorite Bible can be hard to find. We bought ours in the Philippines, but it is sometimes available through Amazon.
I wish you all many happy hours of reading Bible stories to your children! Bible Time is one of my favorite parts of being a mom. :)