I can't think of a better way to start off the year than by sharing
God's Word with my child. 365 Great Bible Stories: The Good
News of Jesus from Genesis to Revelation, Carine Mackenzie's
150th children's book, provides one story for each day, including
an extra one for leap year. This illustrated Bible story book is
a great tool for getting young children excited about reading God's
Even though the book is designed for young children to be able
to read a Bible story each day on their own, Carine encourages
children to read it however they wish. There isn't a right or wrong
way to use this book, since the most important thing is learning
about God! One suggested alternative is to read based on themes
and topics, such as Jesus Christ and Salvation, Wars and Battles,
or The Holy Spirit. In order to read this way, children will look
for certain pictures throughout the book.
Ideally, I wanted my first grade daughter to read aloud to me
one story each day, but she asked if she could have the book during
her rest time instead. January is only half over, and she's on
story 61! We often discuss what she's read, and I love her enthusiasm
over reading God's Word on her own.
This book is divided into six sections: Creation, the Fall, the
Flood, and the Exodus; Joshua, Judges, and the Kings; Prophets,
a Prophetess, a Queen and a Priest; The Life of Jesus; The Apostles
and the Early Church; and Epistles, Revelation and God's Word.
At the beginning of each section, the chosen books of the Bible
are listed, and Carine also lets you know who and what you will
There is one story and illustration per page, which is perfect
for young, fluent readers. At the end of each story is a section
in red called "Think"--an extra note of explanation and encouragement
from the author. Most of these are just a couple of sentences long.
I appreciate Carine Mackenzie's passion for retelling Bible stories
in a way children can understand, doing so without compromising
the original Biblical accounts. Her passion stems from her own
children's complaints that Bible stories for kids often didn't
sound the same as the Bible. This is something that is extremely
important to me! I want my own children to know Truth at a very
young age, and while I read the Bible to them daily, I know it's
important for them to read and become excited about God's Word
on their own. From what I have read in this book so far, I am very
pleased and feel confident in recommending it to others.
I think 365 Great Bible Stories: The Good News of Jesus from
Genesis to Revelation is best suited for children ages
5-8 who are reading well on their own. It would also be a great
read-aloud for younger children. Please note that the book uses
British spellings such as Saviour instead of Savior but that
should not cause too much of an issue. You can add this attractive,
hardback children's Bible story book to your library for $19.99.
Ordering is easy on www.christianfocus.com .