Why Parents Should Buy These Bible Story Books

If you’re a parent of young children and want to begin teaching them to love God and His Word, a good use of about $10 is to buy Read-Aloud Bible Stories (any of the four volumes) by Ella K. Lindvall. Here’s why…

First, the stories are God-centered, which from my experience is hard to find. In the Read-Aloud Bible Stories, like the Bible itself, God is the hero not the people. The main point of the David and Goliath story, for instance, is that God helped David, NOT that David is courageous. Then, at the end of each narrative is a helpful page titled “What did you learn?” It states a few brief God-centered points in order to promote discussion with your child.

Secondly, the author clearly understands what it takes to help young children engage in a story. Lindvall has the gift of reducing complicated Bible concepts down to simple ones (while remaining faithful to the original text). She also utilizes a few literary techniques like onomatopoeia (i.e. “splash, splash” or “step, step, step, step”) and simple repetition to draw kids into the story. My toddler and baby both love to hit the kitchen table in unison when they hear the “CRASH! BANG!” of Jericho’s wall falling in the story of Joshua. And, one of my favorite uses of repetition is in the story of Joseph. The memorable and God-centered phrase “Was Joseph happy? No, but God was there. And God helped him” is used again and again.

Lastly, the illustrations by H. Kent Puckett capture the attention of both my 2-year-old boy and 11-month-old girl as they sit at the breakfast table. With large pages full of colorful and simple images, the kids’ eyes are glued to what is happening in the story.

If you’re interested in picking up one of the volumes of Read-Aloud Bible Stories, you can purchase one in The Crossing’s bookstore or here. I hope your family enjoys them as much as we do!

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