Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Book Review: 5 Minute Bible Stories

5 Minute Bible Stories
By Gwen Ellis
Thomas Nelson, 2015
English, 192 pgs

Five-minute Bible stories will help little ones understand God's love.

Selections from the successful Read and Share® Bible, part of the bestselling Read and Share® series, are now available in a new design and format! Parents will capture little ones' attention during story time with these engaging retellings of classic Bible stories. Kids will enjoy the big and bright hardcover format and the colorful, vibrant illustrations as they learn about God's love and biblical characters - including Noah, Joseph, David, Paul, and Jesus Christ - in a way they can understand.

Every entry in Read and Share 5-Minute Bible Stories is just the right length to be read out loud in about five minutes. Parents will appreciate having readings that are easy-to-digest for kids and perfect for a short, snug story time. Plus, each reading includes interactive components, encouraging Scripture memory and reinforcing comprehension with quick activities for parents and kids, so the shared fun and learning can continue beyond storytime.

First off, the format of the book is great. It's a hard cover but it's puffy and soft, like a young reader book should be. There are 58 Old Testament and 34 New Testament stories. It is colorful and every story is only across one page span. No turning pages required while reading.

The stories are really short and for us, the 5 minutes was more for talking about the stories. We read the actual story in about a minute. Each one has a little question or statement for going beyond the story. Things like "Do you think Moses made a mistake?" or "Sometimes God asks us to do things we don't understand. We just need to obey." Those were more engaging than the story was for my kids. But these are also pastor's kids who have been raised with these stories and could almost tell us the stories without us having to read the words.

I'm impressed with the book and we're not all the way through it yet, so I'm looking forward to the rest of the book and the time that we spend talking about God's Word together.

I received a copy of the book for the purpose of a review on this blog and a commercial bookselling site. No additional compensation has been received and I was not required to write a positive review.

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