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Growing in God's Love: A Story Bible Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-06-30 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0664262910
LANGUAGE:English

"Growing in God's Love: A Story Bible by Elizabeth F. Caldwell; Carol A. Wehrheim is an illustrated book that pays attention to quality and detail. While it says it is a book that children can read, I believe it should be read to children.  I am impressed with this book, the wording, and I like how it is designed to be interactive between adult and child with three simple questions at the end of each story.

Most of the stories are between one and two pages counting the illustrations and three questions and start at the beginning of the Bible in Genesis and through the old testament and then into the new testament. The verse location in the Bible is given under the story title.

The author did a great job of covering Bible topics in a way that children can understand but in a way that adults can gain a blessing as well. 

I received an ARC from Westminster John Knox Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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" The book is cute for children, but i do not see anything special, different from the other children books " said.

" For my granddaughter who is 8 years of age. She enjoys reading about the Bible stories . " said.

" Nice addition to a family library. It is however a read to a child book rather than a self reader. Author's interpretation of some stories may differ somewhat from what can be found in other books. Book copy received through a goodreads giveaway. " said.

"According to the author info, this book of Bible stories is geared towards 4-8 year olds. I don't really think so. I think it's geared toward adults to read to young children but so much would be too difficult for children themselves. I also didn't care for the amount of literary license that was taken with individual stories that changed so much in the stories they were trying to retell. I have found several sources that I feel do a much better job towards children understanding Bible stories and connecting them to todays life. One example would be the Alice in Bibleland series which is not only more accurate but also is more likely to capture the interest in young readers." said.

"I’m not surprised to see so many negative reviews of a Biblical storytelling that seeks to name God’s live across so many boundaries that humanity prefers to uphold. This is a Bible to read to your children — as I have with mine — for the family who wants to see pictures of people who are black and brown. This is a Bible for families that seek to name God by names other than Father (or even him). It’s a Bible for families that hope to imagine justice, peace and especially love within this realm.

I read this Bible to my infant who loved the pictures and appreciated the short chapters, but it’s clearly a Bible meant for a school aged child who has encountered difference and begun to struggle with morality. I love that each story ends with reflection questions for the child. These are questions I can see spark conversation with my child while I’m reading to her when she’s older. I can see clearly how the authors intended these stories/chapters to be picked out after a tough day at school. I look forward to how these stories might shape my family’s faith.

As a parent and a pastor, and honestly as a white woman, I struggled a bit with the assumption that seems to be continually made that the child will be in the helping position. The authors seem to assume privilege in the reader and this made me a little uncomfortable even if there are more stories of women in these pages than most Bibles. That said, this is the only children’s Bible that I’ve found that uses inclusive language and this alone is a win.
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"I found that I struggled with this and it was on the one Chapter of Where Does God Live? Let me quote.

THE BIBLE TELL US THAT GOD HAS MANY HOMES AND CAN BE FOUND IN MANY PLACES, OFTEN WHERE WE LEAST EXPECT. GOD IS FOUND IN THE BEAUTY AND MANGNIFICENT OF NATURE, IN THUNDER, IN FIRE AND BUSHES, IN THE WIND AND IN A PEACEFUL DOVE. JESUS OFTEN TRAVELED INTO THE WILDERNESS TO LISTEN FOR GOD'S VOICE. HE KNEW THAT GOD COULD BE FOUND IN NATURE. ...THE BIBLE ALSO GIVES TO WHERE GOD MIGHT BE FOUND, BREATH, LIGHT, MOTHER, FATHER, WATER , BREAD OF LIFE.

The following is a the definition of Pantheism is the belief that the Universe (or Nature as the totality of everything) is identical with divinity, or that everything composes an all-encompassing, immanent god. Pantheists thus do not believe in a distinct personal or anthropomorphic god.

I also found that the Old did not reveal New. What I mean by that is that Jesus was not shown in the Old Testament. I appreciate especially in children's books when the Old Testament is made alive and you can begin to see the tie between the Old and the new and that is Jesus and the Gospel. Also you cannot have the gospel without speaking on repentance and what repentance means. A turning away from sin and to the work of Christ. Little ones can learn this and need to learn this so that their faith maybe a strong foundation.

Now to end my review with the positive. The book did comprise of many events of the bible and each chapter ended with What you hear? What you See? How you can Act? This is a book would go well with a family devotion so that all insights maybe shared.

Is this one I would give to my own grandchildren? No. Is it one that be used to share God's love and to become familiar with the bible narrative. Yes

A Special Thank You to Westminster John Knox Press and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.
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"AN ILLUSTRATED CHILDREN'S STORY BIBLE

I am very impressed with the quality, attention to detail, and amazing illustrations in this Growing in God's Love, A Story Bible. As a mother, grandmother, and former Sunday School teacher, I am impressed with this book, the wording, and I like how it is designed to be interactive between adult and child with three simple questions at the end of each story.

Most of the stories are between one and two pages counting the illustrations and three questions and start at the beginning of the Bible in Genesis and through the old testament and then into the new testament. The verse location in the Bible is given under the story title.

At the beginning of this book, which is over 350 pages, is the Content and at the end is the Scripture Index.

The book indicated that is it ideal for children ages 4-8, but I think even older children would enjoy reading the stories and seeing the pictures.

I won a copy of this hardback book in a Goodreads giveaway and I am under no obligation to write a review and do so voluntarily. I am happy to add this book to my "children's library" bookshelf for them to enjoy.
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