I recently received a copy of The Story For Kids: Discover the Bible From Beginning to End. This book has actual Bible text taken from the New International Reader's Version (NIrV), and arranged in chronological order, with transitions that were written to help link parts of the Bible together so it's easier to understand. The NIrV is an easy to understand translation of the Bible, and The Story for Kids is appropriate for children aged 8-12, as well as older kids and adults who have a hard time following the narrative of the Bible and understanding its meaning.
I'm really liking this book. It is easy to understand, and covers all of the major stories and themes of the Bible, while engaging the reader and holding the reader's interest. The Story for Kids reads like a novel.
There are 31 chapters, beginning with "The Beginning of Life as We Know It," and concluding with "Revelation." The longest chapter is 12 pages, and the shortest is 3, but most of the chapters are in the 7-9 page range. At the end of each chapter are a few discussion questions.
I've been reading The Story for Kids out loud for our family's after supper devotions. The discussion questions have been helpful for starting conversations with my children, and drawing connections between our lives and the text, and we are often finding ourselves lingering a bit longer after our meal to talk, something that did not happen with the previous devotional book we'd been using. I like that the transitions are written in italics, so I can easily tell what is actual text from the Bible, and what is additional material.
I wish that the chapters were much shorter, more like Bible chapters, so that we could read one chapter after supper each day, instead of trying to find a good stopping point each day and taking a week or so to finish each chapter. The Story for Kids is not intended to be a devotional book, though, so I really can't complain.
Bottom line: This is an easy to read resource that will get kids (and adults) interested and engaged in the overarching story of the Bible.
I received this book for free from the publisher through Book Look Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.