You may have noticed I've been reviewing a lot of children's books lately. That's mostly because there aren't any adult-level books available for review that interest me, but also because I love children's books. My kiddos are "too old" to enjoy them, but I figure there might be grandchildren eventually, and I can enjoy children's books by myself in the meantime. I've also been reviewing a lot of children's books because they're easy to read, and I can knock out reviews quickly.
When I requested The Tiny Truths Illustrated Bible: The Incredible Story of Who God is, Who You Are, and Who You Were Made to Be, by Joanna Rivard & Tim Penner to review, I wasn't expecting much. I've read many children's Bibles through the years, and they generally fall into one of two categories: board books, that are perfect for babies and young toddlers, that generally contain about 5-10 stories, and therefore, skip a lot, or Bibles meant for children who can read well, that may be a little paraphrased, but are generally the whole Bible. There's not much available in that in-between space. Until now.
The Tiny Truths Illustrated Bible bridges that gap beautifully. The stories are a bit longer, and go more in-depth than the board book types, but don't contain so much detail as to be boring or confusing to little readers. The Bible is pretty comprehensive, containing all of the most prominent stories from the Bible, from creation to the kingdom of heaven (Revelation). The chapters vary in length, from 3 pages, up to 10 pages, and the illustrations are gorgeous. I especially appreciate that the people are portrayed accurately from an ethnicity standpoint.
Some details are glossed over, like when describing the Passover, the author says, "But God doesn't give up. Finally he sent so much trouble to Egypt that Pharoah had no choice but to change his mind." But really, do 4 to 8 year-olds need to know what actually happened at that point? Or can that wait a little while until their minds and hearts mature? The authors do a great job portraying a loving, caring God for little ones to love and trust.
Bottom line: I love this book, and definitely wish it had been around when my kiddos were younger. The Tiny Truths Illustrated Bible fills the gap in the children's Bible category. Perfect for parents to read aloud to their kiddos, or readers to read to themselves.
Visit The Tiny Truths website to look inside the book, and to print coloring sheets and other activities.
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.