I was delighted to be able to review a children's book about the Bible. The Bible is God's Word: The Evidence has been written by Catherine MacKenzie and is an overview of the structure and claims of the Bible. It is important that children understand why the Bible is important, how it is different from other books and how its claims stack up.
The chapters cover themes from God's Plan, who wrote the Bible, inspiration, structural unity and unity of the two Testaments. Issues such as supposed contradictions; prophecy and archaeology and the Bible are covered.
The chapter on prophecy detailing some of the prophecies about the Lord Jesus and His life on earth from the Old Testament was particularly striking. The archaeological evidence was also fascinating including some details of customs as well as actual discoveries.
The book is presented by a fictional Librarian who uses a conversational style. There are also evidence and fact boxes in the text.
I used this book to read to my six and eight year olds. We read a chapter each morning and had a very short discussion about what we had read. The book states that it is suitable for reading to 6-7 year olds and for 7-11 year olds to read to themselves. This assessment seems reasonable although this is the type of book that benefits from being read and discussed.
This book is recommended. It is easy for children to learn about the Bible in a piecemeal way. It is helpful to cover this important topic in a systematic way.
The Bible is God's Word is available from Christian Focus for £5.99.
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