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A Heart For Home: Heroes & Villains of the Bible Book Review

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Heroes & Villains of the Bible Book Review

Heroes and Villains of the BibleWe recently read through Tommy Nelson’s children’s Bible storybook, Heroes and Villains of the Bible.

Heroes and Villains of the Bible is a collection of true-life adventures of real people form the Bible. Some of these people were warriors for God while others fought against God, his ways, and his people.

This children’s Bible storybook contains 50 stories with actual Bible text from the International Children’s Bible version.

Each story also contains an introduction that establishes important events surrounding each section of scripture. The end of each story has thoughts and suggestions to help readers relate the stories to life today and to ultimately point children to God—the greatest hero of all!

We really enjoyed the Bible overview as the storybook told of people such as Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Rahab, Ruth, Haman, Herod, Peter, Stephen and many others. I also liked that the heroes were visually represented in the table of contents and throughout their chapter with the head of a lion while the villains were represented by a snake.

I thought the introduction and summary that accompanied each chapter was well thought out and helpful in making the stories easier to apply to everyday life.

I am not a huge fan of the International Children’s Bible translation, but I can see how it would make the stories easier to understand if a child were to read them on their own. Personally, I’d rather read from the same version we use and then answer any questions that our children have.

I did not like the digital illustration, but the kids liked them and I think they definitely make the storybook more appealing to older children, which is good since the illustrations of so many Bible storybooks are considered too babyish by many older children. The illustrations are also a little sparse with only one picture for most of the stories. The stories range from 2-6 pages. Some of the shorter stories have no picture at all.

Overall, we enjoyed this book and we will be keeping it in our library to refer to as we study various people from the Bible.

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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