We use a lot of storybook Bibles in our home as a tool for teaching our children about our Christian faith. We also like to bring them to church for our kindergartener to look at during the preaching. So, I figured I would join this week’s book tour hosted by Kregel Publishing and check out one of their newer storybook bibles The Candle Classic Bible. This storybook bible has been available since 2012, so if you are familiar with it personally I hope that you’ll share your opinion too in the comment section.
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Note: I was not able to read the entire The Candle Classic Bible. Usually I read books in their entirety, but due to the length of the book (256 pages) and the busyness of school starting, I had to skim the book. I did read portions to my children and observed them while they looked through the book on their own.
Overview of The Candle Classic Bible
I was immediately impressed by the length and detail in The Candle Classic Bible. The storybook bible has a mature feel to it with a massive length of 256 pages packed with small text and brief stories. The storybook bible contains 365 stories, making it a perfect resource for parents looking for a devotional book to read to their kids each day.
The stories in The Candle Classic Bible follow the traditional order of the books of the Bible rather than chronological order. The book is easy to navigate with a complete table of contents listing every story under subheadings dividing the stories by character or book of the Bible.
Each story includes a chapter reference that the story is based on making it easy for parents to include scripture reading with the book. While every chapter of the Bible is not included, the selections did include a wide variety of scripture passages and looked like they would provide children with an excellent introduction to the Bible.
Writing in The Candle Classic Bible
The Candle Classic Bible has no listed author, and I wondered while reading it if a team of authors had written it. The stories are written in a simple conversational style. For the most part the stories stick to the biblical narrative with occasional conclusions or comments added. The writing was simple enough for children to understand, but lacked that engaging, imaginative quality that excellent children’s writing always has. The writing also overuses the exclamation point, but in the realm of Sunday School style materials what more can be expected! (Okay, I admit that was a lame joke.)
from the story “Jesus Loves Little Children” (page 312): “Then he picked the children up and held them in his arms. He often warned people never to do any harm to a child. Children are important to Jesus, and he loves them very much.”
from the story “A Surprising Announcement” (page 40): “Then he said, ‘I am your brother Joseph! God spared me so I could save you from dying in the famine. I really am Joseph. Go back and tell my father I’m all right. Bring him here quickly because the famine is going to last another five years.’ At first his brothers couldn’t believe it, but finally they recognized him, and they were so happy!”
Illustrations in The Candle Classic Bible
The illustrations were similar to the classic style of illustrations used in older Sunday School materials. I liked the more serious tone of the illustrations (no cheesy looking Noahs smiling beside giraffes), though some families might find a couple illustrations of battles inappropriate for smaller children.
Even though every story did not have its own illustration, every page had full color illustrations. The illustrations like the writing were simple and appropriate for children but lacked any extra imaginative qualities.
Formatting of The Candle Classic Bible
The formatting of The Candle Classic Bible was wonderful. The pages were high quality, thick glossy sheets. The binding seemed sturdy and the cover was thick. The book also had a red ribbon for marking the place. Again, the Table of Contents was very easy to navigate.
My Opinion on The Candle Classic Bible
Overall, I thought that The Candle Classic Bible would meet the needs of most families. The material was comprehensive, and I especially liked how the the book helped parents study the entire Bible with their children. I also felt like the book was a great choice for parents looking for a devotional resource to engage multiple ages of children. Since, the stories were told in their most basic forms, I also believe that the storybook Bible would be great across denominations and could be easily adapted to meet a family’s particular needs.
The greatest weakness of The Classic Candle Bible in my opinion was as I mentioned above, the storybook bible lacked the imagination and ability to really speak to children that is present in some of the best storybook Bibles. If used just as a guide, parents could compensate for this by supplementing with other resources and adding to the stories.
Find The Candle Classic Bible on Amazon.
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