I’ve never been a big fan of Bible storybooks. This is partly because I didn’t think about them, partly because they were wholly unattractive, partly because they were so insipid and watery.
With five little ones, I have been looking around and have found a third one I can wholly recommend. Mighty Acts of God: A Family Bible Storybook by Starr Meade is a great pick. I’ve been test-running it on a classroom of 1st graders and I enjoy using it and it is well-received.
Meade says in the introduction that, “the reason for telling stories of God’s mighty acts is to make known the wonder of God’s great character.” I believe that is well accomplished here and sufficient attention is given throughout each lesson to pulling the theme into every story.
The format of the book is 90 individual lessons working chronologically through the Bible, almost evenly divided between the Old and New Testaments. Each lesson is three pages long, has one large picture and one small picture. Each lesson has a couple of discussion questions and a complementary verse.
The pictures are adequate, but not very compelling. It’s a great hardcover, easy to hold and sturdy.
The content is decidedly Godward, as each lesson is not primarily about the characters in the story, but about the God over the story. I love how even the subtitle of each chapter draws the reader back in to remind us how the lesson relates to God and what He is accomplishing through the story. There is good continuity, good sense, good flow. It teaches big, important lessons in a very good way.
I think that sometimes when you’re a careful parent, choosing carefully what to put in front of your children, a book like this may end up feeling regular and almost common. But it’s not. In the big scope of things, it’s a rarity today for a book to be so comprehensive, useful and important. In the small scope of things, Crossway has put out another gem of a children’s book to complement the wonderful Big Picture Story Bible [which we are re-reading at home right now and is officially for ages 4-8 but I think as young as 2 is great] and The Jesus Storybook Bible [for ages 4-8 officially, but through seminarian as far as I care].
This book officially releases in two days on February 28th from Crossway.