Wednesday, May 18, 2011

ESV Seek & Find Bible

Several weeks ago, we received a copy of the ESV Seek & Find Bible in the mail for review.  The timing couldn’t have been more perfect, as this Bible is recommended for ages 5-9 and Ian just happened to have his 5th birthday coming up.  So, I was anxious to share this new Bible with him.  Here’s a bit about this Bible, as taken from the Crossway’s website:

9781433521980 Published in partnership with Concordia Publishing House, this new full-color children’s Bible combines the complete ESV Bible text with more than 120 new, vibrant illustrations of major Bible stories. Accompanying each full-page illustration is the Bible story itself, clearly and accurately retold for young readers—and for the parents, grandparents, and teachers who read to them. Each story includes a Key Bible Verse to memorize, Additional Readings for discovering more of the story throughout the Bible, and simple Reflection Questions to help children begin to understand and apply God’s Word. Colorful icons make it easy for young readers to see where each story is found in the Bible text and to locate the illustration that goes with it.

In addition, dozens of Bible characters are profiled throughout the pages, and color call-out sections provide illustrated facts about important Bible objects, structures, and places. Each Bible book begins with a child-friendly introduction, highlighting the important characters and themes found in it.

The ESV Seek and Find Bible is the ideal first “real” Bible for pre-readers and young readers, ages 5 to 9, to grow up with. It is also a wonderful resource for parents to use in family Bible reading and for teachers who teach the Bible to young children.

  • More than 130 full-page, full-color illustrations
  • Simple Bible story retellings for each illustration
  • Age-appropriate introductions to each Bible book
  • Key Verses to memorize
  • Illustrated profiles of more than 50 major Bible characters
  • Illustrated facts about Bible objects, structures, and places
  • Reflections Questions for children, parents and teachers

Ian and I have been reading this Bible together each evening.  We are really enjoying the simple Bible stories that are within the pages of this Bible.  I appreciate that it also contains the full Bible, and isn’t just a kid’s story Bible.  Even better is the fact that it’s a translation that I enjoy and that I trust. 

I might actually up the suggested age range on this Bible to more along the lines of ages 7-12 or so.  While Ian is just fine with following along as I read the stories, the Bible is rather large for his little hands, and I can’t quite see him carrying it along to church each Sunday.  Maybe in a few years. . .

In any case, I’d definitely recommend this Bible.

NOTE: I received a free copy of this Bible from Crossway in order to complete this review.  I was not compensated in any other way.

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