Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Family Illustrated Bible {designed by Sally Tagholm}

How would I describe this book?  
Well, first here is how the publisher describes it:  

The Family Illustrated Bible is designed to engage every age in the beautiful truths of God’s Word. This special Bible is packed with:
- exciting facts about the people of the Old and New Testaments
- vivid, full-color photos and illustrations
- detailed maps of the lands of the Bible
- clear timelines
- and a thorough index

Children will find each biblical account is easy to read. Adults will enjoy its beauty while leading their family in devotions. The Family Illustrated Bible is an excellent resource to establish the family’s foundation on the Bible. Once in the home and hands of inquiring minds, this Bible will not be ignored.

The Family Illustrated Bible was designed by Sally Tagholm, an award-winning author who has written numerous children’s books on history and animals.

Now, for my thoughts:

Yes, this is a beautiful book that is packed with both photographs and beautiful illustrations that enhance the reading of the Bible lessons.  I do think this book is what I would call a "nice to have" but in my opinion it is not a "must have."

I do like that there are many Bible stories in this compilation book that are not included in many Bible storybooks.  However, it is called by title a "Bible" and I do disagree with that designation.  It is a Bible story book in that it retells and paraphrases multiple Bible stories, but it is not an all-inclusive, word-for-word Bible.  Additionally, some of the content is theologically questionable (such as a reference to "The Gospel of Thomas").  One other qualm I have with the book is that it is difficult to tell what the target audience is.  It seems as if it is intended for children (potentially young children), but much of the wording and content seems more directed at and understood by much older children or even adults.  I do realize the Bible has content that can be difficult to discuss with young children as well, but this book being described as a "Family Illustrated Bible" seems as if it would be geared toward families of young children.  That may just be a misunderstanding on my part, though.  

Check it out for yourself and let me know what you think if you do.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from New Leaf Publishing Group. No other compensation was received. The fact that I received a complimentary product does not guarantee a favorable review.

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