Passing on biblical literacy to kids is important. The Candle Bible’s have been helpful and entertaining ways to do that with my kids. But the new Candle Bible Handbook is not a Children’s Bible. It is a resource designed to give children ages seven and up an overview of the message of each of the Bible’s sixty-six books. Short age-appropriate summaries, each two to four pages long,tell children what each of the books are about. This is a bird’s eye view look at the Bible but it helps kids grab a hold of God’s story.
This book is chock-full of illustrations,maps and pictures of ancient artifacts. The illustrations are ethnically appropriate (i.e. Mediterranean complexions and not blue-eyed-Jesus). So I appreciate that. My daughter (seven in a few days) appreciates a resource which tells her about the whole Bible. While I wish for more detail in places, I am also not the intended audience of this Handbook. This book doesn’t delve into difficult passages but stays focused on the broad trajectory of the biblical story. Certainly this is appropriate for younger audiences, but kids should grow into something meatier, which engages the biblical material more substantially. I give this book four stars.
Thank you to Kregel Publications for sharing a copy of this book with me in exchange for my honest review.