A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Tyndale House Publishers to see if I’d like to take a look the Little Angel’s Bible Storybook. I’m always interested in checking out new kids’ Bibles — both for my own two kids and as a resource for parents in our Children’s Ministry program. So of course, I signed up to check it out.
When it arrived, I was struck by one thing on the cover — Roma Downey’s somewhat sultry face on the cover. I don’t know.. maybe it’s the smoky eyes or the little half smile — it just doesn’t seem like an appropriate picture for the cover of a kid’s Bible. Frankly, no person’s picture should be on the cover of the Bible. What are we trying to focus on here?
Picture taken from the listing on Amazon.com
On page 16, we meet all the little angels including Uriel, the angel of creativity and Hayley, the Animal Facts Angel. Umm, yikes. Not only is this completely unbiblical, but I think it shifts the focus away from who the Bible is really about — God. There seems to be an obsession in our culture with angels and the power and protective nature of angels, but really — angels only do what God tells them to do. They are his servants and they exist to glorify God.
Maybe it’s because Roma Downey WAS an angel on her hit show, Touched By an Angel, but I just think the whole angel-craze is a little much. Apparently, its a big theme for her though, based on the fact that she’s got an entire Little Angels Series.
Beyond all that, the text in the Bible seems to be accurate. Sure, it’s paraphrased, but I it sticks closely to Scripture. I like that at the end of each story, there is a little box entitled “I learned that…” that gives some kind of practical application for kids. There are also suggested follow up activities, prayers, and coordinating memory verses with each story —- LOVE LOVE LOVE this feature!
The stories themselves seem to be filled with just enough details to give some depth to each account, but not too much to make a kid grow restless. I like that there is dialogue as well as narrative and the stories seem to flow very well one to another. The pictures are colorful and fun to look at, without being overwhelming or distracting to the reading. Although, I think the Jesus character has the exact same expression in almost every one of his accounts. Another plus –each story lists the coordinating Scripture passage, so if you wanted to look it up in an actual Bible, it would be easy to do so. This Bible covers all of the Old Testament and the New Testament through the book of Acts. It skips over all the epistles (ugh), like so many Bible storybooks do, and then ends with Revelation.
If you can get past the angel stuff at the beginning, this is really a great resource. The angels themselves aren’t actually mentioned anywhere else in the Bible (little icons of the angels are pictured, but easily overlooked), so if it was me, I would just rip out pages 16-17 before giving this to someone! All in all, worth a look, especially for a child in the 3-5 range. Grab your copy of Little Angels Bible Storybookon Amazon today!
Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.