November 30, 2010
We've been trying to get out of W what he wants for Christmas this year. We hoped maybe he'd tell Santa and we could get the scoop from him. Mum's the word! So, we've taken it upon ourselves to decide what to give him. (I guess he thinks it will mean more that way).
Since we know he will be overloaded with toys from all the family members, we decided to get him a Children's Bible. This has proved to be no easy task. We have been talking for awhile about getting him the Jesus Storybook Bible:
It's endorsed by one of our favorite preachers, Tim Keller, so we thought there would be no thinking to it! However, as I was about to checkout at Amazon, I started to peruse the reviews. I know there is always going to be someone with a bad opinion about everything, but there were some pretty legitimate concerns about this book. One person pointed out several inconsistencies this book had with Scripture and warned that the pictures may be too fantastical leading a child to compare it with other story books (and thus concluding it is fantasy, too!)
So, we were redirected to this:
Of course I dived into the reviews on this book, too, and 2 hours later still didn't know what to think! It seems like this provides a more accurate account of Scripture, but the concerns are that it weighs too heavily on God's judgment and not His grace. Whereas the Jesus Storybook Bible highlights God's redemptive plan all throughout the book.
We know that our primary teaching tool for Wilson will be the Bible itself, but we definitely want a supplement that helps to bring it to His level. Any suggestions? What do your children use?