Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Family Illustrated Bible

The Family Illustrated Bible

The Family Illustrated Bible is a large, hardback book. It has 347 colorful pages.

You may actually be familiar with this Bible as it has previously been published as The Children's Bible.

It has been republished with added information pages.

As I scroll through this book, it reminds me of the DK books. And actually DK did contribute to this book.

The information pages have little tidbits of information that is typical of a DK book.

Something that I don't like is the way this information is presented. The way some of the info is worded seems more like it is saying that this is what Christians believe, and is not necessarily presented as truth

For example in one area it said the disciples believed that Jesus performed miracles. This makes it sound as if it weren't really true.

The Family Illustrated Bible is typical of what you see in children's Bible story books. I have not read through every story, as that would take me a long time.

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

There were some things that I came across that didn't sit really sit well with me. 

Some examples are:

In the story of the Garden of Eden it says that God was pleased with His work so far, but there was one thing that still worried Him. Adam was on his own in the world. 

Obviously God does not worry about things, and He wasn't worried about Adam having a mate. This is not what Scripture says. I am not sure why the author put this in here. When we read this, we talked about how God wasn't really worried, but that the author worded this incorrectly.

I don't mind Bible stories.  I think they have a place in the home, but some of these stories are worded differently than they are in the Bible. And I understand that it can't be word for word when you are trying to tell a story, but some of them just don't sound quite right.

The pictures are large and colorful, although some of the pictures portray men with weird looks on their faces, and in a lot of the pictures the fingers of the men look really creepy.

For me, there is just something odd about this Story Bible, and some of the pictures are a little too weird for me. I don't think we will use this very much. We will probably stick with the ones we already have.

If you would like to more information on The family Illustrated Bible, you can find it here.

*I received this book for free from New Leaf Publishing, in return for an honest review. No other compensation has been given to me. 


Our Homeschool Reviews said...

I agree about the pictures. They look a little strange. Good review

A Dusty Frame said...

Good review!
It's so hard to find a Bible for young ones that we can wholeheartedly endorse isn't it?
Lizzie TOS Crew

Our Village is a Little Different said...

the pictures are a little scary, I think - and the wording would be a problem for me, too.

Julieanne said...

I'd have the same problems as you mentioned, if I had been reviewing and using this story Bible. Even though Catherine Vos' Story Bible doesn't have hardly any pictures, it is the best children's Bible storybook that I've ever used. We used it for years and years - it was THAT good!


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