Book Review: 100 Bible Stories for Children

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What’s your favorite Bible story? Do you remember the first time you heard it or what you thought about it?

If you grew up in church your answer might be very different from someone who came to faith as an adult.

If you come back (or do a first read of) some classic stories in the Bible – stories that most people know about, like Noah building the Ark or Adam and Eve in Creation or Jesus’ birth in a manger – reading these stories as an adult can be like seeing them all over if you read a version written for a child’s eyes. This was my impression when I reviewed 100 Bible Stories for Children, published by Tyndale Kids. I loved how this collection kept the integrity of the Bible by keeping the stories in the order that they appear to us today, in a “grown-up” Bible. I also liked how they also included stories that I hadn’t heard in a long time, like Elisha replacing Elijah, Jacob stealing a blessing, and the story of angry King Saul. And I loved how it took pieces out of stories that could raise an adult’s eyebrows – like how Esther becomes Queen because her future husband gets furious at his wife for humiliating him in public after a week-long drunken feast – and it takes these same stories and doesn’t omit the truth, but explains things in a kid-friendly way. (King X got tired of his wife. Really sounds simple, doesn’t it?)

I highly recommend this book for any parent, Sunday School teacher, or anyone who wants to teach young kids about the Bible. I can easily see young kids being fascinated by these stories and the pictures that go along with them. And I can see a book like this becoming part of a parent-child storytime routine… where Mom or Dad gets to tell a story again or even learn it for the first time.

FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to give a positive review.

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BROKEN by Carol DuPre`, Olive Press Publishers: A Book Review

 

BROKEN:  A Pastor's Wife Shares Her Story

What is a pastor’s wife? What does a pastor’s wife do? Is she supposed to behave, think, act or dress a certain way?

Carol DuPre` has answers to all these questions and it’s a sensitive subject for her.

For nearly 30 years, she was married to a pastor. But her world changed dramatically when relationships broke down and her world shattered. This life-altering event that she metaphorically refers to as “the bus crash” is the focus of BROKEN.

In a collection of highly personal reflections, DuPre` explains how her life unraveled and her faith helped her transition from the crisis into a different life.

BROKEN is an intimate work of what happened in DuPre`s life, but she doesn’t tell all. “The bus crash” event involved many people, but it seems that DuPre` may have intentionally omitted some details. She feels very betrayed by other people’s choices, but she doesn’t share many clear stories about the behaviors of the people who hurt her.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.