Boy's Faith Building ToolTuesday, January 05, 2016
Faith Building Bible: A Tool for Young Boys
Walking through the kid's playroom every night can be similar to walking through a minefield as there are building blocks of all shapes, and sizes that set off an explosion of pain on feet and heels without warning. I was warned of such a phenomenon when I had my first son, and yet every night I brave the playroom and it's tiny offenders.
Since my boys are such a fan of building blocks, especially Legos, when the chance to get the Faith Builders Bible came along I was excited (Please note I received a copy of this book from the publishers in exchange for an honest review. The following our my personal opinions, I did not receive any further compensation). When it arrived, both boys were thrilled to check it out.
What It Is
The Faith Builders Bible is an NIrV. The colorful building block theme starts with the first page to dedicate the Bible, and is followed with a fun take on a contents page. There are also a few pictures right at the beginning to copy with your own blocks (the image is clearly of Legos, but you could adapt it to any blocks you want) that match some common verses.
Spread through out the entire Bible are colorful pages with Biblical scenes recreated with blocks. Each scene has a small synopsis of the story - like Building the Tower of Babel, David Defeats Goliath and the Last Supper - to name a few.
There is also a short dictionary at the end to some of the terms and words. As well as a list of great Bible stories for quick searching.
What We Liked
The overall size of this Bible is great. It is not nearly as thick as some out there which is nice for young kids. Of course the big draw to this particular Bible is the addition of the block scene pages. My boys have greatly enjoyed checking out the scenes, listening to the story, while trying to recreate the scene with their own blocks.
What I Wish It Had
This is a basic NIrV, so there are no study sections or explanations on each page like study Bibles - which is often what I pick for my kids. Granted there is a dictionary in the back, but it is quite short, and does not help to further explain ideas and concepts that are confusing to adults, let alone children.
Also, the image pages are spread throughout, which means the scenes are often no where near their location in the Bible. This might seem minor, but as my oldest is currently becoming familiar with books of the Bible and the main events in each of them, he often got confused, for example, the image of Noah building the ark, is located in Numbers. I over heard him telling his brother, see the story of the Ark is in Numbers. I wish the images were near the story, so that the kids could look at the image, and I could read the story to them.
It would have been nice to have instructions on how to recreate the scenes, similar to the instructions kids are used to seeing when it comes to creating block scenes and such.
Who Should Get It
I would recommend this book to young boys, maybe 5-10, who are into Legos and building blocks. However keep in mind that these boys might benefit more from a study Bible... Or, if you are interested in getting the Child Training Bible kit, this could be a great Bible to use, as the book it self is light.
Overall, I was personally disappointed in this Bible. Yes, it got my kids interested in hearing Bible stories, and they interacted with some of the ideas. Yet, there are some major flaws in the layout and a study Bible is extremely helpful for young readers.
When did your kids get their first Bible? Are your kids into Legos and building blocks?
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