Sara and I were both thrilled when Crossway Books sent us their new Seek and Find Bible to review. We were excited for a couple of reasons. First, we love to read God’s Word together. And, although Sara already had a children’s Bible in the New International Reader’s Version (NIrV), she liked the idea of trying out a new Bible for children in the same translation that her parents have and that “Pastor Matt” teaches from on Sunday morning. And we liked the idea of challenging her reading level a bit and helping her get used to reading and understanding the English Standard Version (ESV). Second, Sara watches me work on my blog a lot and liked the idea of taking on this project with me. I also thought that a joint father-daughter review would be helpful for both Crossway and for the children’s ministry of our church (The Village Church), as well as other parents considering this Bible for their children.
I (Sara) am almost 8 years old. The Seek and Find Bible helps me understand what I am reading with beautiful paintings that help me picture what is happening. I also like the mini Bible stories. They help me understand more about the stories. I also like the “seek and find” at the end of the mini bible stories because they help you find the bigger Bible story and give you questions to think about the story. For example, “How does God feel about sin?” Me and my dad talked about that question and decided that God hates sin. I can’t usually say the word “hate,” but I can use it to talk about sin. I also love the character profiles because they help you remember the important things about the people in the Bible stories. For example, in the story about Cain and Abel, I didn’t know they were the first two children. Abel had faith in God and Cain didn’t. I think Cain was a “stinker;” he was mad just because God accepted his brother’s sacrifice and not his. The Seek and Find Bible is helping me understand God’s story better.
Sara and I (Greg) really have enjoyed reading The Seek and Find Bible together. Sara reads the ESV text with relative ease. (Of course, her mom and I think she’s a great reader anyway.) And, as she pointed out, this Bible is packed with helps to make reading easier and more enjoyable for younger readers. We believe that Crossway has published an excellent children’s Bible that our family will enjoy for many years.
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