I love beautiful storybook Bibles, and over time I’ve developed quite a collection. So, when I saw the Believe Storybook: Think, Act, Be Like Jesus, I knew that I wanted to take a look at it and see about adding it to our collection.
The Believe Storybook is geared toward children 4-8, and contains 60 Bible stories. These Bible stories are arranged around key questions of the Christian faith in how one might think, act and be like Jesus. There are thirty chapters and each chapter has a key question, an old testament story, a jump to Jesus, a new testament story and a Jesus answer for parents and children to explore.
An example of this occurs in the chapter on love. This is in the section on being like Jesus. The key question is “What does it mean to sacrificially, unconditionally love others?” The old testament story is the story of David and Jonathan’s friendship. Then, there’s a “jump to Jesus” which is a couple of paragraphs discussing the old testament story relating it to Jesus. Next, comes the new testament story of how the good shepherd loves his sheep. Finally, there’s a page summing up the concept and how they can apply it in their lives along with a key idea sum up and a key verse that relates to the concept. In this example, the key idea is “I will try hard to love God and love others.” and the key verse is “Since God loved us this much, we should also love one another.” from I John 4:11.
The large hardcover collection of stories is beautiful, and my children love the stories and illustrations. I like the idea of thematically collecting stories and pairing them together. However, I found some of the story pairings to be awkward and some of the commentary pieces to be a little heavy-handed in moralistic works. Still, this volume is a beautiful collection of stories, and even though it is perfect for my preschoolers, even my 8 and 10 year old enjoyed flipping through the volume and discovering the stories and ideas contained within.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through the BookLook Bloggers program in exchange for an honest review.