100 fascinating Bible facts
The young ones
100 FASCINATING BIBLE FACTS
By Irene Howat
Christian Focus. 139 pages. £5.99
The first page of this book, for 4-7-year-olds, gives us a simple definition of facts, and a statement about the reliability of the Bible. This is followed by 100 short facts about the Bible, divided into six sections.
The first and longest section gives a Bible overview, with a brief outline of the contents of each of the books of the Bible. Then come sections on the birth of Jesus, the miracles of Jesus, the death of Jesus, and animals of the Bible. The final two facts are promises of salvation.
There are plenty of pictures, and the facts are punctuated at intervals by activities, which are introduced using the device of three fictional characters. These are: Chloe, who appears whenever there’s a quiz; Zac, who produces challenges in the form of word-based activities; and Abi, who offers extra information, including an explanation of the names of Jesus.
This book is thoroughly Bible-based, and includes both facts and opinions. The Bible overview gives the chance for children to put Bible stories in context; there are some omissions, as the facts included are necessarily selective.
The section on Bible animals will captivate the children’s interest, as well as providing some humour, and teaching useful lessons at the same time. The middle sections, in particular, are about Jesus, but much of the book points to him. The gospel is presented clearly several times, in different ways, giving a beautifully Christ-centred approach.
This is an ideal book either for initiating discussions when read together with children, or for children to read independently.
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