Max Lucado and Randy Frazee simplified the text while preserving the gist of most of the stories. If you have a child who's struggling through his King James Version, this would be a great book for him to read before tackling a passage. I like how the explanation of the text is woven into the story itself.
A word of caution, however: this is not the Bible. Either for the sake of simplicity or sparing young viewers graphic detail, the stories leave out the more upsetting bits of Scripture. Let's just say that David didn't just make "bad choices," ok?
And it's a real shame they didn't add colour to the illustrations of Fausto Bianchi. Isn't the cover of the book gorgeous? So much depth and feeling is missing from the black and white drawings inside the book. I have a feeling the originals are stunning, however.
I think this is a nice supplemental book for your elementary schooler or for a preteen who has a bit of difficulty with the more advanced versions of the Bible.
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