I never attended Bible studies - even when I was younger. We do have a religion class but we discuss the parables of Jesus and the seven sacraments. We even have those Bible Quiz on famous characters from the Holy Bible and winners receive prayer books. Other than that, I don't have deeper knowledge on what is written in the Holy Book. At times when I don't have anything to do, I read The Revelation because it is probably the part I am fascinated most. It's morbid, I know.
On the other hand, my Husband attended a Catholic School. I envy that he can quote Psalms from his heart and discuss Books of the Apostles. So when the opportunity arrived for me to read the Holy Bible in its simplest form, I was extremely delighted. I had expectations that after reading, I can recite scriptures other than "The Lord is my shepherd."
"Big Red" is an International Children's Bible specifically translated for children. Upon opening the parcel, I skimmed through and saw an illustration of Jonah and a big fish. I immediately turned to the Husband and asked what was the big fish doing in the Bible. He replied that the Jonah was swallowed by the big fish. Wanting to know more about the story, I started my Bible reading.
I am more than half way and thoroughly enjoyed every page of it - The Old and the New testament included. Giving more adventure to the readers, you will also see maps of possible routes during the desert wanderings and Jesus' life in Palestine. Although it is meant for kids 6-12 years of age, the direct translation of the Holy Bible offers a lot of knowledge for people like me who stay away from difficult reading materials (and books written in old English). The stories were clear and it makes you wonder whatever happened next. Had I been reading other Bible versions, I would be thankful the story was over. But with this, it's like reading a magnificent story book. I am looking forward to the time I can read it for my son during bedtime stories. This is the first translation specifically prepared for children.
I only found two downside. First, I hope the book is offered in hard-bound edition. The delicate elegant paper back will be in tatters in a week. I don't think kids will enjoy being told repeatedly to be careful in handling the book because it contains the Word of God. It will defeat the purpose of having them appreciate the Holy Bible.
Secondly, the 3D graphics do not appeal to me. They are like scenes from a video game. I even thought that one illustration there of Jesus looks like Keanu Reeves. This maybe intended for PSP engrossed generation of kids but they should know there is more to life than a video game. I still want the old fashioned Jesus image with brown shoulder length hair and blue eyes. I think that is so much more holy. Besides, this is Jesus who saved mankind. He is not a character from any video because He is our hero in real life.
One more special thing about the "Big Red," is the collection of Memory Verses that children can learn to recite. It also provides a helpful children's dictionary and a simple index so kids can read and enjoy the Bible on their own.
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Thomas Nelson Book Sneeze Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.