Book Review – “The Beginning Reader’s Bible”

The Beginning Reader’s Bible, illustrated by Marijke ten Cate and compiled by Tama Fortner, is a delightful children’s Bible that uses actual text from the International Children’s Bible.  It includes thirteen stories from the Old Testament and thirteen stories from the New Testament, as well as several resources such as reading charts, lists of the apostles and the twelve tribes of Israel, and a memory verse chart.  Each story is beautifully illustrated to hold the attention of young readers.

The stories consist of not only the Bible text, but also contain a memory verse, “Remember God’s Word,” an activity, “Do God’s Word,” and a suggested prayer, “Pray God’s Word.”  While the stories are well selected, the title is a bit misleading. The text is far too advanced for a beginning reader to conquer alone.  However, any young child would enjoy being read to from this book.  The activities are certainly age appropriate for children, but some of them are merely instructions to pray about something or would require quite a bit of adult help, such as a trip to the zoo or baking bread.

Overall, The Beginning Reader’s Bible is a beautiful resource for parents or teachers to use at home or church. The resources in the back are especially helpful. Young children will thoroughly adore it.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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