Looking for a more unique story Bible that the whole family will grow from? Check out Shine On, which emphasizes the theme of light throughout the Bible. More like a retelling, stories maintain the original biblical style and include a range of biblical material (law, poetry, stories, etc.) distributed fairly evenly between the Old and New Testaments. I particularly like that full chapters of poetry (such as from Psalms or Isaiah) are included. This collection relates biblical material not often included in story Bibles (the "Faith" chapter, Hebrews 11, for example). These stories are designed for the whole family to enjoy together. For each story, reinforcement activities are provided through Explore, Connect and Wonder (wonder why; wonder how it would feel, etc.) sections (1 per story). Stories are told on a 2-page spread: full-color illustration filling most of one page and the read-aloud on the other. In addition, photographs and illustrations are added in the margins when helpful to the story. Another unique characteristic is the inclusion of a wide variety of illustrators (listed in the back), so styles range from rather cartoon like to more stylized and abstract. Includes a presentation page. 8" x 10",320 pp, hc. ~ Ruth
Grow lifelong faith one story at a time. Each story in Shine On is beautifully crafted, maintaining the spirit and poetry of the biblical text in language that is fresh and engaging for children. The 320-page hardcover is filled with lively illustrations that help children of all ages connect to the stories. As a bonus, sidebars with thought-provoking questions, interesting facts, and simple activities invite families and congregations to take each story a few steps further. Shine On: A Story Bible is an excellent resource for connecting church and home and is an ideal choice for a presentation Bible.