Tuesday, September 8, 2009

A Family Guide to the Bible

A Family Guide to the Bible
By Christin Ditchfield
Published at Crossway
About the book
All Christian parents want their children to gain a better understanding of God’s Word, but many of them are still searching to completely understand the Bible themselves. How can they confidently share what they believe with their families?

A Family Guide to the Bible takes readers on a fun and exciting tour through all sixty-six books of the Bible and offers parents, grandparents, and teachers a better understanding of the Scriptures so they can help the children in their lives know what is in the Bible, where to find it, and how it all fits together. As Christians become more familiar with God’s Word, they will gain greater confidence as they share what they believe with their family and friends, help answer questions concerning the Bible, and encourage others to grow deeper in their walks of faith.

Who is Christin Ditchfield?
Christin Ditchfield is the host of the syndicated radio program “Take It to Heart!” heard daily on stations across the United States, Canada, Central and South America. She is a popular conference speaker and author of more than 40 books. Her articles have appeared in numerous national and international magazines, including Focus on the Family, Today’s Christian Woman, Sports Spectrum, and Power for Living.

My Thoughts
I took the time to explore and compare The Family Guide to the Bible before writing my review. The two books I used for the comparison part are: What the Bible is all About by Dr. Henrietta C Mears and Willmington’s Bible Handbook.

A Family Guide to the Bible is a wonderful tool to own in your house so that you can get more information about every single book of the Bible. However, I must confess that I am a little disappointed with the depth of the information in the book. I was expecting more details and so on but it isn’t the case. It gives you a good overview of the books found in the Bible with information related to the book (author, audience, setting, story and message), a key verse or passage, a section which give you more information on how this is related to the rest of the Bible, Words to know with definitions on specific words found in the book, a section called Did you Know? with information concerning this specific book, and a section titled Making the Connection in which you can read some specifics related to this book and history.

Now, if you are looking for something more complete and exhaustive, I would definitively go with one of the two that I have used to compare A Family Guide to the Bible. However, if you are only looking for something to introduce yourself and your kids to the books of the Bible in more details than what you can found in a study Bible, this book would be perfect. I know that I will use it in my homeschool because the two other books are a little bit too complicated to understand for children. As parents it is our primary responsibility to teach our children about God and His Word. This book will help you to give more details about each book you will find in the Bible. It is perfect to introduce your children to biblical studies. It is never too young to start to learn more about God and His Word.

A Family Guide to the Bible published at Crossway is available everywhere even at amazon.ca and indigo.ca.

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