Reviewed by John Perrodin
The Amazing Bible Factbook
"...kids will find The Amazing Bible Factbook a wonderful resource."
As an adult my impression is that The Amazing Bible Factbook is a mess. So much going on – it’s full of color, photos, charts, and graphs. You might say it’s a sensory overload. One page is about “education”, another about “music.” And each general topic gives tidbits hardly related to the others. But this is called a factbook for Kids for good reason. Children are the ones the American Bible Society wants to overwhelm with how unique and interesting Scripture can be. And they succeed admirably.
The “messy” appearance is actually a huge plus. The young readers in my family didn’t want to give up this book when I asked them to sit down with it and give me their comments. I had to pull it out of their hands to work on the review. But I did promise them that they’d be able to absorb the hundreds of details at their leisure later.
The Amazing Bible Factbook is divided up alphabetically by subject. Young readers can go down the index and find something of interest or – more likely – they can simply start paging through until they find a topic that strikes them. Take “history.” The two-page layout provides an easy-to-grasp timeline from Creation to the Return from Exile. The time period is noted as well as major events, and the Bible books that provide the source material are also included. At the bottom of the page is a “Did you know?” tidbit about Ruth. The enticing, interesting facts exist to draw kids to God’s Word.
The section on “idols and foreign gods” is intriguing because of the illustrations chosen. Children get a short introduction to the many distracting religions that God’s people found so tempting. The story of the shameful golden calf is also explained as a reminder of how easily even the faithful can falter.
A rather long section on “kings and queens” is made more interesting by the selection of artwork, including a small boy wearing a red cape and gold cardboard crown. The youngster represents Josiah, the boy king, and will certainly delight younger readers. Again, as with all of the well-documented information, the original biblical sources are noted for those wanting to study further.
With topics ranging
from “angels” to “worship,” kids
will find The Amazing Bible Factbook a wonderful resource. Though geared
specifically to readers 8-12, children younger and older will also find
much to capture their attention in this bright, eye-catching volume. Click
here to buy from the American Bible Society.
John Perrodin is the Senior Editor for the Christian Writers Guild. He co-authored the Renegade Spirit Trilogy with Jerry B. Jenkins. The latest release in that series is Seclusion Point (Thomas Nelson). His book, Simple Little Words: What You Say Can Change a Life, written with Michelle Cox, releases in April 2008 from David C. Cook. Please visit www.simplelittlewords.com to find out more about the book, and visit John's website www.johnperrodin.com to find out more about his writing.