Zondervan is a part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing. They are a world leader in Bible publishing and provider of Christian communications. For more than 80 years they have provided its bestselling Christian Bibles, books, curriculum, academic resources and digital products. Their products are sold in multiple formats, worldwide in more than 60 countries, and translated into nearly 200 languages. Zondervan is the North American publisher and licensee of the NIV (New International Version) Bible translation. Zonderkidz is the children's division of Zondervan. They provide Christian products for kids under 16. Zonderkidz is also the publisher of the NIrV (New International Reader's Version) Bible translation, the 3rd-grade reading level edition of the NIV.
The Faith Builders Bible is a bible for children. It is written in the NIrV bible translation at an easy to read 3rd grade reading level and 9 point font. This hardcover Bible combines the popularity of brick-building with the Word of God to make learning more fun and engaging. Includes 24 full-color pages of illustrations that coincide with the scriptures and is the complete NIrV of the Bible (from Genesis to Revelation). There is also a nice dictionary in the back and a list of great Bible stories with their scriptures that correlate.
How We Used This and Our Thoughts:
We usually work through the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible at our home Bible studies because we feel it to be the most correct translation, but I do love that the Faith Builders Bible is so easily readable for younger kids. My daughter Teela who is seven years old and in second grade was able to read it without difficulty and the pictures in it kept both my daughters occupied. Teela especially loves reading this Bible to her younger sister, Zari, who is five. The pages (except for the ones with pictures), like most Bibles, are a little delicate, so we encourage her to turn the pages with care. We now have been using this along with our KJV Bible studies and I believe it has helped my younger children understand the words and what is happening better.
|My boys' collection of Lego pieces (Christmas 2013)|
My family is a huge fan of building blocks of all sorts, especially Lego! The Faith Builders Bible brings the scripture to life with fun pictures of scenes from the Bible stories built with Lego like blocks. Scenes like Noah building the Ark, The Ten Commandments, Solomon's Temple, David defeating Goliath, the Birth of Jesus, the Last Supper, etc. Each illustration has a title, short description, and a "Building Block Verse" (a verse of scripture in the Bible to go along with the illustration that can be used as a memory verse). These pictures will get your little one's creative juices flowing.
My children love building all sorts of things with Lego, but they hadn't thought of creating scenes from the Bible before. This is a great way to teach Biblical concepts because it is even more hands on. It is wonderful family together time if you build with your kids. I love to use it with our Legos for Family Home Evenings at our family scripture study. It is really amazing that with as many Lego bricks and figures as we have we found that our set could use more pieces to be able to build different Biblical scenes. Still it was quite fun to see what we could do with what we had.
|Zari built a cross out of Lego bricks.|
We do wish there were more pictures with builds and more prompts with activities to do. There were no instructions on how to build the things in the pictures, either. The Faith Builders Bible really wasn't jam packed with activities or devotionals like some children's Bibles I have seen before. It had a few prompts for things to do, but it was a bit lack luster in this realm. Even though this was the case, I still would recommend this to anyone who: wants their younger children to understand the Word of God better and have kids that love building things.
The Zonderkidz Faith Builders Bible is just $24.99.
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