Picture it -you are all snuggled up next to your child, reading a story from the Bible-and poof! You come across a word that makes your child's forehead wrinkle [or is that yours?], and their mind freeze. Usually a swift thinking parent, such as yourself, can give a brief description of the word...but there are those times of befuddlement. With the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary for Kids, every time you hit that proverbial road block, you can provide a beautiful example and/or explanation to clarify the word or concept. This is a gorgeous, colorful and neatly organized reference book for the whole family.
Definitions of words/terms (750 of them) are listed alphabetically, with the edges of the pages highlighted for that particular letter. The descriptions are thorough but not overwhelming and not so overly technical, that your child will not be able to grasp the concept. There are plenty of maps relating to the life and times of the folks in the Old and New Testaments, and charts (love the Parables one which not only details the exact reference in the Bible, but also includes the lesson taught, and occasion it can be used for) listing various needful information. A child could easily become lost in between these pages, due to the engaging content and brightly colored graphics.
Notice the little colorful tabs along the side of the pages to assist in quick location of terms
The Illustrated Bible Dictionary for Kids is based on verses found in the Holman Christian Standard Bible (I saw some KJV references too), but one can easily substitute with their favorite version if need be. We personally use the NIV, but I strongly encourage the children to reference other versions too-so this is not an issue with us. One thing I did notice, (if you are very persnickety about such things, you may want to hold one in your hands and thumb through it before buying) was that some of the artwork [not all of it and the actual photography is not an issue] is atypical of what you find out there in-very white looking characters in many of the drawings/paintings. Granted, the company that put this together is at the mercy of what is available to use-and in past generations, they were not so careful about being correct to the geographical and ethnic heritage of the characters. I usually just do a mini-discussion with the kids concerning that, and move along. Since no one is alive today, who actually saw Jesus or his disciples, or the Patriarchs, and so forth-the present day art is always a reflection of how the artist felt they appeared to be. But that is true with all art-not just Bible related material. I wanted to point that out because I am sure some are more sensitive to that issue-a "just so you know" tidbit to consider.
Notice the carpenter and his son on the left page
(referring to Joseph and Jesus)-this is an example of what I mean.
Nothing major, just typical of what you find out there.
Overall, I am very, very impressed with this book. It is a wonderful resource to use for my family, as we make our way through our Bible studies. This is one of the best dictionaries for Bible reference for children I have come across. I highly recommend this to anyone, including those who are looking for a meaningful and useful gift for their favorite child, Sunday School teacher, missionary-or even for themselves!
**Please note: Lifeway sells a variety of Christian materials-including this dictionary, they do not necessarily publish all of it. Now, if you are familiar with Beth Moore, this is the place to go. I have found many great Christian related material through Lifeway. I encourage you to take some time exploring their site because they offer a lot! If you want to learn more about the publisher, then head to the B and H Publishing Group.
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ages 5-10 but really anyone of any age will enjoy this reference book
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**Lifeway Christian Resources provided me with a free Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary for Kids, to use and enjoy with my family, so that I could write this review. I did not receive any financial compensation for my honest opinion of this product.