Wednesday, May 26, 2010

day 143: “faith” books for teens—story of stories

A “faith” book that I have used with all seven of my children—for over a dozen years now—is a “Bible” in story form that is not a picture book but is more of a Bible “cliff notes,” so to speak. It is called “The Story of Stories: The Bible in Narrative Form” by Karen C. Hinckley.

I read it to my older children many years ago, and this winter, the boys and I added it to our morning reading routine. It is 352 pages long and is easy, clear reading. Think of putting the Bible into “story form, “ summarizing it, etc. That is what this book is all about.

While I wouldn’t substitute this book for the Bible, my kids and I have enjoyed the overview of the Bible, the reminding of the stories, etc. that we have shared in this book.

Additionally, we have done something unique this time around. We have read a part of “Story of Stories,” then listened to the audio version of the Bible that correlates with that reading. In this way, it is taking a long time to get through “Story,” but it has been interesting to read this and then listen to the real thing as we do our chores, etc.

I recommend this book for family reading with kids ages twelve and up, especially. It is short enough that about sixty fifteen minute sessions is enough to read the entire book aloud. Check it out at the link below!

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