Sponsored Giveaway :: Read-Aloud Book of Bible Stories

You all know that I’m pretty much crazy about reading aloud, so when Sophia Institute Press came on as a sponsor and sent me a copy of the Read-Aloud Book of Bible Stories, I was pretty excited to dig in.

Read-Aloud Book of Bible Stories

A pet peeve of mine with most Bible stories for children is that they are dumbed down- the poetic beauty of the stories gets lost in trite narratives, simplified language, and cartoonish characters. This is the story of mankind! The history of Salvation! If any story should engage our children and captivate their imaginations, it is the story told in the scriptures.

Amy Steedman did that with this very beautiful book of stories. My kids are all enjoying it very much, and they always beg for just a little bit more when I say we’re done for the day.

Sophia Institute Press is kindly offering one of my readers a copy of the Read-Aloud Book of Bible Stories. Use the Rafflecopter widget to enter (you probably need to click through if you are reading this through RSS or email); the winner will be announced within this post on May 1st.

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  1. says

    Ooh, my husband showed me this bible when it first came out and we would really like a copy. Thank you for hosting this giveaway. I hope that you are having a blessed Easter week.
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  2. Kara says

    This book is wonderful – as you say, Sarah, the language is beautiful and not dumbed down. Thanks for the chance to win this book – I have a friend with a bunch of kids that I know would love a copy!

  3. Jennifer says

    We have this book and are really enjoying it. It worked great for us this year to play “dress-up detective” for those familiar with that. I’d love to bless someone else with a copy of this book.

  4. Anne says

    We’re nearly through the children’s bible we’ve been reading this year, and I’d love to have this one to jump into next!

  5. Jana says

    What I find most important in bible stories is that my children take the stories into their hearts never to forget them. Well written with beautiful pictures helps.

  6. Deb H. says

    Just saw this book at our Catholic book store yesterday! The most important thing is that it maintains the truth, but is written in a way that we actually want to read it.

  7. says

    I have been searching and searching for a quality children’s Bible without corny illustrations. I really think that language and art are the most important considerations in children’s books, and most especially in a Bible. Thanks for doing this giveaway. :)
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  8. says

    Ooh, thanks for hosting this giveaway. I’ve just started adding daily Bible story readings for our toddler crew. This looks like a great one to build into as their language comprehension grows. Trite/cartoony collections of Bible stories bother me too.

  9. says

    This has been on my wishlist since your first recommendation! The most important thing to me in a children’s book of Bible stories would have to be a total lack of silliness. I want beautiful texts (and beautiful illustrations!) but it also needs to maintain it’s readability for my littles–it’s hard to find something that does it all :)
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    • Jazlyn says

      It is important to me to find stories that she will enjoy listening to, but aren’t dumbed down to the point where the real meaning is lost. This sounds perfect.

  10. Beth says

    To me, as long as it’s accurate, I’m pretty easy going. I get frustrated with silly additions or information that is watered down to the point of being incorrect, but beyond that I’m flexible.

    • Katie says

      BTW, I would say it needs to be accurate. I can handle it being written with kids in mind, but don’t say Jonah was swallowed by a whale. That kind of silly thing bothers me. Let’s not change the Word.

  11. Andrea says

    This looks like a beautiful book of stories that tell The Amazing Story. Thanks for offering the giveaway!

  12. Melanie says

    I’ve been looking at this book for months! Glad to hear it’s well loved, would love a copy of our own.

  13. Rebecca says

    Truth! I get really tired of children’s Bibles taking away important information or even adding to the information. I want my kids to read the truth from the Bible stories. I would love to try this one!

  14. Maggie says

    Oh my!!!! I never knew something like this existed!!! Your pet-peeves are mine. It’s terrible that I have cringed and winced when reading certain trite Bi le stories to my children I the past. Ok–I make up language on my own to hp rectify it— but I am so excited to put this on my shelf! No more improv! ;)

  15. Morgan Harrigan says

    I would love a copy of this beautiful book! Reading aloud is a huge tradition in my family. It’s one of the best things you can do for your kids! I’m thankful every day that my mom took the time to read to all 5 of us (separately, for the most part) every night until each of us moved out of the house. I’ve started the tradition with my son who is 12 months. :-)

  16. Jackie H says

    The most important thing to me would be biblically accuracy but I would also love it to be in a style that draws kids in and holds their attention – a living book, if you will. :)

  17. Julie says

    I always enjoy reading Bible stories to my children. I also appreciate when the story is not dumbed down or even “enhanced” to make the story more interesting for children. One of the amazing things about the Bible is that it can reach the youngest child’s heart while it even challenges the most scholarly’s mind.

  18. Dawn says

    Hi- I came upon your blog and enjoy reading it! Thanks for all of your wonderful suggestions as it has helped both me and my family. God bless you and your beautiful family. This looks like a great book for my children- we always enjoy stories about our faith and this one is on my “to buy” list! Thanks for the chance to win it.
    Yours in Christ, through our lady, Dawn

  19. Sarah says

    I love it when I read a Bible story to a child and they bring it up time and time again. Or when we’re in Mass and hear one of the stories and they say, “Hey, we read that story!!”

  20. Lisa H. says

    This is truly a beautiful book and would love to have in our morning reading basket. Thank you for the opportunity.

  21. Emily says

    Beautiful language and illustrations are important to me also! That seems to be a common theme! Thank you for the giveaway.

  22. Lindsay K says

    I’m really excited for a “kids bible” that’s not kidd-ish, if you know what I mean. I think I’ll have to add this to my list for godchildren gifts. Thanks for the giveaway!

  23. Regina says

    I’d love a copy to read to my kids. Something for kids but not dumbed down or “cartooned” would be wonderful!

  24. Heidi says

    I want the children’s bible to tell the story without losing the meaning of the story and without losing the beauty of the scripture.

  25. Heidi says

    We’ve got a lot of nice Bibles…but this one looks really nice as well. Would love to add to our collection.

  26. Gina says

    I have been “eyeing” this book for some time now! Would love to have it for our upcoming school year! Blessings!

  27. Jenny Panico says

    Wooo!! I am so excited for this giveaway!! this book is on my wish list!! Thank you thank you thank you!!!!

  28. Jada Sharp says

    I usually look for something that is aligned with the Catholic faith. This book has been on my wishlist!

  29. Genevieve says

    When I look at books of Bible stories, I always look first at the literary quality – twaddlish Bible stories are worse than nothing! Then I pay attention to the quality of the illustrations – that’s a huge part of how kids will perceive the story. And I check how they handle the Last Supper. It’s hard to find a worthy Bible story book – I agree with you that most are just dumbed down or downright silly. This one looks wonderful!

  30. Shannon says

    I just listened to the podcast and I’m inspired to ramp our read-aloud time back up to where it was several years ago. This book would be a great addition to that read-aloud time!

    • Shannon says

      I just realized that I didn’t answer the question. Sorry! I think the most important thing for me in a Bible story book is beautiful language. Some of them are so difficult to read because they’ve been overly…simplified. Thank you!

  31. Erica says

    Bible stories must be engaging. I agree with you that most are written for a very young audience. It would be great to have this book- I know my children would LOVE it!

  32. says

    As you said, the language used by the author is important. We love the Jesus Storybook Bible because the prose is so lyrical. Also, there are so many children’s Bibles out there with bad artwork! Why is that? We’d love to have a copy of this one!
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  33. Christina says

    thanks! sounds like a wonderful book, it was already on my wish list after reading about it in an earlier post.

    • Christina says

      oops, left a comment, THEN looked at the rafflecopter entry request. most important to me right now is something true to the Bible, not something made up for the sake of being moralistic. I have an old bible stories book that belonged to my mother, which is nice to have, but it mixes in stories of, say, what happened when Sally lied to Grandma, with actual Bible stories.

  34. natalie says

    What is most important to me in a book of bible stories is that it is (1) true to the actual bible and (2) engaging for the children. Great illustrations and very readable are a plus. Thanks for the giveaway!