The NKJV Greatest Stories of the Bible

I love this Bible! The NKJV Greatest Stories of the Bible is the first book I’ve reviewed that I can confidently give a 5-star rating. I have been specifically looking for a new Bible appropriate for Abigail right now. She’s ready for something more than her children’s bible, but I wasn’t sure that moving up to a “regular” bible was the best next step. This Bible is not a “children’s bible” and is exactly what she’s ready for.

This is a wonderful resource for families seeking to share the Word together. It would work well for families with children of widely varying ages. Many, many stories are presented. Typical children’s bibles often omit challenging stories like Abraham’s near sacrifice of Isaac, or Joseph fleeing from the seduction of Potiphar’s wife. Both of those stories are included in the NKJV Greatest Stories of the Bible. But, not *every* story is there. For example: this bible does not include the story of Lot’s daughters seducing him, or the destruction of Soddom & Gommorrah. For the purpose of using this as a family bible with young children, I have found this book immensely valuable.

The text of this book is drawn directly from narrative portions of the New King James Version of the Bible, but the format is not in the standard book-chapter-verse presentation. The layout looks more like a novel. Each story is presented as a unit and given a title reflecting the content of the story. The length of each story is great for reading aloud. After the title, references are given for the portion of scripture used. The vast majority of stories simply include the story-specific text and present it as one story (Story #5, “Why we see a rainbow” is Genesis 8:20-9:19). Others take portions of multiple scriptures and combine them into one story (Jesus’ birth includes passages from both Matthew and Luke.)

In all cases, the text is strictly the NKJV of the bible – no additions, no reinterpretations, no oversimplification. There are no pictures. (This seemed perfectly clear to me from the description, but apparently other reviewers were expecting a typical illustrated storybook bible). I highly recommend this book as a great option for families wanting to explore the scripture together.

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