Review: The Story for Kids from Zonderkidz

null.jpg_13159You’ll find out that God’s story is not just a collection of random adventures—it’s a complete story that tells about God’s great love for his people. Using the New International Reader’s Version (NIrV) of the Bible, The Story for Kids reads like a novel. Events, characters, and teachings are arranged in order to show God’s unfolding story. This revised edition has updated transitions and all-new artwork. You’ll love reading the greatest story ever told!

My kids love reading their bibles. It’s no big secret that the more pictures the text contains the more interested they become. They want to see the story unfold, in picture form. before their eyes. The Story for Kids does that exact thing in a format little ones can easily comprehend. The Story is written in the popular NIrV version of the Bible which helps children connect the pieces together in a helpful manner.

What is The Story? (from thestory.com)

The Story is an abridged, chronological Bible that reads like a novel. There are no verse references, and Scripture segments are seamlessly woven together with transition text into a single grand narrative. For those intimidated or overwhelmed by the unabridged Bible, The Story helps people understand God’s Word more fully and engage with it more easily.

Simple, accessible, and easy to use, churches are finding The Story a powerful way to engage their people in Bible reading like never before. As The Story brings the Bible to life, the broad scope of God’s message will penetrate hearts. People of all ages will be swept up in the story of God’s love and God’s plan for their lives.

My thoughts on The Story.

I’m not a huge fan of the New International Readers Version of the text. I prefer a more, what some would call rigid, translation in the ESV. The problem is that my five-year old daughter can’t easily comprehend the ESV without requiring an explanation. There are also a few other things I didn’t particularly enjoy about the text. For example, there are some details that I would like to see added and do so when my daughter is reading. I like her to have chapter and verse numbers so that her verse memory becomes accurate. There are also Twitteresque sections that link together the text. They do so in a manner that leaves out some description or they use wording which I think is too flowery. Overall the text is great for young readers and that’s who it’s written for, so it’s no a problem that I disagree with some of the things they do (or don’t do). My kids love it but to me it sounds too much like a paraphrase, and I’m not a fan of paraphrases.

Personal thoughts aside, the text is arranged in a fashion where it reads like a novel. This is quickly becoming popular and even the ESV crew is getting on that train. It’s simple, it’s readable, and therefore it’s great for my kids. Other than starting them off on a different translation I don’t see anything wrong with starting them off small and then moving on to something a bit more meaty.

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