Bible stories (general), Bible study guides
Whats the most boring thing you can think of? Okay, now multiply it by a zillion. Thats how boring a lot of people think the Bible is. The funny thing is, most people who think the Bibles mega mind-numbingly boring have never even read it! Crazy or what?! Imagine turning down a triple whopper chicken, cheese and yoghurt burger with gherkin and custard relish just because youd never tried it.... On second thoughts that wasnt such a good suggestion. But you get my point? I mean, Ill bet you didnt even know that the Bibles got adverts in it to tell people whats going to happen in the future or that it told people that the world was round thousands of years before wed worked it out. Theres so much stuff in the Bible we wont be able to look at every bit of it but the bits weve chosen will hopefully make you start to realise that the Bible maybe isnt quite so boring as you thought. Have fun!
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The book Boring Bible: Crackers Christmas by Andy Robb begins by putting Christmas into a context which children recognise: presents, Santa, crackers, trees and carols. The story is set in context of the times. It gives interesting historical facts, for example, the story of Santa and when Christmas was first celebrated. The 'fascinating facts' boxes are a good way of conveying interesting nuggets of information. Historical scenes, such as the Roman rulers deciding to take a census at the time Jesus was about to be born, helps readers to understand what was happening at the time. Andy Robb also writes about the pagan background behind a lot of our Christmas traditions. This helps children to differentiate between our made up traditions and the story of Christmas - the Birth of Jesus. It certainly answers many questions that children might ask about Christmas. The good use of the comic style images is engaging for the reader and breaks up the text into more 'readable' chunks. The use of casual, conversational language brings the story alive and makes it easy to understand. It effectively condenses the Bible story into an easy to read, child friendly version while still managing to get the story across in a memorable way and at the same time highlighting the true meaning of Christmas. This book would appeal to both Christians and non-Christians alike and would be a welcomed addition to any school's book shelf. ~ , Association of Christian Teachers