Wednesday, November 28th, 2012
“What do you think I am? A dog? Coming against me with sticks and stones! C’mere, kid! I’m gonna feed you to the birds!” Three-year-old Abraham, in terry cloth robe and dishtowel head covering, plastic sword in hand, growled Goliath’s challenge.
Quickly he threw aside the sword and faced the other direction, becoming David, grasping his imaginary sling. “You come to me with a sword and a spear, but I come to you in the name of the LORD!”
This “reality” form of make-believe grew out of Abraham’s daily morning Bible time. He couldn’t read yet, so he listened to Bible stories on tape, filling his mind and imagination with the Lord who fights for his people. . . .
(From Treasuring God in Our Traditions)
Someone asks at my Facebook page: “Could you please give some Bible story audio recommendations for children?”
My children are old enough now that I’m rather unfamiliar with what’s good now. So I’m counting on some of you to give us your recommendations. In the meantime, here are a few suggestions.
I have to start with Hurlbut’s Story of the Bible, the Bible story book I grew up with. It was a gift when I was born. I had no idea till just now that it’s available in audio (In the “formats” box, click the Audio Edition option).
Since the book is designed to lead the young reader to the Bible itself, and not away from it, the language of the Bible, or a language somewhat like that of the Bible, has been employed. The Bible stories are made plain with explanation of unfamiliar terms as they are introduced, but the stories themselves are not rewritten or changed. (Amazon description)
Justin Taylor wrote:
If you’re looking for an illustrated family Bible story book, especially with elementary school children, I would warmly recommend The Mighty Acts of God. I’ve been using it with my kids and they really like it. . . . the best in terms of capturing the details of the individual stories and their God-centered point.
I wish The Word & Song Bible were available new with CD instead of cassettes, but I mention it here so you can watch out for it used. I gave this to each of my sons’ families one Christmas a few years ago.
Though I haven’t used The Lion Children’s Bible or its audio, I’ve liked all of the individual Bible stories published by Lion.
All the significant stories of the Old and New Testaments from Genesis to the book of Acts are retold in clear, simple language which children understand. The stories may be read on their own, yet they form a continuous narrative which closely follows the “one story” of God and His people contained in the whole Bible. (Amazon description)
An earlier edition of The Action Bible was a favorite of one of our sons. It was falling apart by the time he “outgrew” it. We didn’t have an audio version back in those olden days, so I haven’t heard it, but the comic book art is just right for some kids at some ages and I imagine the audio can only add to the pleasure.
Here are some of the basics I’m looking for in audio for pre-readers.
- A Bible story told without added details or characters;
- Presentation of God as the central character;
- Appropriate respect given to the Word of God;
- and less important, but helpful for a younger child’s understanding is that stories be narrated rather than dramatized.
What audio Bible stories would you recommend?
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