Monday, May 19, 2014

Candle Bible Handbook {review}



The Candle Bible Handbook

About the book

Travel through Bible history with this comprehensible exploration of the Bible, following the key narratives from Genesis to Revelation. Perfect as a child’s first Bible reference, he will travel through Bible lands and times and discover how the people lived: the foods they ate, the homes they occupied, the clothes they wore, and the work they performed. There are sections of study questions throughout to further learning, as well as glossaries and FAQs to help understanding.

My Thoughts

The Candle Bible Handbook is a wonderful resource to go along with your Bible studies.

Written for ages 8-12 the Candle Bible Handbook gives you a very good overview of the Bible. From the Old Testament through the New Testament.

In the beginning of the book there is a section explaining how to use the book and how the Bible is organized.

There are two timelines one for the Old Testament and one for the New Testament.

Each book of the Bible is covered. With an outline of each book telling key points from that book.

For example Genesis outline: Creation, Adam and Eve, Noah and the flood, The Tower of Babel, Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, The story of Jacob and Esau and The Story of Joseph.

Each book also has a frequently asked questions section, maps that chronicle various routes that the people in that particular book of the Bible took as well as explanations of those places. You will also find a section called Look out for….telling you some important points in each book to well….look out for.

In addition there is a series of study questions you can use to enhance your learning.

At the back of the book is an appendix with the following sections:

  • Big Ideas and the Bible
  • Promises in the Bible
  • Fifty Very Important Passages
  • Who’s Who in the Bible

and finally an index.

I really like the Candle Bible Handbook. We have been using it in conjunction with our Bible reading. There are a lot of important facts within these pages. I love the maps they give us a better visual of where these Biblical places are and we are using this as part of our geography for school. I really like the explanations given about each town or city.

The book is also filled with beautiful color photographs and drawings. There are several pictures that take up two pages: Jerusalem in the time of King Hezekiah, Babylon, Jerusalem in the time of Jesus, The Temple, Rome in the Time of Paul and many more.

Not only are we learning a lot about the Bible we are also learning about musical instruments and animals from Bible times as well as insects and palaces and so much more!

Another point I want to make is that the book is a soft cover book and the pages lay open nicely!

If you are wanting to add more to your Bible studies I highly recommend the Candle Bible Handbook! I know I mentioned that the book is written from 8-12 year olds, but really anyone from 8-100 could benefit from it. It is not dumbed down and makes a great study guide!

Disclosure: I received a copy of the Candle Bible Handbook from Kregel in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.  


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