Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Big Picture Interactive Bible Review

Are our children really getting the full meaning of the stories as we read the Bible to them? When we read the Bible to our children, the stories are often in bits and pieces and focus on "being good." But children should get the message of "being saved" from reading the Bible instead. The Big Picture Interactive Bible (B&H Kids) is the first children's Bible of its kind-the Jesus story from start to finish, filled with features and interactive elements that capture the true meaning and significance behind all of the verses and stories.

The Big Picture Interactive Bible has nearly a thousand features in full color throughout including pictures of key items so children can understand what they're reading. The B&H Kids Augmented Reality App (free and available for Android and iPhone) creates a digital pop-up book when used with full-color illustrations, bringing the Bible to life for each child. It features the full text of the Holman Christian Standard Bible, a clear, contemporary English translation that's faithful to the original languages of the Bible. 

Other features included are:
  • Big Words - Colorful Bible Dictionary entry with photos, maps, illustrations and descriptions of key terms, right in the Bible text.
  • Big Questions/Big Answers - Kids always want to know why. This feature asks and then answers many of the common "big questions" throughout the Bible.
  • Christ Connection - This feature can be found from Genesis to Revelation and will help kids understand how each story points us to Christ and His work for us.
  • Introductions - Basic information about the books of the Bible will give kids perspective on the who, what and when for each book as well as "the Big Picture" from that book and key stories it contains.
  • Icons - Special icons are placed throughout the Bible to connect to the Gospel Project for Kids curriculum.
  • Memory Verses - Scripture memorization is much more than "saying the words." When a child memorizes a Bible verse and puts it to practice in their daily life, that child begins to learn how God can lead his life. The top 100 verses to remember are highlighted throughout the Bible.
  • Parent Connection - This feature is designed to help parents be empowered to engage deeper in the story with their kids.
  • Seeing the Big Picture - This feature digs into key Bible stories to help young hearts and minds grasp the meaning and provide parents with extra information to discuss
  • My Thoughts:

    Wow, this is really a nice children’s Bible!  This isn’t a complete book of the Bible but, with1, 288 pages plus nice colored maps it is a great Bible for those budding scholars searching God’s word.

    What makes this Bible so different from other children’s Bibles?

    Augmented Reality-I know that sounds unbiblical and something in a video game. That was the comment I got when I told my kids about this AR app. There are 146 pages that act like a digital book when you use the B&H Kids AR app. Narrations are read by Jenna Lucado. Just scan and it takes your kids to a Bible story that comes alive. This is a really fun and unique feature for a Bible having a built in app that you can download on your smartphone. The app is a free download.

    Other features are Big Words, Big Questions?, Christ Connections,  Kid Friendly Bible Introductions, Verse to Remember, Parent Connections, and Seeing the Big Picture.

    The illustrations are eye catching. Nice thick pages for kids who aren’t always easy on pages. The books of the Bible are in chorological order.

    This is a Holman Christian Standard Bible version that is easy for kids to understand.
    My only complaint is the print size. I would prefer it to be a tad larger.

    What’s the most important thing to pass on to your children? For my family it is a strong
    foundation in God’s word to help them have a personal relationship with our Savior Jesus.

    This would be a great Bible for a child who can read well or who will be read too. My family will enjoy curling up on the couch reading, “The Big Picture Interactive Bible”. 

This book has been provided to me my by B&H Publishing  free of charge and in no way was I asked to give a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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