One day I clicked through to their site to see that they were looking for people to review the NKJV Greatest Stories of the BIBLE for them. I checked out the links, and knew I really did want this book. So I signed up.
I had seen the cover shot (shown here!) but that didn't do justice to the book. When I opened the package, I was impressed... it just looks so much like that old family Bible. It looks creased, worn, and well-loved, with an attached ribbon bookmark.
Once I got inside this Bible, I loved it even more. This is a "story" Bible in the sense that it is broken up into stories -- 250 of them, in fact. But it is a "real" Bible in that it is using real Bible text.
What do I mean by that? Well, let's jump to the New Testament ('tis the season) and take a look. Story #204 is called "Jesus Before Time" and it consists of the text of John 1:1-18. This is one of the shorter stories, being only one page (most stories are 2-3 pages). It starts off with "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God." And so on. Yes, verse numbers, just like you would expect in a real Bible, but wouldn't expect in a "story" Bible.
Now, these stories don't necessarily go straight through the Bible, including everything. If we jump forward a couple of stories, we read "John the Baptist Arrives" which is Luke 1:5-25, 39-45, 57-80. They double space between the paragraphs where they jump over verses, so if you want to figure it out, you have a visual clue that something is missing.
Being a story Bible, it does not hit all of the Bible equally. As you'd expect, there are lots of stories from Genesis and Exodus, and not many from the prophets or the epistles. Basically, 3/4 of the book covers Genesis, Exodus, Joshua, Judges, 1st and 2nd Samuel, 1st and 2nd Kings, and the Gospels. Being a story Bible, I expected pictures. But I wasn't exactly disappointed to find that there aren't any.
I like this format. We’ve read through the Bible in a year. We’ve read through a chronological Bible in a year. When the older guys were younger, we read through a more traditional story Bible in a year.
What I plan to do with this Bible is to read it Monday through Friday. Read a chapter of Proverbs on Saturdays. And read Psalms on Sundays. If we are consistent, we'll read through a huge portion of the Bible in a year. So far, this has kept the attention of my 5 year old, yet it gives a nice overview for my older ones too. (I tend to lose the 3 year old though.)
Disclaimer: As Thomas Nelson Book Review Blogger, I did receive this book for free from Thomas Nelson. The fact that I received a complimentary product does not guarantee a favorable review. It does guarantee a review. A fair review. But I am not going to praise something unless I think it deserves the praise. If I don't like it, you'll hear that. And hopefully with enough detail as to why so you can decide for yourself if what I hate about it makes it perfect for your family. For more about my take on reviews, visit my blog post here.