Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Standard Bible Story Readers

My daughter, Trixie, has taken an interest in the lovely little Bible Readers by Lillie A. Faris. She is working her way through them for her free-reading books. I'm so glad she's discovered them! I love the beautiful illustrations and simple text.

I love even more that she's noticed a few liberties that have been taken with the stories. Yesterday, she asked for details about a story that mentioned Joseph and Mary returning to the first inn they tried to find a place to stay in when they arrived in Bethlehem, and being directed to the stable. She had heard the true story enough to know the Bible doesn't say that they returned to a previously visited inn. We looked to the Scripture and confirmed that is was an addition to the story. I explained that narrated stories sometimes add details that are not in the Bible and to keep an eye out for that. She's becoming a Berean!

Despite this little error, these Readers are well worth finding in their original editions. They are inexpensive, the art is beautiful and the poems, stories and songs are worth adding to your home library.

"It is impossible to mentally or socially enslave a Bible-reading people." -Horace Greeley

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