Monday, May 19, 2014

Review: Candle Bible Handbook

I had a hard time getting Miss Esmé to bed last night.  Because this:  P1110089

Yep.  9:30 at night, and she won’t put Candle Bible Handbook down. Very sweet…


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.

Format:  6.75 x 9.5 inches, 256 pages, full-color heavy paperback
Age Recommendation: 7 and up 
Publisher: Candle Books 
List Price:  $17.99 
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Mom’s Review
I like.  Esmé likes.

Colorful pictures, attractive graphic design, and short easy-to-read sections make it easy to get grabbed into the content.  This is a great bridge book for kids – tweens & teens – who have moved beyond sweet Bible storybooks and want to delve deeper into Bible study.  (And as an adult, I kind of enjoy it, too…)

It includes a nice overview of the Bible, Old Testament, and New Testament, with charts and maps for easy reference.  Then there is a section for each book of the Bible, with outline, frequently asked questions, and study questions, as well as breakout sections for various topics found within the book, such as leprosy, Nazirites, potters, plumb lines, and Samaria.  Interspersed amongst the book sections are thematic elements, like a “Rome in the Time of Paul” or “Solomon’s Temple” graphic.

You can let the book drop open onto just about any page and enjoy a topic, or use it as a reference for a particular biblical subject.  It also makes a nice workbook of sorts to aid in a walk through the Bible from cover to cover.

In fact, we’ve got it included in Esmé’s summer plans.  There are 11 weeks in her summer “break,” and with 66 books in the Bible, a skim-through of the book divides itself neatly in to the 11 weeks.

For those who want to stretch it out longer, the study questions in each chapter prompt the reader to spend more time in the Bible itself, digging deeper.

This is a great bridge book for kids who have moved beyond the Bible stories of

The icing on the cake for me is the historical content.  We had a lively chat about the Pony Express today – Esmé knew a lot, but there were a lot of holes in her knowledge, and this was the perfect opportunity to fill the gaps.  There are free study guides, and you can even buy lapbooks for these books to make it a complete history unit! 


"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising): Many thanks to Kregel Publications for providing this book for review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

2 comments: said...

I must put that on my list for my great grandchildren to read. I used to love bible stories and wish this had been around when I was young and I might have found God earlier!

Vera Godley said...

I reviewed this book as well and simply loved it. I just wish I had it for my children when they were growing up. My grand daughters have it now. :)