Beg, borrow, or steal buy: Golden Children’s Bible

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In this occasional series of posts, I recommend resources for you and your family in 100 words or less. More detailed reviews may come later.

BeautGolden Children's Bibleiful, traditional language. The Bible, slightly edited–not a book of paraphrased Bible stories. Artwork inspired by the masters. Perfect for narrations. Large, durable format. Nothing inappropriate for kids. The best children’s Bible I’ve seen–and I’ve seen a lot! A classic. Great Christmas gift for your grandkids or godchild.

Two criticisms: 1) Blond-haired Jesus. I view this as inculturation. 2) Follows the Protestant canon. You’ll have to supplement for the seven missing books.

Connie Rossini

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11 Responses

  1. Gina

    I clicked on the “inculturation” link. That was a very interesting piece on inculturation.

  2. Tamara

    I am looking into a Children’s Bible for our homeschool. I remembered that you posted a recommendation last fall, but didn’t remember which Bible you wrote about. So, anyway, here I am checking back to see what I should get… and I’m wondering. Do you recommend this Golden Children’s Bible over the Fr. Lovasik Catholic Picture Bible? I really do want a children’s BIBLE, not paraphrased stories… I actually haven’t seen any myself, but had the Fr. Lovasik recommended to me elsewhere. Your thoughts?

    • Connie Rossini

      Hi, Tamara. I looked at Fr. Lovasik’s Bible a few years ago and didn’t like it as well. In general, his books are really good. I think it was more of a paraphrase of the text. I really like my kids to hear the biblical language, similar to what they would hear in Church (and often times more beautiful than the current translation we use at Mass). I have 3 or 4 other children’s Bibles for middle grades (from 1st Communion’s, etc.) and none of them come close to the Golden Children’s Bible, in my opinion.

      • Tamara

        Thanks Connie! That really helps. I also want my children to hear the biblical language. I will be ordering the Golden Children’s Bible today!

  3. Kim

    Thank you so much for mentioning the Golden Children’s Bible on the Curriculum Choice blog in regards to the NIV Discoverer’s Bible. It reminded me that I had an old copy in a cedar chest. :)

    We received a Discoverer’s Bible last fall (2015) with our Sonlight curriculum. I was happy with it at first. Nice pictures and charts. Language much more child friendly than my 1970’s NIV Children’s Bible.
    But I am so thankful that I was having my then 7 year old read passages aloud. The language is simpler, but yet not altogether appropriate. This Bible is recommended for 6-10 year olds. I don’t feel that the word “raped” is necessary for young children in Joseph’s story. Nor do they need to be reading the phrase “had sex with” every time a man is with a woman.
    So we switched to the 1970’s version that uses more difficult but much milder language. I may have to go sit in the bookstore and flip through every children’s version they have. If anyone has any Bible suggestions, I’d appreciate them!

    • Connie Rossini

      Yeah, a definite benefit of the “archaic” language is that kids don’t understand the adult parts! The Joseph story is always a hard one with kids. I agree that they don’t need to hear about rape.

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