It’s time for another Mom’s of MasterBooks review and Twitter party – which means some more great prizes are up for grabs. Are you ready?
This month we had the privilege of reviewing “The Family Illustrated Bible” (previously published as the Children’s Bible”).
As I flipped through the book, I saw many familiar Bible stories with colored drawings as well as some black and white sketches. What surprised me, though, were the beautiful photographs that were mixed in along with detailed historical references (each one being a 2-page spread!).
For example, in the section about Joseph and his coat of many colors, we see a photograph of a statue of a Pharoah as well as some facts about ancient Egypt.
Did you know that the Nile floods each year just in time to water Egypt’s fields and make them fertile?
“Unlike Mesopotamian rivers, the Nile flooded at the right time to plant crops and the floods did not cause disaster to the land.” Fascinating!
In the New Testament portion we see a photo of the synagogue in Capernaum where Jesus taught, as well as models of some of the different palaces and temples of that time. I love seeing pictures of the coins of that era as well. (My husband is a metal detecting enthusiast, so I hear A LOT about old coins. Wouldn’t he love to find something THIS old?!) 🙂
Did you know that “Gethsemane” means oil press, and that ancient olive trees still grow in this beautiful garden?
Wouldn’t you just love to stroll along in this Garden?
My 6-year-old sits with me and we read page after page of this fabulous book. If I try stopping he begs me to continue reading it to him. (Love that!)
One of the most exciting things that I discovered was the glossary of names in the back of the book. Just in case you don’t remember off the top of your head who Publius was (the governor of Malta where Paul was shipwrecked. Paul helped to heal the governor’s father).
Or maybe you forgot that Zedekiah was “the puppet king chosen by Nebuchadnezzar to rule Judah after Jerusalem had been conquered by the Babylonians”? No worries – it’s right there in the glossary!
Before I close, I just wanted to tell you something I’ve been thinking about the 1:18 crowd (the non-believers who like to spout their untruths when they see our #teachthetruth hashtag). Saul was a huge adversary to Jesus’ followers to the point of seeking them out and having them stoned. But the Lord is greater than any man, and His power is limitless. He reversed Saul’s unbelief and in doing so created one of the more well-known apostles (Paul) and proponents of Jesus!
So although it’s very easy to get angry with the 1:18 crowd as they “crash” our parties, I ask that instead you lift them up in prayer. Who knows? Maybe these non-believers will be joining one of our future parties on the side of Jesus!
Don’t forget to join us for a Twitter party on Tuesday, August 23 at 8pm central. Follow @masterbooks4u and @mamahall and use the #TeachtheTruth hashtag
and #tttrollcall – to let us know you’ve joined the party. My favorite site for twitter parties is TweetChat – especially b/c it inserts the “teachthetruth” hashtag in for you each time you post (woohoo!).
Don’t forget to check out the Family Bible reviews on these sites for answers to the prize-winning questions!
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of The Family Illustrated Bible from New Leaf Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.