What if you could combine Bible reading with your child’s favorite building toy?
Then you would have Zonderkidz‘ awesome new Bible for brick-building kiddos, the Faith Builders Bible! We were ever so fortunate to receive and review a copy of this outstanding Bible for Jackson to use. And we have just loved it!
The Faith Builders Bible was created especially for children (or really, Lego lovers of ANY age) by Zonderkidz, the children’s publishing section of Zondervan. It is a complete Bible in the New International Reader’s Version, which lends itself very well to children who read on their own, or for parents reading the Bible to their children. The language is very accessible to younger readers, or those in elementary or middle school. But this Bible also has some very special features that will delight brick fans of all ages!
The Bible itself is an 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ hardback book with a laminated cover. It’s just over an inch in thickness and is very sturdy. The pages (except for the color photos interspersed throughout the Bible) are tissue-thin, as you’ll often find in Bibles.
The Faith Builders Bible contains the following:
- Table of Contents
- an Alphabetical Order of the Books of the Bible list, complete with page numbers
- A Word About the New International Reader’s Version
- All 66 books of the Bible
- a listing of “Great Bible Stories” and their page numbers in this Bible
- Bright, glossy pictures of astounding creative brick builds of crucial Bible scenes
- “Building Block” verses and building ideas
- The ABCs of Salvation, The Lord’s Prayer, the Fruit of the Spirit and more
We like to include Bible reading as part of our homeschool day, and as part of our lives overall in general. Jackson used the Faith Builders Bible for his daily Bible reading. I assign him a chapter or two for his devotional reading, which we like to do at the beginning of our homeschool day. We’ve also used it for Bible read-alouds for a Bible study we’re currently doing on parts of the New Testament.
I like to vary Bible versions for my own Bible reading, because for me sometimes a different wording of a familiar verse can bring fresh meaning or vision. The NIrV has blessed us with that as well. It’s very understandable to a child’s ear, and it works well whether it’s read aloud or just to oneself. We’ve particularly enjoyed it as we have studied the beginning of the book of Luke. Words we’re familiar with about Zechariah, Elizabeth, Gabriel and John have read beautifully aloud and have sounded fresh and vibrant.
And…Jackson and I have sat together and looked at the pictures of Bible scenes built via Lego bricks. They are truly spectacular; you can tell that whoever composed and created these builds must be thoroughly familiar with, and a lover of, both Lego bricks and the Word of God. The pictures are just incredible, and each one includes a short description of the Bible scenes being depicted.
We also built the Lego display of the stacked books of the Bible, arranged by categories (i.e., history, prophecy, gospels, epistles, etc.). It really gave us a vivid illustration of all that our Bible is comprised of, and can offer! This inspiration to see brick-built Bible scenes will not only bless and encourage your children, and maybe even teach them. It’s also very likely to inspire them to build their own faith-related brick creations!
And, our favorite parts of this Bible? Jackson’s favorite brick page was probably the building of the tabernacle. It’s pretty spectacular, and enables the viewer to finally SEE what that ancient prescribed place of worship could have looked like. My favorite was Samson at the temple. It is just majestic, and the moment is just before Samson’s strength returns and it all comes crashing down. Like these, all the Lego builds are beautifully done and communicate much more than just the coolness of Lego. They remind us as well of the great truths of the Christian faith and of Jesus and all those who have gone before us.
I have to admit that when we received this Bible, Jackson and I were both seriously overjoyed! (There even might have been some jumping up and down.) It is REALLY a delight. And joy and delight truly are the right words to describe how we felt about it!
Picking up the Bible in our family is something we regularly do. And Jackson does have a Bible of his own, that he used before we received Faith Builders Bible. But the combination of two of his favorite things–brick-built creations and the Word of God–added up to a book he was eager to use every day. There weren’t many days when we didn’t pick it up and say words to the effect of, “This is SO cool!” or “I can’t believe this build of (fill in the blank).” The pictures of the Lego builds of Bible scenes are incredible. We like that familiar Bible stories are listed at the back along with page numbers, so if my son wants to read about the feeding of the 5000, for example, he can check that list, find the correct page(s), and go right to the account. This is something that I believe will help all children!
I do want to share that the pages themselves are very thin, yet not quite as delicate as one might expect. The font size is small yet is almost bolded, so that the words are pretty easy to read (even for adults!).
We definitely, definitely recommend for your children! The pictures and Lego builds are spectacular. Any child who loves building with bricks is going to adore this. And best yet—maybe the photos and building tips they’ll find in Faith Builders Bible will encourage them to read more of the Bible!