My Toddler Bible is a new Bible intended for children 2-5 years old from Candle books. It was released in late April and is full of colorful artwork that is sure to hold the interest of young children. One of the nice things about My Toddler Bible is that it is divided into the Old and New Testaments which is sure to aid parents in teaching children about the covenantal nature of salvation history.
The Old Testament includes stories on creation, Noah and the Ark, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, David, Daniel, and Jonah. The New Testament includes chapters on the birth of Christ, the ‘Wise Men’, Jarius, some parables and miracles, and the death and resurrection of Christ. My Toddler Bible probably includes just the right amount of selections for a beginning reader. However, it is what was missing from My Toddler Bible that surprised me the most. The story of Adam and Eve is told without mention of sin . . . a foundational Christian doctrine. The consequences of Adam and Eve’s disobedience is reduced to being expelled from the garden without any mention of death; spiritual or otherwise. The story of Noah climaxes with the coming of the looming flood without any mention of why the flood was necessary or of the foreshadowing of Christ. Moses is not the law giver (the law is never even mentioned) but a boy whose story ends with being raised as a prince. As a parent of seven children I am confident that none of these concepts are beyond the understanding of two to five year olds. And yet, throughout the entire book, there is not one single word about the human condition and the glorious gospel which is our one and only hope. Nowhere is this more striking than in the retelling of the crucifixion in which Jesus was put to death not in order to save his children from the death which we have earned, but simply because he was “making trouble”.
Now, I understand and agree with the idea that these concepts are abstract and must be in such a way that toddlers understand. However, with the exclusion of such concepts as God’s holiness, our sin, and the gospel, I’m hard pressed to see how this is anything more than a storybook. The Holy Scriptures devoid of the gospel is not living and active- it is dead and powerless. The big question is whether or not I would read this to my children. I would answer that with a conditional “yes”. If I were to read this to my children I would have to fill in a lot of blanks; blanks which are handled quite adequately in other books such as The Ology by Marty Machowski.
Due to the lack of (age appropriate) teaching on sin and the gospel this would not be my first choice for my family or as a gift. However, if you would like to purchase a copy you can find it at Amazon by following this link.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Kregel Publications in exchange for an online review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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