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320 pages
Jan 2009
Scholastic Inc.

The Anytime Bible

by Mary Manz Simon

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A cheerful new devotional for the whole family, The Anytime Bible, delights everyone from toddlers to grandparents. Each devotion contains some interesting facts about the story, a simple, interesting narration, a little taster (relevant Bible verse), motivating discussion questions, a prayer with fill-in blanks to encourage individual thought, and hints for parents for using the devotion. All this is wrapped around with ever-changing colors and bright, action-filled illustrations. There are 25 Old Testament and 26 New Testament stories. On a coil, in a binder type cover with an elastic strip to hold it closed, The Anytime Bible opens flat for cuddled up reading or for holding up before a group.

One of America’s top parenting pros, Dr. Mary Manz Simon, married to a Lutheran pastor, writes a column for the Focus on the Family Newsletter. Her uncomplicated, jaunty, faithful renditions of the Bible stories catch the interest of her audience and encourage thought and discussion. The vibrant illustrations are by Duendes del Sur, noted for the Scooby Doo reading books. Just like its name, The Anytime Bible suits many different occasions, neatly exemplifying Jeremiah 15:16, “Thy word is unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart.” Both the child and the adult in me enjoyed meeting all these stories again in this new retelling. I find myself repeating the ‘taster’ verses as I move throughout my day. – Donna Eggett,

Book Jacket:

Bible stories and related activities for parents and children share. Each of these stories also provides an opportunity to learn and talk about events of the day or the week as the entire family grows in faith. As lives get more and more hectic, spending time discussing these lessons and activities provides families with a much-needed respite in their busy days.