Tuesday, April 12, 2011

DVD Review: Read and Share DVD Bible Volume 1

I had the pleasure of reviewing the Read and Share DVD Bible, Volume 1.  This DVD was a compilation of 13 stories from the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.  They were done in easy to follow 3 minute segments, perfect for little children to follow along to. 

From the start the stories were fun and captured the attention of the viewer, in this case, me and my daughter.  The stories were very basic, covering the needed information, but also not going too deep.  All the information given in the stories were accurate, but with omissions that still allow the story to continue.  I enjoyed watching all of the stories and think they would be a welcome addition to any Sunday School lesson or even as home Bible study time to younger children.

There were a couple of parts that I was not thrilled with.  In the story of Adam and Eve, the tree they were not to eat from was just the "tree in the middle of the garden", which is ok because actually listing the "Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil" may be a bit much for a 3 year old.  However, the snake was just a snake, and not referenced as Satan and there was no mention of sin at all in that story.  In the end, God was just "sad" and had Adam and Eve leave the garden.  That story is the first story of sin in the Bible and sets up the entire premise of Jesus's salvation because "...all have sinned...". Romans 3:23. 

The last segment on the DVD was the parables of the Lost Sheep (Matthew 18:12-14 & Luke 15:3-7) and the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32).  The parables were told quite well, but unfortunately, there was no explanation given.  They were just stories at the end and unless you already know what they mean and can explain them, a child really won't understand them.

My favorite part of the DVD was the segment titled Jesus Loves the Children.  This segment was very well done showing good stories of Jesus's love for children, his healing of them and how he used them (feeding the 5000 with the loaves and fish.)  This segment truly hit home for the kids and shows Christ's love for them.

Overall, I would recommend this DVD to anyone who would like to share basic Bible stories with younger children.  The short, quick stories were informative and kept the attention span of a younger child. 

Disclosure: I received this DVD free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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