Saturday, January 31, 2009
I began my listening with the second chapter of Luke. The music in the background is pleasing and appropriate for each verse, subsiding and swelling with dramatic interpretation. The young actors read the International Children's Bible translation, which simplifies some of the more complex wording in the New Testament. For instance, Luke 2:7 reads, "she wrapped the baby with cloths and laid him in a box where animals were fed." When the angels sing with joy, many voices read the text, which is very effective.
Although I'm used to a booming voice reading scripture, I'm certain this version makes the Bible seem more relevant to many younger listeners. I didn't recognize the names of some of the narrators like Corbin Bleu, Cody Linley, Luke Benward, Charlie Stewart, and Tahj Mowry, but I'm sure your children will. The sound effects and all-start cast kept me engaged and eager to hear what came next. Included with the readings is a 40-day Listening program. The set includes 24 hours of audio drama on 3 mp3 CDs and a bonus 75 minute Behind-the-Scenes DVD featuring interviews with the actors. Although marketed for the younger crowd, I enjoyed listening to the recordings. I especially recommend Word of Promise: Next Generation New Testament if you're looking for a way to get your kids to enjoy listening to the Bible.
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Publisher: Thomas Nelson; MP3 edition (November 18, 2008)