The Story of the Bible {Review & Giveaway}

by | Aug 16, 2015 | Ancient History, Bible, Giveaway, Reviews | 0 comments

The Story of the Bible is an exciting new program for students of all ages. In the recent past, Catholics waited until the latter years of high school or post high school to begin bible studies, if these were begun at all. Regrettably, this has left a significant void in the spiritual lives of young Catholics in knowing their Holy Religion. Why start young to study the bible? Quoting St. Jerome, Doctor of the Church, we are reminded that “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.” An FSSP priest has instructed the youth of his parish to “know your bible, and you’ll know your faith.” 

Whether a parish priest, a lay teacher in a school, or a homeschooling parent, one of the most challenging tasks for a Catholic instructor is to tackle the study of Sacred Scripture. The comforting principle with this program is the shared vision that the Editors impart with teachers when they sincerely state that “our prayer is that The Story of the Bible and the accompanying test books will tell the story of Scripture in such a way that young readers will be drawn closer to Our Lord, who is Himself the eternal Word of God.”

What is referred to as the “Schoolhouse Model”, this program engages children of all ages into its content. The Text Book and accompanying Test Book engages students to delightfully discover, revere, and cherish their own precious tradition of the Bible. The print is read with ease and the stories are at an engaging pace. What perhaps were previously obscure locations in history to the reader, suddenly become alive and tangible with the maps and descriptions of their relevance in biblical history. From Mount Tabor to Mount Carmel, to the mapped route of the Israelites exodus through Egypt the reader will appreciate the context of biblical events and the interwoven threads through salvation history. The Activity Book and accompanying Teacher’s Manual charters the biblical foundation for your students. The program utilizes the Revised Standard Version of the Bible – Second Catholic Edition (Ignatius Edition) for its scripture quotations. We can immediately recognize the name Benziger Brothers, Inc. whose original work on bible history has been incorporated into the book, The Story of the Bible. An Audio Drama delivers a quality reading of the text for the whole family to activate a listening experience of the Bible story. Finally, the Video Lecture Series reviews each chapter for establishing a firm command of the text.

Samples of the supplementary materials corresponding to the textbook and test book can be downloaded for free at The program encapsulates a package that takes the study of Sacred Scripture, a seemingly daunting lesson to teach, and delivers a sound product that is easy to explore. Tackling Sacred Scripture never looked easier.

Amazon and TAN Books affiliate links are included in this post. If you click the links and make a purchase I will receive a commission. Thank you! Links to TAN Homeschool are not affiliate links. My family received the review items pictured in this post in exchange for our honest review. I look forward to purchasing the rest of the series to add to our collection as well.

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Our favorite part of the program is the Dramatized Audio Books! These can be purchased directly from TAN, Amazon or even downloaded from Audible! We enjoyed listening to The Old Testament during our recent summer road trip and I look forward to purchasing The New Testament to add to our audio book collection as well.

TAN Books has recently launched a new website called TAN Homeschool, which includes blog posts, freebies, and other excellent resources for home educating parents including The Story of the Bible. I am actually one of the regular contributors over at TAN Homeschool and have written about Celebrating the Saints of Summer. My post with 5 Ways to Celebrate the New School Year was published today. Please pop on over and say hello and be sure to subscribe to the TAN Homeschool blog for updates!

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