I want to thank both The Good Book Company and Cross Focused Reviews for a copy of Bake Through the Bible in exchange for my honest review.
Susie Bentley-Taylor and Bekah Moore have put together a series of 20 Bible stories with accompanying recipes in their new book Bake Through the Bible (The Good Book Company, 2013). The book is designed for parents to use with young children (think older toddler to early elementary-aged). However, my nine- and ten-year-olds are quite interested in taking an active role in “baking through the Bible”.
Baking Through the Bible has a number of wonderful qualities:….
- The book is well-designed, colorful and visually engaging.
- The recipes and instructions are clear, with photographs and small graphics to illustrate each step for young readers.
- There is a wide variety of recipes, including cookies, cupcakes, simple dinners and lunches, and breads.
- Each two to four page spread includes a retold Bible story, a prayer, a recipe, discussion questions, a time-saving cooking tip, and something to reflect on.
- There is a clear theme to each spread. The themes all tie-in to a strong gospel message. In my opinion, this is the strongest aspect of the book.
- The language is appropriate for young children. The stories are told in an engaging manner they can understand.
- The theology is sound.
- My primary concern was that the words of God, Jesus, the angel Gabriel, and various Bible people are in quotation marks, but they are paraphrased. If you enjoy paraphrases, this might not bother you at all.
- In a couple of areas, the authors spoke to God’s motives. In “Genesis 3: The fall” (page 10), they state: “God made just one tree that Adam and Eve were not to eat from. It was called the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If they did, they would die. It was God’s way of reminding them that he’s in charge and he knows best.” It seems to me very bold to speak for God when His Word doesn’t address His purpose in this area.
- There were a couple of oversights in the stories. The story of Joshua and the walls of Jericho explains that God promised a land to His people and there were already people living there so God gave them instructions (so He could knock down the wall), but it does not explain that God allowed the Israelites to expel the people of Jericho because those living in Jericho were in open rebellion to God. Saul/Paul can’t see because the light is too bright, but the story doesn’t mention that he was blinded, or that he was healed. In the days of Creation, God makes animals on the fifth day, but the Bible states that land animals are created on the sixth day.
Overall, I think that Bake Through the Bible is a creative, attractive book with a good purpose. Children will remember the theme of each story as they work through the 20 recipes included. Ultimately, the gospel message is strong throughout the book. I look forward to using Bake Through the Bible with my sons and nieces. I may choose to pull out my Bible and read the story to them (or just the actual words of God), but I think they’ll really enjoy the recipes, and the wonderful graphics will make it easy for the older kids to take the lead.
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Danika Cooley is the author of When Lightning Struck! The Story of Martin Luther (Fortress Press, 2015), Wonderfully Made (CF4K, 2016), and Bible Road Trip. Her work has been featured in internationally-recognized children's magazines over 150 times.