The publisher has worked closely with educators, priests and scholars to design a study of the life of Jesus Christ and His teachings with interactive pedagogies to assist youth with scriptural reading and educate them in the foundational gospel elements within a self-contained Reader format.
'Christianity is a "religion of the book," and the practice of reading therefore is central to the life of the church. The Bible Reader will invite the young into the culture of the church through the Good News that is the very center of our faith. We can think of no better way of passing along this heritage than to teach students to read by studying the texts of the gospel.
The texts of the gospel are given in short, readable sentences, suitable for students just learning to read. The texts included in these pages present the entire arc of the story of Jesus, and to do so in a way that simulates the literary movement of the unabridged texts.
Another deeply traditional aspect of the curriculum is the artwork, designed and selected to accompany each passage. The publisher researched ancient Christian iconography and fresco painting in commissioning these plates. Medieval Christian art often showed not just figures and scenes, but movement. This is a way of showing a text that is “living and active” and that calls the hearer to active responses.
The Love of Jesus can be used in both secular and religious classrooms as well as at home. The passages refrain from stepping outside the gospel texts and offering moral injunctions beyond Christ’s own words to young readers to “go and do likewise.”
These prayers have been crafted in a way that allows the reader to ask God to become in her or his life what God was for the characters in the gospels. The Love of Jesus offers students the practice of reading the text not just for facts or even for “application,” but rather in a way that places the reader inside the stories and allows him or her to encounter Christ in what she reads.'
(Taken from A Note to Christian Educators by Anthony D. Baker, Professor of Theology, Seminary of the Southwest)
"There is a need to let our children read the Good News for themselves. The Love of Jesus Bible Reader Series is designed and authorized for this purpose."Maurice M. Benitez, sixth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas
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