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The Super-sized Book of Bible Games Review by Erica Beyea

Lindsey Whitney
Rose Publishing, LLC
140 Summit St.
PO Box 3473
Peabody, Massachusetts 01961-3473
https://www.hendricksonrose.com

Creative game books are a must for children’s ministry workers. In today’s digital world, it can be challenging to keep children’s lessons fresh and exciting. Games that engage all the students while providing teachable moments and reinforcing the lesson are very helpful. The Super-sized Book of Bible Games is a literal treasure chest full of games that require very little preparation yet provide entertainment and teaching opportunities.

This large 312-page book includes about 250 games, all neatly categorized by theme. There are games to match Old Testament lessons, New Testament lessons, Ice breakers, lesson review games, indoor active or quiet games, outdoor games, water games, small or large group games, and memory verse review games. There is an entire section of reproducible pages that the owner of the book has permission to copy to use in their own classroom setting.

Not only are the many great games already broken down into categories, there is a detailed index at the back of the book that helps the teacher fine tune their search for exactly the type of game they are looking to use. There is also a detailed list of games by Scripture reference, to easily choose a game to go with a specific Bible lesson.

The games in this book are suggested for the 4-12 age range, but many games can be adapted for younger or older audiences. Each game does have a suggested age, so it is easy to find ones more suitable for the teacher’s need. On each page, there is a Scripture connection, a supplies list (if needed) and preparation instructions. For the game itself, there are basic instructions, a ‘teachable moment’ application, and discussion questions. The ‘teachable moment’ is what really makes the game applicable to the lesson, and it is laid out so simply that the teacher can easily adapt it to their group. At the top of each page, the ‘time needed’ to complete the game is listed, so the teacher can know how involved the game will be, and whether it will work for their lesson time.

Our family is involved in many different aspects of children’s ministry, and we found this game book extremely helpful. What we loved about the games is how easy they are to implement. There are not a lot of fancy supplies and preparation needed. If you know that you have a small time slot to fill, you can easily flip through and grab a game or two that will work. The ones we have tried so far have been well loved and kept the children engaged. The book makes it easy for even newer, inexperienced helpers or teen leaders to follow the instructions and implement a game, without complicated instructions or story lines. The teachable moments are very applicable. There are some more complex games if you are looking for that (we plan on using the Christmas Jeopardy one soon!) but most of the games are simple and easy to execute, which is just what we needed!

We are looking forward to having this book become a well-loved and highly used part of our lesson preparation and give a hearty recommendation for it to anyone who needs to add some fun and excitement to their Bible lessons for children!

-Product review by Erica Beyea, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, November, 2018

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