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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The World's Greatest Stories TOS Review

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    We go to Church, we read our Bibles and we practice and memorize our Bible verses, I attend a Woman's Bible Study and so on and so forth. Yet I truly do not feel as if we know the stories of the Bible in and out. Often times audio Bible stories are often not told in a way that will hold ones attention for any length of time. It is sad to say this as we all need to know the stories of the Bible.

  Some of us on the TOS Crew were given the opportunity to review an audio CD from The World's Greatest Stories. We were given the choice of KJV or NIV versions of the Bible. We chose the NIV version as this is what we use in our classroom and home. I find it a simpler version for the kids to follow. These audio CDs and Cassettes sell for $7.95 each plus shipping. and there are currently 6 volumes, we were given the first volume to review titled, The Prophets. The first volume tells the stories of The Blazing Furnace,The Handwriting on the Wall, Daniel in the Lions’ Den, Elijah and the Prophets of Baal and The Prophecy of Jonah. The other volumes are as follows:
2. The Life of Christ
3. Beginnings
4. Joshua and Esther
5. Joseph and His Brothers
6. Defeating Giants

  Each volume runs about an hour in length and at only $7.95 is a great way to really dive into the stories of the Bible, if you purchase all 6 at one time you qualify for FREE shipping, what a deal! These are great for all situations, car trips, errand days, in the morning when you do your Bible reading, at bedtime when the kids are winding down, or as a family in place of a TV show. The list goes on and on.

   We found these stories to be so engaging we did not want to turn them off, the stories are told by George W. Sarris,who desired to increase Biblical literacy in children. He saw the need to produce an auditory Bible that was true to the words of the text, didn’t add characters or remove any of the actual events from the telling but still keep it captivating for children to listen to. Sarris has such a gift from God for story telling, his ability to go from the narrator voice to the character voice from the stories he is retelling is phenomenal.  The kids and I felt as if we were there in the story as it was happening. The boys and I would close our eyes as we listened, let ourselves be carried off into the stories of The Bible.These retold stories are just amazing to listen to, you truly get a feel for the events taking place as his emotion just carries you away.

   My boys are looking forward adding more of volumes to our collection, they simply cannot get enough. I won't lie, either can I, I honestly cannot say who enjoyed the stories more, my boys ages 12, 13 and 15 or me and my husband and 91 yr old Grandma. The recommended age on these is 4-12 but I honestly believe they can be enjoyed by the whole family to enjoy young or old.

  Not only does The World's Greatest Stories have the six volumes I mentioned above but for $9.95 you can purchase the Real story of  Easter. I cannot wait to experience that with my family and this is next on my list so we can enjoy all through the weeks leading up to Easter and the Celebration of Christ. What a keepsake to pass down for your next generation. Making these stories part of your family traditions is the greatest gift you can give your family.

    What are you waiting for, the longer you wait, the more you are missing out on by not experiencing the profound gifts awaiting your family when you experience The World's Greatest Stories together for the first time and every time after that. What a treasure.

  Please be sure to check out what the other TOS Crewmates are saying about The World's Greatest Stories.
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