XTB 2: Miracles AND DREAMS
Author, publisher and date: Alison Mitchell, The Good Book Company, 2011

£3.99 (Approx)
2.8
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Overview

What does it say on the tin?

XTB: Daily Bible-reading notes for children, with puzzles, pictures, prayers – and masses of codes to break. Zoom in on Genesis, Matthew and Acts – with a quick dip into the book of Psalms as well. Crack the codes as you go.

MIRACLES AND DREAMS: Issue Two of XTB is called Miracles and Dreams. Three months of Bible readings to help you investigate Jesus’ miracles in Matthew’s Gospel, discover why Peter’s dream changed everything for the first Christians in the book of Acts, and meet Jacob the Schemer and Joseph the Dreamer in Genesis.

TABLE TALK: Look out for Table Talk – a book of daily Bible times for families. The Bible passages are the same each day for XTB and Table Talk – so you can use the two books together, or on their own. Whichever suits you best.

What do you get and how?

Children’s activity book with puzzles and  activities.

Who is it for?

7-11 year olds

Cost?

£3.99 each

NB: Although this resource has not scored highly overall, the intended purpose for it is to be used as an individual resource to help children learn and grow in faith. Being used alongside a larger curriculum in Sunday schools/ holiday clubs/ small groups, it would aid learning very well.

Review

  • What is the overall quality of material presentation?

    Good. A5 sized paperback activity book with attractive layout and lots of colour.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    Not explicitly stated for each daily study.

    How accessible are the leader's notes?

    N/A

    Who could lead it?

    Parents of children at home, or leaders could use this resource within their Sunday school groups or small groups.

    How helpful are the participants' resources?

    Very good, age-appropriate and completely focussed on the story being covered.

    How good is any digital material?

    N/A

    How much prep will I have to do?

    Not a lot, these resources can be used for children to take home and do their own studying with, or as part of small groups. Either way, the resources are self explanatory at a level 7-11year olds are able to follow.

    Is there website support? Links?

    No, but some other books in the series have downloadable resource sheets for some sessions which are freely accessible from The Good Book Company website.

    Is it dated?

    No, covers key areas in the Bible which will not change in their interpretation to children's lives.

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    Not at all. Resource is intended for individual study. This can be with an adult, or as part of a group session.

    How well does it cater for a variety of both learning and delivery styles?

    Children learn through reading and completing written puzzles and activities.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    Not a resource solely for organising and implementing children's workshops/Sunday school groups. Can be used as part of a larger group session or for children alone after a main church services/ weekly small group. Can also be used in intimate home settings between parents and their children. Aimed at ages 7-11years old. Could be a good ‘starter' activity for larger group sessions. Takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. Contains approximately 65 short daily studies.

    How well does it encourage people to work together in applying the material?

    Not a focus.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    Approximately 30% of time to read the suggested verse, the rest of the time is taken interpreting what the passage means by activities and puzzles.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    Presented to children by them reading it or having it read to them. Used by means of application to all activities on that day's page.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    Indirectly during the ‘pray' section.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    No, open to all denominations.

  • How well does it inspire people towards whole-life discipleship?

    Not a huge focus of the resource in itself, but by children learning about how God wants us to live, they learn indirectly about how they can be good disciples for Jesus.

    How well does it encourage and enable people to grow in their faith?

    Gently introduces children to good concepts they may not have even considered before. For example, the fact that Jesus could forgive sins! There are also a couple of dedicated sessions which give children the opportunity to accept Jesus' rescue of their lives

    How well does it stretch faith and vision of God and his purposes?

    Children learn, throughout all the 12 books, about God's plan for individual characters. His power is often drawn upon to prove all things are possible with God. For example, children are taught about how God kept his promises to Joseph and his family, despite the fact that for a while, things for Joseph were bleak.

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    Again, gently helps children realise that God's wishes for our lives can be applied to all things. For example, that when we are scared or worried, we can put our trust in Him.

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    Mentioned vaguely in other books of the series.

    How well does it encourage local or network-based community involvement?

    Teaches children about the importance of stewarding the world and looking out for our neighbours.

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    Mentioned vaguely in other books of the series.

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    Indirectly by teaching about characters in the Bible who trusted God on long journeys to other people/places. Also emphasises that Jesus is for EVERYONE not just certain people/nations.

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