Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Some Guys are Religious about their Legos

My husband is a huge Lego fan, and has been his entire life. (He recently went to see the movie with one of his other grown-up buddies and is still talking about how great it was.) When he saw these Brick Bibles in a book store he was captivated instantly.

These books have scenes from the Bible portrayed with Lego pieces. The work is beautifully done, and it is very creative. My husband has the Old Testament and the New Testament. Of course since it is a picture Bible it doesn't have every single story, but it covers a lot more than most illustrated books of its kind. The Biblical references are also written on each page so you can find it in a real Bible if you'd like.

Get Kids Interested in The Bible
I borrowed these two books to help me teach Kindergarten students a religious education class at our church. They all loved them, but in particular the boys. Every week the boys would come in, barely say hello, and ask, "Did you bring the Lego Bible?" One of the 6 year olds would even sit quietly and just read (or at least look at the pictures) for an hour. I don't know many books that can hold the attention of a little boy like that for so long.

Notes for Parents
There are a few things to note about these books, however. Apparently the author is an atheist and his intention is to show the Bible in a negative light. He does this, however, by being as accurate as possible. While Legos are usually associated with kids, Bible stories for children are usually "cleaned up" and the uncomfortable truths are removed. The violence, sexual impurities, and other adult situations that are involved in the Bible are shown in these Brick Bibles.

I have read through most of them and have not found inaccuracies. If you are planning on giving them to kids, just keep in mind that it isn't the typical kids Bible story book that glazes over deaths and completely leaves out certain sinful acts. Personally, I like this better since it is more accurate, but it does require parents to be more active and find ways to explain things on their level. It ended up working well for the 5 and 6 year olds. It really increased their passion for reading the Bible at a young age.

Other Titles
We have the Old Testament and the New Testament Brick Bibles, but there are some other Bible favorites shown in Lego scenes that we might be interested in getting soon.

The Ten Commandments 

David and Goliath 

The Christmas Story 

Noah's Ark 

Great Gift Idea
The Brick Bible is a fun and educational gift idea for just about anyone. It is particularly attractive to boys. As noted above, if you are buying for a child just think about their maturity level first. Adults love these books as well. It is a fantastic way to get people interested in reading the Bible. It makes a good gift for religious occasions such as First Communion, Baptism, Confirmation, Christmas, or any other gift giving event. 

Have you tried any of the other Bibles geared towards boys? Share your thoughts or questions in the comments below!