I can't even begin to tell you how much my boys have enjoyed "The Prophets" in NIV told by George Sarris. I say my boys, because Mr. Lego nabbed the CD when we got it in the mail and I haven't seen it since then. I have, however, heard it playing nearly every afternoon during quiet time for the last several weeks. I have also noticed that the girls have drifted into the boys room to listen as well. When I asked Mr. Lego what he thought of these stories from the Bible, he answered "Mom, they are great! You need to buy the whole set!!" At only $7.95/CD - we will be doing just that.
George Sarris is an accomplished actor, narrator and spokesman. He also has a way with voices that has kept my boys captivated while hearing God's word. For some reason, probably because I am *not* a professional narrator or accomplished storyteller, when I read the Bible aloud to the children, they start to drift off. This hasn't been the case while Mr. Sarris has told the stories of Daniel, Elijah and The Blazing Furnace. He uses many different voices, some that have my boys in stitches, and background music and sound effects to enhance the recordings. When I've stopped in the boys room to listen, I have noticed that Mr. Sarris brings out the characters personality with the voices, so you can "hear" what kind of people they are. I love that these are not paraphrased versions of the best Bible Stories, but read straight from the Bible, word for word. We chose the NIV version, but the KJV version is also available. The way Mr. Sarris "reads" these stories is truly amazing though and make you feel as if you are watching the events unfold before you. The boys favorite story is "The Blazing Furnace", he uses a more distinctive voice for one of the bad guys that the boys find hilarious. All this means that my children are hearing the Bible, word for word, and they have loved every minute of it. We also received a sampler CD that contained short selections in both the NIV and KJV, these samples were just as good as "The Prophets" CD, so I feel confident that I will be happy with the rest of the CD's our family purchases!
These are great for quiet time, car rides and Bible Study. There are a total of 6 CD's, each running about one hour long. They contain 23 of the best Bible stories like David & Goliath, Joseph and His Brothers, the Battle of Jericho and stories from the life of Christ. If you purchase the whole set, then shipping is free. You can order them online at World's Greatest Stories or by calling 1-888-STORIES. You can also hear sample tracks on the website so you can see for yourself how wonderful these are!
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