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XTB 1: The Book of Beginnings

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XTB 1: The Book of Beginnings

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Investigate the book of Genesis, Matthew and Acts. See how God always keeps his promises.


Investigate the beginning of everything in the book of Genesis.

Zoom in on Matthew and Acts to discover who Jesus is and why He came.

See how God always keeps his promises.

Issue One of XTB is called The Book of Beginnings and will help you investigate the beginning of the universe, the beginning of the early church and the beginning of Jesus' life and teaching on earth - plus you get free Stickers!

Other information

XTB (eXplore The Bible) is a series of daily Bible reading notes for children of the 7-11 age group, with puzzles, pictures and prayers.

XTB is beautifully presented with full-colour illustrations and is a series of 12 books which, if used on a quarterly basis, will help a child cover all of the main books, themes and characters of the Bible in 3 years.

Look out for Table Talk - a book of daily Bible times for families with children aged from 4 upwards. 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.

Table of contents

  • The first 15 days look at Acts, chs 1-4.
  • Days 16-29 make a start in Genesis, chs 1-9.
  • Day 30 takes a little look at Hebrews 11:7, relevant to Genesis.
  • Day 31 starts Matthew and continues to Day 50, ending in ch 7.
  • Day 51 picks up in Genesis again and covers chs 12-22 over 14 days.
  • A series of puzzles and questions at the very end of the book offer a chance to look into other parts of the Bible not covered here.

Additional Information

Age range: 7 - 11
Author Alison Mitchell
ISBN 9781873166932
Format Saddle stitch
Dimensions 210mm x 147mm
Pages 80
Publisher The Good Book Company

Customer Reviews

Great for children in KS2

(Review written for 'XTB Subscription')

 Full of colour, puzzles and activities. My 9 year old daughter happily sits and reads it by herself as the level is accessible and activities fun. 

| Review by | 10/09/2014

Excellent resource

 I have established the habit of personal Bible reading and meditation for the past 54 years and have found this an enormous help in personal knowlege of the Lord and growth in the faith. I was keen to encourage my class of children at church to read God's word for themselves. As a child I was helped by daily Bible reading notes and I was looking for something similar to show them
I was delighted to see how clear and relevant these notes were with questions and puzzles relevant to contemporary youth yet thoroughly faithful to a true commitment to the authority and truth of Scripture without surrender to contemporary trends in making Scripture secondary to secular naturalistic prejudice . Very clear and a delight to recommend. 

| Review by | 29/07/2014


 My 6-year-old loves her nightly XTB Bible readings. It's been great for getting her into reading her 'grown up' (International Children's!) Bible. Having looked at all the available notes, these looked the best, and have certainly proved popular with her. My only gripe: why are adult Bible reading notes not as full of fun puzzles?! 

| Review by | 07/06/2014

XTB is great, but this is not really a year's subscription

(Review written for 'XTB Subscription')

 We love XTB (me and my 6 year old son). It helps to really understand the gospel, not just the bible stories. I think however that it's not right to call this a year's subscription. 1 issue contains 65 days of bible studies and you receive 4 issues over the year, which is only 260 days of bible studies and not the 365 days a year has. I think this should be more clearly advertised! 

Thanks for your review - I'm delighted that you and your son are enjoying exploring the Bible with XTB. My great hope was that it would help children and families come to know the Lord better through His Word.

I completely understand your frustration with the number of full XTB pages per issue - I know it's not ideal. For various reasons it simply wasn't possible to include 90 full days in each issue, and the reality is that there are many children and families who don't use XTB on a daily basis.

But I was very keen that anyone who was reading the Bible every single day didn't suddenly run out of Bible passages to read and think about. That's why you will find 26 extra readings at the back of the book. Each one gives a passage to read, a question to answer and a wordsearch to find that word in. It's not ideal, but was the best option we had to fill in the gap before the next issue.

I do hope you and your son continue to enjoy exploring the Bible together, and that XTB can help with that, even if not in the ideal way. Thanks again for writing your review.

Alison Mitchell
Children's Editor
| Review by | 27/02/2014

Great resource

 My 7 year old son loves doing XTB at bedtime. It brings up good discussions and is also short. He reminds me to do it if I forget. Great resource for for forming a habit for quiet times. Thank you. 

| Review by | 29/01/2014

Excellent bible study notes for children

(Review written for 'XTB Subscription')

 I have found the XTB resource to be such a wonderful bible study tool and aid for our primary school children (7-9) I would definitely recommend it to parents who are considering to purchase it for there children who want to grow in the bible knowledge and spiritual growth as this is pitched a the right level. 

| Review by | 15/01/2014

A great first set of Bible notes

 We recently changed from using story based Bibles to these Bible notes with my 6 1/2 year old daughter. She was clearly starting to get bored with reading the rather restricted Bible stories. These notes have helped her look forward to her Bible reading time and to learn from different parts of the Bible. In her own words, she says:
"They're brilliant. They get me thinking about God and Jesus. And I get to read my new (grown-up) Bible"

We've just bought the second book in the series! 

| Review by | 12/01/2014

Kicks kids off with independent bible study

(Review written for 'XTB Subscription')

 We have used table talk, a Good Book resource for many years with all 4 of our children. We have recently tried XTB with our 8 year old who is really enjoying it and is familiar with the design. It is really great to see her do her own Bible Study every night, and get into (hopefully) a lifelong love of the scriptures. I would really reccommend this resource, Table Talk is still really great (our oldest, now 10 still enjoys it and our youngest, 5 is now answering questions), and XTB is a super follow on. We do table talk as a family every weekday morning and XTB is used every night. It's great value and teaches alot of Gods word in a simple format anyone can understand. Thanks. 

| Review by | 04/01/2014


(Review written for 'XTB Subscription')

 My kids just so enjoyed doing it by themselves. They brought it over to show me. I was so happy they can do it independently. The activities book such are good exercise through the self-study. Thank you our great saviour lord... 

| Review by | 09/11/2013


 My son can't wait to start doing XTB every morning. He is learning lots about God and the bible from it. It's a really good balance of puzzles, bible reading and responding to this with prayer. We will definitely be buying more in the series. His younger brother also wants to do XTB (when he's a bit bigger), so we'll probably be buying another copy of this one too! 

| Review by | 02/11/2013

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