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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 Paperback
Dimensions 210mm x 147mm
Pages 80
Publisher The Good Book Company

Customer Reviews


 My 7year old very-confident-reader daughter is loving this reading guide. I'm delighted with it. Good explanations. Even better that it starts teaching about the Holy Spirit and then is straight on to the gospel. No holds barred great teaching. The Think about it bits are genuinely thought provoking. The variety of puzzles, codes, drawing bits etc keep her fully engaged. Highly recommended. No regrets on this one. 

| Review by | 15/10/2014


(Review written for 'XTB Subscription')

 We have been XTB with our 8 year old daughter for over a year now, we use it as 'quiet time' before she goes to bed. She enjoys it so much and it has taught her to think about the Bible far more then if we had just been reading the bible with her. We will continue to do XTB with her every night and will start doing it with her younger sister as she gets older too. What a brilliant concept and very well presented. 

| Review by | 05/10/2014

Bought for grandchildren

 We bought these notes to read with the grandchildren when they came to stay recently. They seemed to engage well, and asked to read them each day. They especially liked the stickers and wished there were more. Having things to fill in helped to focus. We hope using these notes will encourage the children to develop a daily Bible reading habit. 

| Review by | 26/09/2014

Good stuff

 I got this for my seven year old. She's a fluent reader so it suits her really well. I love that book one starts with the Holy Spirit. Excellent. Each day is short enough to do at bedtime. Really pleased with this purchase. No regrets. 

| Review by | 20/09/2014

Great notes!

(Review written for 'XTB Subscription')

 My kids really enjoy these and will choose to do them over other stories. Clear, simple and varied applications each day. 

| Review by | 18/09/2014

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

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