Beating the Bible into them

When my mom was a young divorced mother with three small kids, she picked up a book at the drug store one day. It was called, “Hurlbut’s Story of the Bible.” Since she grew up religion free and really had no opinion about God or anything associated with Him, she thought it might be an interesting read.

She could not put the book down. It was originally written in the 1030’s and breaks the Bible into a massive collection of stories “written for young and old.” She would read it to her little children during dinner so she didn’t have to eat (yes, I get my obsessive Be Skinny gene from my darling Mama). According to her all three of here kids were completely riveted.

I’ve been hearing this story for years. Two months ago I decided to get online and buy a copy of this old book. It took six weeks to get here and I’ll admit I was quite alarmed at it’s size and weight. The thing could sink a ship (then again so could God so that kind of makes sense).

Last night while my kids were sitting at the table with Jason doing an assortment of pencil related activities, I decided to distract myself from baking brownies by cracking the book open. We ended up reading the first four stories. I’ve got to admit, my kids were actually riveted and had a ton of questions about why Adam and Eve were naked and who the snake was. And the murder of Abel? Total shocker.

Scripture study can be monotonous and wordy with little children, but if you’re looking for a way to bring some of the older stories to life while simultaneously not getting fat, then I highly recommend you get yourself a copy of this fabulous old book.

Just thought I’d thump it a little while I had the chance.


  1. I remeber this book i had growing up, how i loved it. wish i could find one like i had, it was written in such a easy reading way with a few illustrations i couldnt get enough of it. once you sdtart all the begetting the confusion sets in for me and i tune out what im reading lol… i just looked this book up… 80 dollars eeck

    • annie valentine says:

      I got a super ok’d used copy off Amazon for a fraction ofthat. 80? Ridiculous.

  2. Wow, I didn’t realize your mother had such an interesting past. Neat. The book sounds fascinating. Religion and weight loss in one book? I could get on board with that!

  3. Did you really mean 1030’s? Like, it’s a medievel book? Cuz seriously, that would be awesome. Or were you channeling my typing skills, and the book was actually written in the 1930’s? I suppose I could google it, huh?