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XTB 1: The Book of Beginnings

Bible discovery for children

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

Part of the XTB series.

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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 7-10 year-olds 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!

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  • 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.

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Age range: 7+
Contributors Alison Mitchell
ISBN 9781873166932
Format Paperback
First published January 2004
Dimensions 210mm x 148mm x 0.5mm
Weight 0.12 kg
Language English
Pages 80
Publisher The Good Book Company

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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.

Customer reviews

10 May 2024

“Great for grandchildren and godchildren.”

(Review written for 'XTB: The Collection')

I have used the XTB series with my grandson for several years now and moved on to Discover. It has helped him to know the Bible well and grow in His walk with Jesus. We both have copies and do it at a distance over Whatsapp. He loves the codes and the funny drawings. I have just started with his younger brother with the Book of Beginnings.

15 Jul 2023

“Excellent tool for daily Bible reading”

We’ve been using xtb notes with all four of our children and they love them. It’s so easy to use daily and always helps us dig into God’s word and gives us new insights and wisdom.
The children love doing the puzzles and cracking the codes.
These notes don’t assume you’re in a Christian home so we’ve also given them to children to use (with parents’ permission!) who are drawn to Jesus but not in a believing family.

17 Feb 2023

“Engaging bible notes”

All three of our kids have enjoyed/enjoy doing these. The notes have engaging puzzles and questions helping them to glean the main message from the passage. As per other reviewers is probably best 30-60 minutes before bed or in the morning. Our youngest two borrow my desk to focus whilst doing them.

24 Jun 2022

“Engaging bible books”

(Review written for 'XTB: The Collection')

These are a great resource for moving from story book bibles to reading the Bible. We use them with my 9 and 7 year olds and they love the activities and find them engaging. The ‘think and pray’ bit helps them to apply God’s word and can promote further conversation.

3 Aug 2021


Our three primary school aged kids absolutely *LOVE* XTB - it has given them a real hunger for getting stuck into the Bible, and equipped them with how to understand it and pray it in for themselves. Highly recommended!

12 Jul 2021

“Great devotional”

Such a great devotional. My 7year old loves these and having been recommended we have done the same

12 May 2021

“Excellent Companion to Table Talk”

(Review written for 'XTB: The Collection')

Used these will all our children to introduce them to having their own quiet time. Tie in nicely to table talk used in family worship.

23 Mar 2021


(Review written for 'XTB: The Collection')

Takes your child in a straightforward journey from the Bible passage to application and prayer.

Longer passages are not read aloud but retold with a comic strip.

There are lots of codes to break and other word games.

12 Mar 2021

“I would recommend this company without hesitation”

(Review written for 'XTB: The Collection')

I was given the E Mail address of this company by a friend when searching for devotional literature for children and young people and would recommend this company without hesitation.

10 Feb 2021

“Good Bible notes”

These are well-presented and well-written Bible notes. However, our 8-year-old daughter (who is a strong reader) found the amount of content and length of readings a big step up from the notes she had previously been using. The notes need more time to digest and maybe before bed isn't the best time for using them.

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