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One Thing to Do before Giving a Child a Bible

“Brother Maynard” at Subversive Influence details his thought process for buying a new Bible. What particularly struck us is this paragraph:

Once when he was giving a concert, I heard Michael Card say that he was reading his daughter’s Bible, which he explained that he bought each of his kids a Bible and read it before giving it to them. And as he read it, he made notes in the margins, speaking directly to whichever child’s Bible he was reading… so that years later as they read it, their father would be speaking to them in the margins concerning the text and its application for their lives. I was fascinated by this tradition… I loved it and wanted to do it immediately, but it scares me a little. I figure I’d get 1/3 or 1/2 through the first one, and that’d be it… one kid would get an incomplete effort and the other none at all. Still, it’d be powerful if I had more confidence in my own discipline to be able to finish it.

What an interesting idea.

May 9, 2007 | Posted in: ESV,General | Author: Crossway Staff @ 8:03 am | (8) Comments »

8 Comments

  1. One Thing to Do before Giving a Child a Bible (ht: ESV BLOG)…

    Trackback by Gloria Filiorum Patres — May 9, 2007 @ 10:04 am

  2. What an amazing gift to give as a parent! To think I could buy a Bible for my daughter today and fill it with notes and give it to her — a gift of immeasurable value; the Word, along with notes that were prayerfully written for her benefit…

    Trackback by Questio Coram Deo – Seeking to live before the face of God. — May 9, 2007 @ 12:02 pm

  3. Some may have a hard time seeing as how the following idea came from Michael Card, and others may wince when they see that it was posted on the official ESV blog. Yet I thought the idea was outstanding, and am going to start now to put it into practice…

    Trackback by Comings Communiqué — May 9, 2007 @ 3:04 pm

  4. The ESV Bible Blog passes along a great idea, originally from a quotation by songwriter Michael Card, about giving a son or daughter a Bible as a gift. The description given, taken from a post at Subversive Influence, describe’s Card’s idea like this…

    Trackback by A Child's Bible, A Father's Notes — May 9, 2007 @ 5:04 pm

  5. Here is an idea on something to do for your child…

    Trackback by ...the fullness of Him Who fills all in all. — May 9, 2007 @ 5:04 pm

  6. One Thing to Do before Giving a Child a Bible – nice!…

    Trackback by A Link Here, A Note There... — May 11, 2007 @ 7:40 am

  7. One Thing to Do before Giving a Child a Bible: Once when he was giving a concert…

    Trackback by Worlds Apart — May 24, 2007 @ 7:33 am

  8. The ESV Bible Blog passes along a great idea, originally from a quotation by songwriter Michael Card, about giving a son or daughter a Bible as a gift. The description given, taken from a post at Subversive Influence, describes Card’s…

    Trackback by A Child's Bible, A Father's Notes — March 1, 2008 @ 7:44 am

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