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Two Approaches to Family Devotions

Gregory at IsaiahSix writes about switching from children’s Bible storybooks to a “real” Bible for family devotions:

One of the things we’ve been trying recently in my family is reading the actual Bible, not the condensed stories. Modern translations are often broken into sections and paragraphs short enough that they can be used in family worship times. It does take some leading questioning from the parents sometimes to help the children connect everything, but you would be surprised how readable and understandable the Bible’s text is to children. I recommend the English Standard Version or the Holman Christian Standard Bible because they are both easy to read, accurate translations….

The narrative sections of the Old Testament and the parables in the Gospels are excellent sources for family worship and they’re short enough to keep even the shortest attention spans engaged. If you have young children, give it a try. You may be surprised how much they’ll pick up on with just a little bit of guidance from you.

Meanwhile, Christ Centered Children recommends some Bible storybooks if your family isn’t ready to make the leap.

We should probably mention that in addition to the complete ESV Children’s Bible, Crossway publishes two Bible storybooks: The Big Picture Story Bible and 365 Bible Stories for Young Hearts.

June 28, 2007 | Posted in: Uncategorized | Author: Crossway Staff @ 8:05 am | (3) Comments »


  1. ESV Bible Blog » Two Approaches to Family Devotions. (tags: Christian Prayer Bible). Good answers to questions. The questions were good too. (tags: fv/npp). FIRST THINGS: The Relevance of Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy…

    Trackback by links for 2007-06-29 — June 29, 2007 @ 8:05 am

  2. I ran across this blog post via this post on the ESV blog. This paragraph caught my attention:. Obviously you’re not going to read the first chapter of Matthew (a long list of “begats†) in family worship time….

    Trackback by GuideToPetra-dot-com: Reading The Bible To Children — June 29, 2007 @ 12:02 pm

  3. My wife Shua has been reviewing kids Bibles on her blog (the ESV Blog picked up her review).

    Trackback by Children’s Bibles Reviews — June 29, 2007 @ 3:02 pm

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