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Guide to ESV Children & Youth Bible Resources

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“Children grow up so fast.”

We’ve all heard some variation of this statement, especially when it comes to buying clothes or shoes that kids can wear for more than a month! Because children change so fast, how do you choose a Bible that will fit their growing reading levels?

Here is a list of ESV Bible resources for children and youth that can guide you in these decisions:

Big Picture Story Bible

The Big Picture Story Bible

Ages 2–7

No child is too young to begin learning about the greatest love story of all—God’s love for his people, as portrayed in the Bible. David Helm and Gail Schoonmaker have together created a colorful book of Bible stories written especially for children ages 2–7. Rather than simply retelling portions of the Bible, this book presents the big picture—the unified story running through the Old and New Testaments.

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Seek and Find

ESV Seek & Find Bible

Ages 5–9

This full-color children’s Bible combines the complete ESV Bible text with 130 vibrant illustrations of major Bible stories. Accompanying each full-page illustration is the Bible story itself, clearly and accurately retold for young readers. Each story includes a Key Bible Verse to memorize, Additional Readings for discovering more of the story throughout the Bible, and simple Reflection Questions to help children begin to understand and apply God’s Word.

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ESV Holy Bible for Kids

Ages 6–10

The ESV Holy Bible for Kids is an affordable edition made just for kids. Twenty-four pages of specially prepared content are interspersed throughout the full ESV Bible text. These pages include illustrations that depict major scenes in the story of redemption. Kid-friendly maps are featured in the back. Young children will love calling this Bible their own.

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ESV Kid’s Thinline Bible

Ages 7–12

The ESV Kid’s Thinline Bible was created to be a portable and child-friendly text Bible for children ages 7 – 12. It features an engaging cover and the complete ESV text. Helpful additional content includes a dictionary, Old and New Testament timeline art, and kid-friendly maps. “God’s Word for Me When…” and “God’s Word for Me About…” pages also help orient kids to key Scriptures on various topics.

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ESV Kid’s Compact Bible

Ages 7–12

The ESV Kid’s Compact Bible was created to be a portable and child-friendly text Bible for children ages 7 – 12. It features an engaging cover and the complete ESV text. Helpful additional content includes a dictionary, Old and New Testament timeline art, and kid-friendly maps. “God’s Word for Me When…” and “God’s Word for Me About…” pages also help orient kids to key Scriptures on various topics.

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ESV God Girl Bible

Ages 10–14

The God Girl Bible is now available in the ESV translation. This devotional Bible for teen girls features material prepared by Hayley and Michael DiMarco, bestselling authors of numerous books for youth. It encourages young women to study and apply the Bible text for themselves.

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ESV God Guy Bible

Ages 10–14

The God Guy Bible is now available in the ESV translation. This devotional Bible for teen guys features material prepared by Michael and Hayley DiMarco, who have been ministering to youth for years. The devotional and study materials are engaging design and easy for a younger audience to understand. More importantly, they point guys to the Bible as the foundation for all of life, fostering a love for God’s Word and a desire to know him better.

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ESV Student Study Bible

Ages 12 and up

The ESV Student Study Bible is ideally suited for students who are serious about God’s Word—who want to learn more about what the Bible teaches and how the Bible applies to all of life. With 12,000 clear, concise study notes, the ESV Student Study Bible provides numerous features—including nearly 900 “Did You Know?” facts, 120 new Bible character profiles, and 15 topical articles. It also features a glossary of key terms, more than 80 full-color maps and illustrations, an extensive concordance, and 80,000 cross-references.

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ESV Holy Bible: Textbook Edition

Ages 12 and up

The ESV Holy Bible, Textbook Edition was designed for the classroom. It features the full ESV Bible text in a large, easy-to-read setting. Student-friendly features include full-page book introductions, a concordance, a glossary, and 32 pages of maps and illustrations. Schools and churches will appreciate that students can now study together God’s Word in the ESV translation from the same edition.

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July 3, 2014 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Bible News,ESV | Author: Lizzy Jeffers @ 8:32 am | 0 Comments »

ESV Updates for Kindle PaperWhite

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Amazon Releases Software Update for Kindle PaperWhite

Amazon recently released a software update for both the First- and Second-Generation Kindle PaperWhite devices. First Gen Paperwhite devices should now be running software update and Second Gen devices should run update

While the updates do offer some improvements for accessing notes, managing cloud collections, and reading PDFs, they did cause some issues for readers using our ESV Bible and ESV Study Bible Kindle files. Links within the ESV files displayed incorrectly and caused navigation issues.

Updated ESV Bible and ESV Study Bible E-Books

Updates to the ESV Bible and ESV Study Bible e-books have been released and are currently available. If your Automatic Book Update setting is turned on, the new file should be delivered automatically when you are connected to WIFI. You may need to delete the old file and download it from your cloud account again to receive the update.

To download the new file manually, visit amazon.com/myk to sign into your account and access your bookshelf. There you will see an option to download the update to your chosen device.

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Make sure the Annotation Back-Up setting is turned on before you download the update so all your notes and highlights will be saved.

Check to make sure you have the updated file by navigating to the Copyright page. A version number will be listed under the Text Edition information. The updates will show version number 2014.04.a.mobi.

If you do not receive the update by following these steps, you may need to request the update by contacting Amazon’s Kindle Support.

E-Book Update Fixes

The updated versions of the ESV Bible and ESV Study Bible e-books have removed the link back from study notes, chapter headings, and cross-references. These links have been removed to remedy the linking issue caused by the Kindle PaperWhite software update. To navigate back to the text you were reading before viewing a note or cross-reference, use the Back button on your device or application.


Read more information about the updates here: First Gen Update; Second Gen Update.

For more digital and tech updates, follow us on Twitter (@CrosswayDigital).

April 30, 2014 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Bible News,Digital News,E-Books,ESV,ESV Study Bible,News | Author: Matt Tully @ 8:15 am | (8) Comments »

Crossway Impact Graduation Sale


Looking for gift ideas for a graduate in your life?

Help your graduates ground their next steps in God’s Word. This week, select editions of the ESV Study Bibles and a number of Crossway books are on sale for up to 40% off. This graduation sale is exclusive to Crossway Impact members* and runs through Sunday, May 4.

*A note for international readers – We are still working to expand Impact membership to our friends in Canada and Mexico. Thank you for your patience, and please stay tuned for more information.


Books for Graduates – 25% off

Taking God At His Word

By Kevin DeYoung

Can we trust the Bible completely? With his characteristic wit and clarity, award-winning author Kevin DeYoung has written an accessible introduction to the Bible that answers important questions raised by Christians and non-Christians.


Don’t Waste Your Life

By John Piper

Most people slip by in life without a passion for God, spending their lives on trivial diversions, living for comfort and pleasure, and perhaps trying to avoid sin. This book will warn you not to get caught up in a life that counts for nothing. It will challenge you to live and die boasting in the cross of Christ and making the glory of God your singular passion.



Books for Graduates – 40% off

How to Stay Christian in Seminary

By David Mathis and Jonathan Parnell

Seminary can be thrilling, with the potential to inspire and equip church leaders for a lifetime of faithful ministry. But it’s not without its risks. For many who have ignored the perils, seminary has been crippling. How to Stay Christian in Seminary offers real-world advice for students eager to survive seminary with a flourishing faith.


Jesus or Nothing

By Dan DeWitt

Many young adults are abandoning the Christian faith, convinced that it’s an outdated and uneducated belief system. Dan DeWitt counters these misconceptions and challenges us to think carefully about the choice between Jesus or nothing by comparing the Christian worldview to the notion of a godless universe.


What’s Your Worldview?

By James N. Anderson

Not sure what you’d say? Join James Anderson on an interactive journey of discovery aimed at helping you understand and evaluate the options when it comes to identifying your worldview. Cast in the mold of a classic “Choose Your Own Adventure” story, What’s Your Worldview? will guide you toward intellectually satisfying answers to life’s biggest questions.


Note to Self

By Joe Thorn

Pastor Joe Thorn delivers fifty brief, devotional chapters that model preaching the gospel to ourselves and its practical implications. Readers will be challenged by the book’s direct, personal exhortations to apply the law and the gospel to their own lives. Part of the Re:Lit series.


The Greener Grass Conspiracy

By Stephen Altrogge

With humor and honesty, Altrogge helps us do battle with discontentment by steering us back to the central truths of the gospel. Readers will be drawn to his winsome writing and practical application. Discussion questions follow each chapter, making this book a useful resource for small groups.


Rescuing Ambition

By Dave Harvey

Dave Harvey is calling for a rescue. He wants to snatch ambition from the heap of failed motivations and put it to work for the glory of God. To understand our ambition, we must understand that we are on a quest for glory. And where we find glory determines the success of our quest.



God at Work

By Gene Edward Veith Jr.

Given the enormous amount of time each of us spends working, we would do well to understand our callings and how God works through them. Unpacking the Bible’s teaching on work, Veith helps us to see the meaning in our vocations, the force behind our ethics, and the transformative presence of God in our everyday, ordinary lives.


Work Matters

By Tom Nelson

Striking a balance between theological depth and practical counsel, Tom Nelson outlines God’s purposes for work in a way that helps us to make the most of our vocation and to join God in his work in the world. Discover a new perspective on work that will transform your workday and make the majority of your waking hours matter, not only now, but for eternity.


ESV Study Bibles – 40% off

The ESV Study Bible was created to help people understand the Bible in a deeper way. Combining the best and more recent evangelical Christian scholarship with the highly regarded ESV text, it is the most comprehensive study Bible ever published and has sold over 1 million copies.

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6,000 Bibles Donated to Liberian Pastors at T4G

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Pack the Pallet

At this year’s Together for the Gospel (T4G) conference, Crossway was honored to partner with LifeWay and T4G to collect ESV Global Study Bibles for pastors and church leaders in Liberia, West Africa. Over 7,500 conference attendees were invited to purchase subsidized copies of the Global Study Bible from the conference store and pack them into boxes at Crossway’s booth.

By the end of the conference, nearly 6,000 Global Study Bibles were donated, amounting to seven full pallets of Bibles that will be shipped to Liberia in the coming months.

Thank You!

In the video below, pastor Joseph Johnson of Monrovia shares about the need for God’s Word in places like Liberia and how the donated Bibles will be used to equip local pastors and church leaders.

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from Crossway on Vimeo.

April 17, 2014 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Bible News,Company Updates,ESV,Global Resources,News,Video | Author: Matt Tully @ 8:45 am | 0 Comments »

Christ in All of Scripture – 2 Corinthians 3:7-18



2 Corinthians 3:7-18

“Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, came with such glory that the Israelites could not gaze at Moses’ face because of its glory, which was being brought to an end, will not the ministry of the Spirit have even more glory? For if there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, the ministry of righteousness must far exceed it in glory. Indeed, in this case, what once had glory has come to have no glory at all, because of the glory that surpasses it. For if what was being brought to an end came with glory, much more will what is permanent have glory.

Since we have such a hope, we are very bold, not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face so that the Israelites might not gaze at the outcome of what was being brought to an end. But their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away. Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts. But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”

Unlike the ministry of Moses, which was limited, impermanent, veiled, and lacking transformative power, Paul’s new covenant ministry is characterized by an all-surpassing, permanent, unveiled, transformative glory that is mediated by the Spirit of the Lord (2 Cor. 3:10–11, 16–18). Moses had a remarkable encounter with the presence of God (Ex. 34:29–35), but the new covenant believer’s access is even more astoundingly complete. While Israel could not even look at Moses’ face without the aid of a veil (Ex. 34:33), Christians can now behold the glory of the Lord with an unveiled face. This experience is ours “through Christ” (2 Cor. 3:14). He himself is the answer to the question, how can we behold the glory of God? Jesus, the new temple, has given us full access to the presence of God “through his flesh” (Heb. 10:20), literally tearing the temple curtain that formerly acted as a barrier between a holy God and a sinful people (Matt. 27:51; Ex. 26:31–33).

The implications of this are profound. First, we have unlimited access to the very presence of God (2 Cor. 3:18). Second, in Christ we are given an unashamed boldness to enjoy our free and limitless access to God (2 Cor. 3:12). Third, this bold beholding of God’s glory is the very means that the Spirit uses to bring about our utter transformation into the image of God’s glory (2 Cor. 3:18). From start to finish, the believer is being transformed by God’s glory, for God’s glory, and into the image of God’s glory.

This series of posts pairs a brief passage of Scripture with associated study notes drawn from the Gospel Transformation Bible. For more information about the Gospel Transformation Bible, please visit GospelTransformationBible.org.