I couldn’t start off my 31 Series of Character Building Books without starting with God’s Word. It is the ultimate book to teach character. God gives us a clear path to have a life of wisdom and good character. Throughout the Bible you will read about men and women who had it and ones who didn’t. You will see the story of Grace and the story of Redemption. There is no better book to be reading to your kids to then the Holy Bible. It is God’s story and it is the one that they need to be grounded in, especially in this fallen culture!
I wanted to share some of my favorite Bible’s for children with you but I wanted to say right off that YOUR Bible is the best tool for your family.
The one you read around the dinner table.
The one you take to church and bible study.
The one you mark up with beautiful colored pencils and highlighters.
As much as I want to see you enjoy this series on books of character, if your children are not seeing you in this book on the regular basis I would suggest you put all the other books on hold until you get THIS ONE out. This will transform your home like no other book! It is God’s Word and it is sharper then a doubled edge sword !
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Every family is different with the version they prefer. Some will ONLY use the King James, others will use many versions. You use whatever you feel is right for your family. I LOVE the New King James the best for my Bible and I like the NIV for some of the JR ones, but we use many different versions for different things here!
All that said, here are some of my favorites for kids:
The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name-This is a storybook that points the whole story to Christ. It has beautiful illustrations and is captivating for children because it is in story form. I wouldn’t want my children to only have this as their bible, to me it is more of an enhancement and more of a way to bring God’s story alive to them. The illustrations are beautiful and my daughter especially is always pulling this off the shelf.
Ken Taylor-Really I LOVE anything this man has written. He is home with the Lord now but he had such a wonderful way of writing the Word for children. All of my children had a Ken Taylor Bible as their first one. The illustrations are beautiful in these as well and they have short stories that go in order from the beginning to the end. They don’t cover ever aspect of the Bible because as we know not every story can be handled as a small child. However he doesn’t only cover the stories that many curriculums cover either such as Noahs Ark and Jonah, he gives a nice overview of the whole Bible. I will be talking more about Ken Taylor in this series. My kids love every Bible we have of his.
I love this one for your child’s first whole Bible-my 13 yr old still reaches for this one. The NIrV Discoverer’s Bible for Early Readers
You can read my reviews on this one for girls
This one for boys!
Here are a few resources I have on my wish list but don’t have:
I haven’t used this one but I would LOVE to get it and have heard WONDERFUL things about it. The Child Training Bible
The Family Reading Bible-Courtney from Women Living Well loves this one! I do believe it is hard to get, Amazon is no longer selling it so I’m not positive it is still in print.
The Hands-On Bible -I love the idea of having hands on activities to do with each lesson.
Here is the post where I talk about why I picked 31 Days of Character Building Books and where I share some ideas on getting books!
What are some of YOUR favorite Bibles? I would love to check them out!
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