Posts Tagged "Gospel"

#1 – ESV Children’s Bible (Top Ten Christian Books for Kids)

Top Ten #1Call me crazy, but a Bible had to be #1 on any list of the best Christian books for kids, and this particular version does not disappoint.  I bought a copy of the ESV Study Bible last October when it first came out, and the ESV has quickly become my favorite translation of the Bible.  I’m actually on my third time through it now!  I was excited to see a copy of the ESV in a Children’s Bible as well.  Although it is a little more difficult reading than a translation like the NIrV, I want to challenge my kids, and this Bible is a great translation for that!

It does not have all the “bells and whistles” throughout the text like the NIrV Adventurers Bible which came in number four on this list, but I had to give the nod to this version as I think it more accurately reflects the Word of God.  It does include over 200 wonderful full page illustrations along with scripture verses  to help kids picture what things must have been like in Biblical times.  Also, like other Crossway publications, including the ESV Study Bible, the additional information and articles added at the front and back of the Bible are superb!  They include:

  • The Bible God’s Message to Us
  • What The Bible Says About Itself
  • How To Use the Bible
  • About This Bible
  • Who Is God?  What Is God Like?
  • God Makes Himself Known
  • God Chooses a People for Himself
  • The Ten Commandments
  • From Old to New Testament
  • Jesus” God’s Righteous Son
  • Good News!
  • The Gospel of Jesus
  • What Is Salvation?
  • Salvation Explained
  • Sanctification: Becoming More Like Jesus
  • The Fight of Faith
  • The Promises of God
  • Go Into All the World
  • How Will You Respond to What You Have Read?
  • Bible Reading Tips
  • Bible Reading Plan
  • Learning to Pray
  • Bible Memory
  • Dictionary
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#2 – The Jesus Storybook Bible (Top Ten Christian Books for Kids)

Top Ten #2Written by Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrated by Jago, The Jesus Storybook Bible is quickly becoming a classic in world of Children’s Bible Stories, and for good reason.  The book is written in the form of a storybook, and every story points to Jesus.  Sally Lloyd-Jones does a masterful job of showing how the Bible, a collection of 66 books, is actually one story, and it’s all about Jesus.  You can’t ask for much more in a book for your kids.  Next to the Bible itself (which is the only reason this book is not #1 on my list – hint, hint for the next post), I have found this book to be the single best resource for teaching my kids the story of the Bible.  I also know of numerous Children’s Ministries that use this book in their weekly teachings.  I am not exaggerating when I say that I think any Christian who has children should own this book and read it to them regularly!

The book is wonderfully written and beautifully illustrated to draw kids into the stories from the Bible.  Of all the story Bibles for younger children I have ever read (and I’ve been through a lot of them) I enjoy reading from this one the most.  It is written in such a way that it draws you in and rather than just reading an account to your kids, it makes you the storyteller no matter how good you are at it!

Jesus Story Book BibleWith the launch of a new edition of the book which includes an audio reading by David Suchet, the Jesus Storybook Bible now has its own website at:

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#3 – Growing With Jesus (Top Ten Christian Books for Kids)

Top Ten #3I enjoyed, and enjoy, this book so much, that I’ve already devoted an entire post to it called Best Devotional Book for Kids. Rather than re-create the wheel for this Top Ten list, here is what I had to say in the prior post:

I don’t recommend things lightly on this blog, but I was at my local Lifeway store last night looking through the Children’s Devotional section, and I was reminded of the best such book I have ever read with my kids.  The name of the book is Growing With Jesus by Andy Holmes.  I found the book quite by accident.  I ordered it from one of those fund raisers that comes home from school with the kids without ever having seen the inside.  That is a bit of a scary prospect when it comes to any so called “Christian Literature” especially of the Kid’s variety because you never know what you’re going to get!

Fortunately, this book did not disappoint, and I comend it to any parent or Children’s Ministry worker to read with their kids.  From Devotion #1 – “You’re God’s Special Project” to Devotion #100 – “Jesus is Coming Back,” this book affirms, eddifies, teaches and challenges kids and the adults reading with them.  Each devotional offer a Bible Verse, Thoughts to Grow On which explores the verse, Today which offers the kids actions they can take today related to the devotional, and My Amazing World which gives the kids an interesting factoid.  Each devotional is two pages and includes illustrations which keep the kids interest.  For example, my kids were constantly looking for the devotionals with the pictures from the front cover!  Last time we read through this book, my kids were 6 and 4.  We are starting in again this week, they are now 8, 6 and 2.  They love the book, and the devotions spark even deeper conversations.   As a parent I love that they love the book, and I find myself learning from it as well.

Growing With JesusHere is what Christianbook.com has to say about Growing With Jesus:

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#4 – The Adventurers Bible for Early Readers (Top Ten Christian Books for Kids)

Top Ten #4It’s about time we had a Bible in our top ten list, and this certainly won’t be the last one we see in this list of the Top Ten Christian Books for Kids.  The NIrV Advernturer Bible for Early Readers contains the complete text of The New International Reader’s translation recommended for younger children.  The NIV translation is one of the best selling translations of the Bible ever, and the NIrV is the NIV slightly modified to make it easier for children to read and understand.  As explained in the NIrV for kids to understand:

“We used the words of the NIV when we could.  When the NIV words were long, we used words that were shorter.  We wanted to use words that are easy to understand.  We explained words that might be hard to understand in a dictionary at the back of the Bible.  We also made the NIV sentences much shorter.”

This is the version of the Bible I use for teaching my kindergarten and first grade room at church.  Although I personally prefer other versions of the Bible (you’ll see at least one of those later in this list), this is a great translation for kids – especially younger kids.  The shorter sentences make “repeat after me” much easier for the kids to follow.  Although the NIV and NIrV are phrase-for-phrase translations, they do remain as faithful to the original text as possible.  The Adventurers Bible explains it this way for kids to understand:

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#5 – The Memory Bible (Top Ten Christian Books for Kids)

Top Ten #5I found this book when my son (who is now eight) was four years old.  This book is great for helping kids to memorize scripture.  Each of the 52 chapters is built around one memory verse.  Each chapter includes “Thinkin’ Today” with some kid friendly thoughts on the verse, a “Bible Story” related to the verse, and a section called “for me today” which applies the verse to the child’s life.  The book is beautifully illustrated to keep kids’ attentions.

That said, I think the best feature of this book is the two compact discs which come with it.  For each of the 52 chapters, the CDs contain the complete audio of the text in the books narrated by Kirk Cameron (who does a great job by the way).  In addition, for each memory verse there is an original song to help kids remember the verses.  My son still sings some of these songs four years later when he reads them in his Bible.  As an adult, I enjoyed the songs as well.  By the way, the book includes the complete text of the song lyrics to help you sing along.  The CDs can be used to reinforce what you’ve already read to your child or to allow them to enjoy the book on their own time.

At one point, my son and I were reading about five chapters a week, as well as reviewing prior verses.  By the time we were done, he could recite all 52 memory verses, many of which he still retains today!  This is an invaluable tool for helping kids to write God’s word on their hearts.

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