2020-02-26 to 28 Pictures: Charleston, South Carolina

One of the few upsides of having to cancel our Spring Break trip last March at the onset of the pandemic is that we are "stuck" with a rather large voucher from one of those discount airlines. Last autumn, Tricia and I spent a weekend in Savannah, Georgia and had a...

A John 3:16 Craft for Kids

John 3:16 is one of the most well known and reassuring verses in the Bible. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.John 3:16 (NIV) The following is a little craft I threw...

2020-03-01 Pictures: Lyndsey’s College Signing Day

This afternoon Lyndsey made it official, signing her letter of intent to play college basketball for the Hiram College Terriers starting next year. While she made the decision and committed to Hiram before Christmas, she has been looking forward to this day since her...

2020-02-13 Pictures: Lyndsey’s 18th Birthday

I am little behind on posting photos. These are some of my favorites from a couple of weekends ago when we got a chance to celebrate Lyndsey's 18th birthday. It's hard to believe that my little girl is officially an adult. It was nice to have the family all back...


Introduction I love working with kids, and I love teaching them hard concepts in ways they can understand. To that end, for years I have been working on a dictionary of theological terms for kids and teens. In sharing those definitions, there seemed no better place to...

If You Want It Done Right

In all likelihood, you know how the phrase ends: If you want it done right, DO IT YOURSELF! This is a bit of a mantra for me, and frankly, something that I struggle with daily both in leadership and in my Christian walk.  In theory, this is easy to accept. ...

What Does God Hate?

This is the little and humble post that started it all. I happened to be reading through my Bible, and this passage impacted me so much that I posted a little blurb about it on Facebook. That was July 28, 2008, and I've been writing and sharing ever since. (Maybe...

#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:

“We wanted the NIrV to say just what the first writers of the Bible said.  So we kept checking the Greek New Testament as we did our work.  That’s because the New Testament’s first writers used Greek.”

Adventurer BibleAs for the compilation of additional information and inserts, I love this Bible.  It offers useful, kid-friendly tools throughout the text.  “Words to Treasure” point out key Bible verses worth remembering.  “Did You Know?” inserts point out interesting facts to be learned from the Bible.  “People in Bible Times” offers short descriptions of key biblical personalities.  “Life In Bible Times” helps transport the kids back to the times the Bible is telling them about.  “Live It!” offers opportunities to apply what the Bible is saying to your life right now.  In addition, there are short , practical and helpful introductions to each book as well as various charts scattered throughout the text.   Finally, this Bible is visually appealing from the front cover (who says a Bible needs a boring plain leather cover?) to the green leaf edging (and, yes that was a play on gold-leaf edging) to the full color inserts contained inside the Bible!

Finally, the full color inserts written specifically for kids are a treat that you won’t want to miss.  They include pictorially fun images covering topics like:

  • How To Use This Bible
  • Famous People of the Bible
  • Ten Commandments for Kids
  • Bible Themes
  • Famous Old Testament Prophets
  • Love Passage For Kids
  • Questions Kids Ask
  • Famous Children of the Bible
  • How to Pray
  • What is Faith?
  • Life Of Christ
  • Getting to Know Jesus
  • How to Be A Christian
  • The 12 Disciples

Here’s what had to say about The Adventurer Bible for Early Readers:

“Younger children can share in the love for God’s Word with The Adventure Bible for Young Readers! Designed specifically for children still learning to read, this Bible is perfect for those who are ready to explore the Bible on their own. It is filled with colorful illustrations and important facts and figures throughout to enhance a child’s personal Bible study. Based on the bestselling Adventure Bible, this Bible has the full text of the New International Reader’s Version (NIrV–“The NIV for Kids!”), which is easy for young children to read and understand. The Adventure Bible for Young Readers will instill a life-long habit of turning to God’s Word for guidance. Recommended for ages 6 to 10.”




  1. peterjfoster

    I like your Adventurer Bible for early readers.

    • Wayne Stocks

      Thanks Peter. I think it\’s a great Bible for kids.