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I don’t know if you guys have heard yet, but Christmas is just around the corner! Seriously, friends, we really don’t have that many shopping days before the halls are all decked, the windowpanes are frosted, and Santa Claus comes to town.
One of my favorite things to give for gifts are children’s Bibles. I love giving them at baby showers, birthday parties, and, of course, at Christmas! With so many to choose from, though, it’s really hard to know what Bible is best to give the kiddos. I’m sure each and every one of you has come across some really crummy children’s Bibles and we all want to steer clear of them so we can make sure our kids are getting good theology and accurate stories.
As I’ve searched for my favorite children’s Bible, I’ve come up with a few criteria to help me in my search that I’d love to share with you.
Is it age appropriate?
Obviously, one of the first things I consider is age appropriateness. Sometimes you’re looking for a book for a baby where you just want some cute rhymes and simple words. Other times you’re looking for a book for a new reader that uses easy to read words and short sentences. You could also be looking for a book that is to be read to the little ones that has simple ideas but not necessarily super easy words.
Is it moralistic or is it gospel centered?
One of my passions is making sure everyone, kids included, understands the gospel – the message that Jesus died to take away our sins and we can’t do anything and don’t need to do anything to receive it – rather than get a list of do’s and don’ts that simply change their actions but don’t affect their faith. It’s easy for children’s Bibles to get caught up in the moral aspect of the stories because it’s simpler for kids to understand than the complex nature of the gospel so I choose to stay away from those Bibles.
Is it a story book or does it look at the bigger picture of the Bible?
This point is a little like the point before so it might feel like I’m reiterating myself a little but it matters a lot to me. I believe every story in the Bible points to Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross. I want children to understand how to Bible ties together as one cohesive story and not focus on simply the story of David and Goliath or Abraham and Sarah.
Does it point to Jesus?
Above every point that I’ve made before, it’s the most important that any children’s Bible I read to my son or gift to someone else points the children to Jesus! I have honestly read a few children’s Bibles that don’t even include the crucifixion and resurrection and that is absolutely flabbergasting to me! The key aspect of our faith is Jesus and it has to be present in a children’s Bible!!!!
Luckily for you, there’s a children’s Bible I’ve found that meets all the criteria I listed!!!! It’s perfect for every age range because it has bright pictures, catchy stories, and repeated words. No, it’s not a simple rhyme-y book for babies or an early reader book but it’s perfect for reading to any age. As an adult, I even love it! It also is so totally focused on Jesus. Every story it shares ties back to the bigger picture of the Bible – the salvation Jesus offers us!
The children’s Bible I love is The Jesus Storybook Bible
! If you’re looking to purchase a Bible for your favorite kiddo this Christmas, I’d highly recommend looking into it!
What’s your criteria for picking out a children’s Bible?
What’s your favorite children’s Bible?