We have been highlighting some Bible reading plans and some helpful Bible reading apps at the beginning of this year. We also wanted to make a few suggestions for resources that might be helpful for those of you who want to read the Bible with your children. We are conscious that this can be really challenging but we are also convinced that it is really important and potentially very rewarding. This post offers some ideas that might make reading the Bible with your children a little bit less daunting and somewhat more manageable!
Books and Resources
Table Talk (Good Book Company)
This is a resource that is designed to be used for a family devotion time. It works best if the whole family are together in once place to read the Bible but can also be used 1-2-1. They can also be used in conjunction with the Good Book Company’s bible reading notes for children (XTB notes). For more information, including a sample look at the notes and a short introductory video click on this link.
Long Story Short (Marty Machowski)
This is a book that breaks up the big story of the bible into shorter sections. Each devotion ought only to take around 10 minutes per day which means that it can fit into a busy family schedule. There are readings for 5 days of the week which leaves two days for something else to read or time to catch up! For an introduction from the author see this video.
Big Truths for Young Hearts (Bruce Ware)
This book is slightly different in that it is not so much a book of Bible stories, but a book that seeks to teach children big theological truths in a way that they can understand. It is more doctrinal than narrative in style and so might be more suitable for older children or children who have become really familiar with the well known Bible stories. You can view a sample from the book here.
The Jesus Story Book Bible (Sally Lloyd Jones)
This is a firm favourite of ours in Hill Street and is helpful for both children and adults alike. Lloyd Jones writes beautifully and in a really Christ-centred way. It is a wonderful resource for helping children to see how the whole Bible is pointing us to Jesus. We guarantee that if you read this with your children you will end up learning lots yourself.
The Biggest Story (Kevin De Young)
We used this recently in church at our Christmas Family Service. It probably isn't the most ideal book for using in a regular family devotion time but would be a good book to use to read to children at night time. Again, it very clearly teaches the big story of the Bible and points us to Jesus as the Rescuer we all need. An added bonus in this book are the wonderful pictures that kids will absolutely love.
As well as the books and resources above, there are also a number of apps available that might help kids learn more about God’s Word. However, we would also say that while these are great, they ought not to be a substitute for helping children to actually read the Bible themselves.
Bible for Kids
This app comes from the YouVersion family and is great for kids. It is very interactive and will help children to learn some of the big stories of the Bible. There are special challenges and fun facts activities designed to help children try and remember what they have been reading.
Guardians of Ancora
This is an app that has been produced by Scripture Union. It is a bible game app that has wonderfully designed and is great fun to play. The object of the game is to collect lost stories and bring them back to the city of Ancora. These stories are Bible stories and so as children play the game they will be collecting (and therefore watching and hearing) lots of different Bible stories. This app is well worth a look for kids who love to play games on phones and tablets. It is free and there is more information available here.
We hope you've found these three posts on resources for reading the Bible helpful. As we mentioned on our Facebook page, we're hoping to use our blog a bit more this year so make sure you check it regularly.