choosing a bible

Choosing a Bible is a very important decision for both children and their parents.  Many factors come into play when making this difficult decision.  Children are very different in their learning styles and their personal tastes.  Are they visual learners?  Would they prefer lots of commentary and devotional material, or is just Biblical text what is wanted?  Does the child like bright and vibrant colors, or would they prefer soft and subdued?  Where is the child developmentally?
 
With all of the factors considered, the most important thing about a child's Bible is that it is actually used.  I have seen countless parents pour lots of money and hours into selecting Bibles for their children, only to see them sit and gather dust on a shelf somewhere.  As with adults, the Bible has no impact on a child's life if it is not read and studied.
 
I will not shirk my responsibility to answer the call of parents to recommend a Bible for their children.  I have spent many hours and much prayer dedicated to this task.  Below you will find my recommendations.  If you need them, use them.  Most importantly - whatever Bible you choose - READ IT WITH YOUR CHILD!
 
Birth to 3 Years
 
My First Study Bible
 
Now your precious little one can have a study Bible all their own, just like Mom and Dad! Biblical characters like Joshua, Rahab, David, Esther, Mary, and many more share their exciting stories. Children will learn all about God's Word in a fun and exciting way.  Each Bible story has an introduction, background information, special notes with lots of details, and a summary at the end.  Each page also has colorful and entertaining illustrations.
 
Biblical characters from the Old and New Testaments share their fascinating stories in My First Study Bible.  You will find answers to such interesting questions as:
  • Why was Queen Esther afraid to talk to her own husband?
  • How big was Noah's ark?
  • How could Peter heal people?
  • How did Jesus feed thousands of people with only five loaves and two fishes?
My First Study Bible is a fun and exciting way for your child to learn all about God's Word.  Your child will learn why Jesus came to earth and how God is involved in everyday life.
 
4 Years to 4th Grade
 
The Adventure Bible for Early Readers
 
Younger children can share in the love for God's Word with The Adventure Bible for Young Readers!  Desinged 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 lifelong habit of turning to God's Word for guidance.
 
Features Include:
  • "Life in Bible Times" helps kids understand what it was like to live in Bible times.  For visual appeal, each box includes a color picture.
  • "People in Bible Times" helps readers to sort out Zechariah from Zacchaeus, Joseph from Joash.
  • "Words to Treasure" highlights popular verses for kids to memorize.
  • "Did You Know?" points out many of the interesting facts and figures found in the Bible.
  • "Let's Live It!" suggests activities, such as playing games, and drawing pictures to reinforce the Bible lessons.
  • A Dictionary/Concordance helps with those tricky words.
  • Book Introductions give basic facts about each book of the Bible (who wrote it, where it took place, and why it was writtten).
  • Full-color pages throughout give more interesting information about the Bible and what it means to be a Christian.

5th Grade to 8th Grade

Boys
 
God's Word for Boys
 
Now boys can discover God's special plan for them - becoming men of true Christian character - in this unique study Bible designed just for them.  God's Word for Boys includes these exceptional age-specific helps specially designed for the unique needs and interests of boys:
  • Book Introductions - Descriptive features highlight contents of each book of the Bible.
  • Good Morning, God - Brief devotionals tied to specific Bible passages encourage boys to read, think, and pray their personal lives and relationships.
  • Genuine Heroes - Biographical sketches of persons whose lives and actions display traits boys can admire and emulate.
  • Men's World - Details what life was like for a man in Bible times.
  • Be All You Can Be - Challenges boys to act appropriately, make right decisions, and choose worthwhile values.
  • Drawings, illustrations, and maps - Supplements to assist understanding of the Bible in proper context.

Combined with God's Word Translation, today's most readable and accurate Bible translation, these fearures help boys discover a healthy and godly personal identity, guiding them past our culture's deceptive stereotypes and into sound and successful relationships with God and others

Girls
 
God's Word for Girls
 
Now girls can discover God's special plan for them - becoming women of true Christian character - in this unique study Bible designed just for them.  God's Word for Girls includes these exceptional age-specific helps specially designed for the unique needs and interests of girls:
  • Book Introductions - Descriptive features highlight contents of each book of the Bible.
  • Good Morning, God - Brief devotionals tied to specific Bible passages encourage girls to read, think, and pray their personal lives and relationships.
  • Genuine Heroines - Biographical sketches of persons whose lives and actions display traits girls can admire and emulate.
  • Women's World - Details what life was like for a woman in Bible times.
  • Be All You Can Be - Challenges girls to act appropriately, make right decisions, and choose worthwhile values.
  • Drawings, illustrations, and maps - Supplements to assist understanding of the Bible in proper context.

Combined with God's Word Translation, today's most readable and accurate Bible translation, these fearures help girls discover a healthy and godly personal identity, guiding them past our culture's deceptive stereotypes and into sound and successful relationships with God and others.

9th Grade to College Graduate
 
Impact Student Leadership Bible
 
The Impact Student Leadership Bible is the best resource to equip young leaders today.  It presents hundred of articles, notes, and study aids aimed at developing a balanced, healthy Christian worldview.  Readers discover a strong, Scripturally based understanding of kingdom life, servanthood, and God's planned destiny.  This Bible provides tools and resources to equip, empower, and enable young men and women to make a difference in their world and walk with confidence their repective callings.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Where to Buy
 
All of the above Bibles can be purchased either at your local Christian bookstore, or online at any number of E-tailers.  They are all definately available at christianbooks.com
Shane Johnson
Email:shanejohnson@parkview-baptist-church.org
Phone:(352) 339-4669