Friday, July 15, 2011
A Big Bible or a Little Bible?
I will admit it. I am a book junkie. I actually had to downsize my book collection a few months back because I was running out of room in our small, little house. My children have their own bookshelf, that is overflowing and then I have a bookshelf for my books that is overflowing as well (if we had room, you can bet I would have more bookshelves!).
One type of book that I love collecting for my kids is the Children's Bibles. There are so many available and each one tells the stories a little differently. Without counting, I probably have ten of these sorts of books. We have girl and boy themed ones, daily reading themed ones and various other themes.
Although I love these books, to me they are just that. Books. They are not the real deal. Although they are great readers for before nap or bed, I, personally, do not think they should be used in place of the Bible daily.
In my devotion packs, I recommend reading the scripture portion from the Bible to your children. Young children will not understand it at first, but one thing I have found helpful is to stop after each verse and explain what it means. This can be time consuming, so I usually only do it for small scripture portions. If I have a longer scripture I may stop and explain the verses that stand out to me and read through the rest quickly.
In the Duggars newest book, A Love That Multiplies: An Up-Close View of How They Make it Work, they explain how children are sponges and will soak up so much. They said they are surprised sometimes with what their young children remember from Bible times. They also said they did not skip over the more unpleasant topics (such as David and Bathsheba). They believe that their children can learn life lessons from these stories. They may not go into deep detail with the younger ones, but they do expose them to it.
So am I against Children's Bibles or books? No, I'm not! I love them and I encourage people to purchase them! I only don't encourage them for your devotional use. There is no substitute for the real thing!
I would love to hear your opinion on the subject!
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