Disclosure: I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew
Reading the Bible is a very important part of the life of a believer in Christ. Reading the Bible also is not only for adults. In the book Help Your Kids Learn & Love the Bible by Bethany House Publishers, the author Danika Cooley speaks to parents to help them instill a love of the Bible and an understanding of the importance of Bible reading in the lives of their children. She offers encouragement and practical ideas on this topic.
The author encourages readers to begin reading the Bible with their children at a young age, as well as allow them to sit quietly (but okay if they are fidgeting or playing out of sight on the floor) and listen to the preaching at church services. She points out some instances when her children have listened and learned when she did not realize that they were even engaged with listening. I guess that's not too surprising, really, as how many times do your kids come out with something totally unexpected that they saw or heard sometime when you were just doing errands or not actively observing with them?
One statement that she made which I really liked was near the beginning of the book (and I can't find it now that I want to share it with you!!) -- I'll paraphrase or give my recollection of it :) She said something like choose a Bible version to use, and don't worry if some people think it is not kid-friendly--your child will learn from that version and you will explain it and talk to them about what you read in the Bible (in that version) and they will learn to understand the Bible in that version. (Hope I didn't butcher that thought! That's what I got out of it!) I like that explanation--God's Words are powerful and a version cannot keep them from your child's spirit.
There are lots of great ideas for how to make time and keep time for Bible reading with your children--ideas for preschoolers, elementary schoolers, middle schoolers, and highschoolers. There are ideas for study and faithful Bible reading.
The author gives examples from her family's life to show how they incorporate Bible reading, study, and discussion into their family's days.
As I was reading this book, I kept thinking, oh, that's a great idea, I wish I had done that! You see, my children are upper high school and college aged, and it is a whole different ballgame, reading the Bible with them/encouraging them to read the Bible/etc.
This book is definitely meant to be read by parents with younger children--the younger the better. It is full of great ideas and I definitely recommend this book to parents of young children.
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