Recently a couple of my friends have asked, “Which Bible should I by my kids?”
What a great question! But there that leads me to 3 other questions to get to the heart of the matter…
Do you want them to read it now?
If that’s the case, then you should get something at their reading level
Do you want to buy only one Bible for their whole lives?
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Do you want to read it to them?
So how many Bibles should I buy throughout their lives?
That is totally up to you. At first, I thought that I would buy 1 Bible for each of my kids. But I changed my mind early in my parenting. I decided I wanted to read to them as much as I can. And I want them to begin to read the Bible at an early age and continue to read it.
If I buy 7 Bibles, isn’t that a lot of money on the Bible?
Yes. It is the best investment I’ve made. Period. What’s the financial limit you are going to put on your child’s discipleship? For me, I’ll spend whatever it takes to have fun and enjoy God’s Word. Although, buying the Adventure Bible wasn’t necessary for our family.
But there’s one thing more important than reading the Bible to your kids or encouraging them to read it themselves. YOU need to read YOUR Bible and MODEL a Christ-like faith of love. Parents and grandparents need to set the example. The good news is, studies show that it is essential for parents to read their Bibles and walk with God. In fact, it’s so important, that reading your Bible is what I like to call one of The Essentials of Authentic Faith.
Psalm 119:11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.