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I’m always on the lookout for great, new Bible resources to use for myself and my family. Choosing intentionality and teaching our kids and ourselves more about the Bible is an everyday job we get to do. While we’ve found a few bad eggs, these are a few of my favorites! There are several things I look for –relatability, inspiration, application, and excitability! Not only do I want my kids excited about studying God’s word, but I want that for myself, too! Falling asleep during my quiet time is not my goal. So here are a few of our favorites that we LOVE and I think you will too!
- The Singing Bible by Focus on the Family – This is one my all-time favorite intro to the Bible for kids. It’s fun, filled with stories and songs, and captures the attention of kids. Perfect for listening to at bedtime or in the car! We’ve gone through two sets of these because our kids have worn it out listening so much. I think you’ll love it!
- My ABC Bible Verses – Do you have a little one learning the alphabet and you’d love to incorporate Scripture memory with it? These short alphabetized devotions for kids focus on memorizing one Bible verse with the letter of the alphabet it starts with. Your kids will love this colorful way to hide God’s word in their hearts!
- The Egermeier’s Bible storybook – This is probably one of our favorite early storybook Bibles. It covers more than typical storybook Bibles and it left our kids hanging on every word. They begged for it at bedtime! If you’re looking for a family Bible reading book, then check this one out!
- The Adventure Bible – When our kids asked for their own Bible, we promised them one –as soon as they could read. Inspired, they practiced and practiced until they could read and we presented them with their own Bible. While there are many versions of the Adventure Bible available, we chose the New Internation Readers Version (NIrV) for ease of reading. It was perfect. Because of the language, they are excited to spend time reading their Bibles on their own and we often find them “sneaking” it in bed or reading early in the morning. Don’t tell them –I’m perfectly fine with that. 😉 (This Bible pictured is the NKJV, not my recommended NIrV.)
- Whispers of Wisdom for Mothers of Preschoolers – As a young, busy mama, this book filled with short timely encouragement spoke straight to my heart. It’s perfect for moms with littles who don’t have a lot of time for in-depth studies in their current season of life.
- Pressing Pause – If your goal for the new year is to be intentional, then you might be interested in this devotional for moms. This book offers a calming way to start your day refreshed and recharged from spending time with Jesus before pouring yourself into the people you love.
- Seamless by Angie Smith – Oh my heart, this has been my all-time favorite devotional as it seamlessly weaves together the people, places, and promises of God’s Word. If the Bible seems complicated or confusing or outdated to you, check out this resource! Or maybe you’re a Bible scholar…I think you’ll still love it! Not only will you gain clarity and confidence in your understanding of the Bible, but it’ll change the way you look at Scripture. It bears checking it out.
- Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge – At a low point in marriage, when all I wanted was to be recognized, romanced, and cherished, a friend recommended this book. It was exactly what I’d needed. The longings I felt as a woman told me of the life God created me to live. He wants to be the Hero of our stories, the rescuer of our hearts. He releases us to live as a fully alive and feminine woman. A woman who is truly captivating.
- Dare to be Uncommon by Tony Dungee – When my husband raves about a Bible study, you know it’s got to be good. This is one of his favorites and he recommends it for any man!
- Wild at Heart by John Eldredge – an oldie but goodie! John invites men to recover their masculine heart, defined in the image of a passionate God. And he invites women to discover the secret of a man’s soul and to delight in the strength and wildness men were created to offer.
- I Know His Name by Wendy Blight – If you want to move beyond simply knowing about God to really knowing God in a very personal way, then this study might be for you!
- The Lord is my Shepherd – As both a sheep owner and pastor, author Robert Morgan knows a thing or two about shepherding that bring understanding to the 23rd Psalm. If you’re looking for restoration and calmness, this might be a book you’d love!
- More Than Meets the Eye – I heard Dennis Hensley speak in person a couple years ago and he was amazing! I love this book of short chapters intended to teach us to recognize God is doing so much more than meets the eye. Each chapter ends with thought-provoking questions and encouraging Scripture. It’s a book my husband and kids like hearing read aloud, too!
Thanks for letting me share some of our favorite reading (and listening!). I’d love to hear what resources you use in your own home or favorite version Bible you use to memorize Scripture. What works for you? What resources do your kids love learning from? Comment below or join us on Facebook and chime in!