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hildren are naturally captivated by stories. Their budding imaginations crave tales of thrilling adventure, brave heroes, and sacrificial love as ferociously as their stomachs crave food. Never has a parent had to bribe his or her child into curling up on the couch together to enjoy a good story. Happily, this makes the monumental responsibility of sharing the worldaltering, soul-saving gospel with our little ones a joyous and altogether natural task, because the gospel is unmistakably the greatest story ever told. Therefore, reading the Bible with our children can be a delight, an adventure, even a thrill! Within the covers of our Bibles, God’s story of love toward humanity has been penned for our families to relish over and over again. And yet, diving into the 66 books of the Bible is often an intimidating task for parents—especially if they are just becoming literate in its various genres, themes, and storylines themselves. It can be hard

to know where to start, and even harder at times to know how to explain the trickier parts of the Bible to little ears. This is where I wholeheartedly believe that children’s storybook Bibles can be an asset to parents. While these books should never be used as a substitute for the actual God-breathed Scriptures, they can be used as a helpful supplement in a child’s regular intake of the gospel story. These books can help in two ways: First, they give children a broad understanding of the Scriptures. Because these Bibles typically pick out the most important moments in salvation history, children can quickly develop a firm mastery of the overarching biblical narrative from its beginning to its end. Second, storybook Bibles are helpful as they give parents the tools to explain difficult concepts to children in a way they can easily comprehend. This is not to say that children’s Bibles can’t also be a detriment to our children at times. For instance, many such books morph the Bible into a succession of moral anecdotes meant to teach

READING THE BIBLE WITH OUR CHILDREN CAN BE A DELIGHT, AN ADVENTURE, EVEN A THRILL! WITHIN THE COVERS OF OUR BIBLES, GOD’S STORY OF LOVE TOWARD HUMANITY HAS BEEN PENNED FOR OUR FAMILIES TO RELISH OVER AND OVER AGAIN. AND YET, DIVING INTO THE 66 BOOKS OF THE BIBLE IS OFTEN AN INTIMIDATING TASK FOR PARENTS—ESPECIALLY IF THEY ARE JUST BECOMING LITERATE IN ITS VARIOUS GENRES, THEMES, AND STORYLINES THEMSELVES. IT CAN BE HARD TO KNOW WHERE TO START, AND EVEN HARDER AT TIMES TO KNOW HOW TO EXPLAIN THE TRICKIER PARTS OF THE BIBLE TO LITTLE EARS.

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