I remember the search for my daughter's first "Big Girl Bible." We'd decided to give it to her a few years before she could actually read it. I wanted her to have a Bible that was just like the ones she saw adults using, beyond her story Bibles, which we also used regularly.
"This is God's holy word," I told her. "We handle it with care and respect."
The careful attention to detail and learning resources in the Christian Standard Bible's Explorer Bible for Kids, quite simply, blows me away. I had to read up on some of the sidebar material immediately as I flipped through it. My personal favorite is the Olive Compass, Leathertouch. Here's a link to look inside.
Here are some key features you'll find inside:
- Introductions to each book of the Bible
- Highlights of 79 Bible characters, including fun facts and insights
- 115 facts and images from today, and how they connect to the Bible
- A look at archaeological finds and how they help us understand scripture
- A glossary and concordance
- QR codes that lead to online videos and activities
- Charts that show where Bible events fall into world history
- A dictionary that defines some of the bigger words found in the Bible
Here's a video introducing the Bible.
I've used the CSB translation for years, and really appreciate it. Did you know you can look up translation reading levels? That might be a good tool for deciding which Bible you'd like to select for your child. The CSB lands right in the middle, about 7th grade reading level, so it will grow with your child as their reading level develops. Taken from the website, csbbible.com:
"The Christian Standard Bible (CSB) is a highly trustworthy, faithful translation that is proven to be an optimal blend of accuracy and readability. It’s as literal to the original as possible without sacrificing clarity."
I've got a couple ways for you to get your hands (or the hands of your favorite young reader) on this NEW Bible. Blessed Freebie is giving away a copy! Enter here by December 17th for a chance to win. Lifeway Stores is offering blog readers a 50% off coupon, good for one copy of this particular Bible from their website, lifeway.com*.
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