So…as I’ve mentioned before, I’m not big on resolutions — I’m not very good at keeping them, that is. However, with the year still new and because I have found fresh inspiration from sites like OrganizingYourWay and SteadyMom, I’ve decided that I really do want to stop and re-evaluate and tweak the way I do a lot of different things — particularly things that have to do with homemaking, parenting, etc. Is that a resolution? I’m not sure.
Annnnyway…I thought I’d start this little “series” on my blog called “What Do You Do?” (WDYD for short :)), and I would *LOVE* for you to participate. I’m hoping to not only get ideas (selfishly :)), but I am hoping that maybe we could all get ideas from eachother as we share what we do!
Here’s how it works:
- I’ll throw out a topic along with any thoughts, ideas and/or specific questions I have on the topic.
- You blog your thoughts on the topic, including a link back to my blog post
- Leave a comment on my blog including a link to your blog post
- If you don’t have a blog (or don’t feel like blogging about it), just leave a comment! I still want to hear from you!
- Be sure to check out all the other bloggers who have participated!
Without further ado, here we go…
TODAY’S TOPIC: CHILDREN’S BIBLES, FAMILY DEVOTIONS and SUCH
Kind of an unusual topic to start out with, but one that came to mind today!
OK, here’s the deal. W is now 2, so he’s really just starting to gain a better understanding of Bible stories, and we’re working on figuring out more of a regular routine for sharing them with him. However, finding a good Bible storybook has been difficult.
Here are my ponderings on some that we’ve explored (note: I’m not trying to critique them; just weighing the pros & cons):
We’ve been using The Beginner’s Bible for quite awhile. It’s a nice, simple little storybook, but sometimes it’s a little too simple for my taste…
So…after doing a little research, we got The Big Picture Story Bible. At first glance? Awesome. Perfect wording/story-length for preschoolers. At further glance? Um, WHOA. Big Picture, indeed! The idea behind it is that it ties all of the stories together to show how God’s plan for redemption runs through the entire history in the Bible — not just the New Testament. This is cool on many levels — but sometimes I just miss reading to W about Noah & the Ark! The simple stories are gone. They’re all mentioned, but kind of all woven together…hard to explain.Still, it’s a very cool, beautifully illustrated book!
Finally, it seems that everyone and their brother has recommended the Jesus Storybook Bible. This happens to be a title I scored for free during my days in Christian retail (yes, I stockpiled a few things to share with my future kids!). The idea is similar to the Big Picture Story Bible — it’s supposed to weave all the stories together to show Christ as the common thread, which is SO cool. However…has anyone else here read this? Am I the only one to be put off by the flowery language in the introduction alone? I feel kind of bad, because it is an awesome concept, but it’s hard for me to get past. What do you think? Should we give it another go?
OK, so those are the 3 kid’s Bibles we’ve explored. Does anyone have any thoughts on these titles? What Bible storybooks do/did you use with your kids? What is your routine for reading them to your kids? Do you have a “family devotions” time in your house? If so, what does that look like?
WHAT DO YOU DO?
Yeah…I’ve left you with lots of questions. Now….ANSWER! 🙂