Once again, Crossway produces a magnificent product. I have always been impressed with their products and the Family Devotional Bible is worth the purchase.
Do you sometimes worry that you are not giving your kids the type of teaching or encouragement from the Bible you wish you were or think you should be? Do you believe that since you are not a Bible scholar that you shouldn’t be teaching the Bible? Have you been wanting to start having a family devotion time but was unsure how to start or what to do? This Bible is for you.
The Family devotional Bible will be a great asset for you and will make family devotions something to look forward to however often you want to do them. The Bible contains 130 devotions for you to share with your family as well as questions to guide family discussions and a key verse to be used for memorization or to help remember the main point of the story. The devotions are based on key stories and characters throughout the Bible but never make them larger than who the whole Bible is actually about, God. Each devotion comes back to the main point of the Bible, which is the Gospel and pointing people to Jesus Christ. The questions are great in that they are easy enough for younger children but will even help adults to truly understand how every story in the Bible is meant to point us to Jesus Christ. There are also full color maps in the back to help you and your children understand more about certain parts of the Bible.
One of my favorite parts of this Bible is the fact it is in the English Standard Version (ESV). Some people might not like the translation but I have always found it to be easy to read and understand. Here is a little note about the ESV translation:
The ESV is an “essentially literal” translation that seeks as far as possible to capture the precise wording of the original text and the personal style of each Bible writer. It seeks to be transparent to the original text, letting the reader see as directly as possible the structure and meaning of the original. (from biblegateway.com)
If you are a parent wanting to find a way to encourage regular Bible reading in your family, then give the ESV Family devotional Bible a chance. You and your children will be glad you did.
Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting / Flyby Promotions for providing a free copy of the book in exchange for this honest review.