Now that I have seven and eight year olds that are readers I really like them to read the devotions outloud for the family. It used to be hard to do this when they were learning to read because the message would get lost in their stopping and starting but now we can really utilize books like the Kid’s Devotional Bible and get a lot out of it while practicing their reading!
This Bible is set up with 300 devotions. What I really like about it is the way they are spread throughout the Bible. They are set in relation to some verses in that chapter. Since my kids are still learning the books of the Bible at this age, it’s really good for them to have the practice of looking up the verse, close to the devotional we are reading. It also goes in order of the books of the Bible. There are “weekend devotions” that are extras and then Monday thru Friday.
The weekend is nice because not everyone does them both days of the weekend. We usually don’t do Sunday because we already went to church. However, the days are irrelevant to me. We just go in order from what we last read. These devotions are also a little different in that they are all about creation and involve extra activities that you might be able to do on the weekend and recognize God’s creation.
The devotions are short and sweet which are good for elementary aged kids, especially since we do them right before bed.
I really like the “Got it” feature that allows them to further search through the Bible thus learning their book order to answer trivia questions themselves. They still need help with this but I can tell they are eager to learn it and really like these sections.
The book introductions are also helpful and I just read these as we start devotionals in each book. I have found that I am still always learning new things about the Bible so these are really interesting to me as well.
The NIrV is my new favorite version of the Bible since having kids that can read. I always liked the NIV and this is a simplified version with shorter sentences and words that are easier for kids to understand. The Bible can be difficult to understand so any simplification is helpful.
We have worked our way through several weeks of devotions and my kids are really enjoying them and we are all learning a lot together. We look forward to reading the Kids Devotional Bible for the entire year together!
About the Book
Complete with a year’s worth of devotions, the Kids’ Devotional Bible, NIrV will help children develop a habit they’ll want to keep. Engaging weekday devotions, fun weekend activities, interesting illustrations, and a dictionary make this a Bible they’ll want to read and apply to their lives. It includes the complete New International Reader’s Version (NIrV)—the stepping stone to the NIV—making it easier for young readers to read and understand.
Short weekday devotions that help young readers apply Bible lessons for a full year.
52 weekend devotions that teach kids about God’s creation through fun activities like visiting the zoo and gazing at the stars.
“Got It” feature that encourages kids to find answers to Bible trivia themselves.
Book introductions that give helpful information about each book of the Bible.
A dictionary to look up words they want to know more about.
The complete NIrV text, which uses shorter sentences and easier words. Kids can read this Bible on their own!
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