Summer is the perfect time to start a new plan for family Bible study! There are so many wonderful books that will engage the hearts and minds of everyone in the family; let me share some of my favorites!
Sally Lloyd-Jones and the artist Jago have teamed up to give us one of the finest children’s storybook Bibles available, The Jesus Storybook Bible ~ every story whispers His name. Sally’s winsome writing style draws children in immediately and it will soon become everyone’s bedtime favorite. Jago’s illustrations are breathtaking and colorful and bring each story to life in a fresh way. Helping children see God’s amazing plan for them through Jesus has been masterfully presented and is convicting as well as comforting.
Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing, also by Lloyd-Jones and Jago, gently presents big thoughts for little ones, again pointing them to Christ and setting the stage for deeper thoughts to turn into deeper conversations.
Jago’s beautiful illustrations will captivate your little ones!
The devotionals by children’s ministry director and author, Starr Meade, belong on every family bookshelf. Doctrinally solid and written to be used for multiple ages, Meade’s ability to present difficult truth in simple ways will give you the confidence to tackle the many questions children ask. She is a prolific writer but here are a few of her books I have enjoyed:
Comforting Hearts, Teaching Minds ~ Family devotions Based on the Heidelberg Catechism This year is the 450th anniversary of this confession and a good time to revisit it or read it for the first time. I love it because it is very personal and convicting.
Big Beliefs ~ Introducing Your Family to Big Truths by David Helm is another solid work that breaks down key theological concepts into bite size pieces the whole family can understand.
The newest one I have discovered is The New City Catechism ~ 52 Questions and Answers for Our Hearts and Minds and it is a gem! This is the perfect size catechism to memorize as a family and to spark discussion and further research as you learn sound doctrine. The word catechism simply means “a summary of the principles of Christian religion in the form of questions and answers, used for the instruction of Christians.” Unfortunately, the practice of catechizing families is a lost art, one we should certainly bring back to our homes and churches. You can also find more information about this book at www.newcitycatechism.com and a handy phone app is also available.
Finally, this little treasure of a book was brand new to me when a guest pastor quoted from it a couple weeks ago. Only 37 pages in length, Jonathan Edward’s Resolutions and Advice to Young Converts gives us wise counsel from the writings of the the Great Awakening preacher and amazes us with how timely it is, even all these years later.
Do you have any favorites to recommend? Please leave your suggestions in the comments!