To Mom and Dad,
Like every Christian parent, I want my children to read the Bible. However, although I’ve found numerous Bible reading plans for adults, I couldn’t find what I wanted for my kids.
Some plans were way too ambitious and time-consuming; others just had random verses from here, there, and everywhere. Some had too much interactivity; others had too little. Some had one verse of Bible and one page of commentary!
I wanted my children to have a Bible reading plan that would be simple, systematic, interactive, do-able, and full of Bible. So…I wrote one myself. And when I shared the handouts on social media a couple of years ago, I was taken aback by how many families used and appreciated them. Many asked for a book version, and I’m delighted to say that the first five volumes are now available on Amazon.
Each book has about 100 days of Bible reading, each day has a brief question, and each week has an area for prayer points. Here are some sample pages from Genesis and from Matthew to help you judge whether this would be suitable for your children. They work with every version of the Bible, and I’ve used them successfully with with ages 7-14.
It shouldn’t require more than five minutes a day, but, over a few years, your children will read and interact with much of the Bible. And they will end up not only with a memorable collection of Bible workbooks, but also a blessed habit of daily, systematic, interactive, and prayerful Bible reading.
I hope you will also talk to your children about the books. Why not have a weekly discussion about the readings and answers, and use the opportunity to not only keep them accountable but to develop another holy habit, that of freely discussing the Word of God with one another.
The focus of the first five volumes is on covering the biblical narratives, although we do skip a few stories here and there that may be especially difficult for younger children. They can be read and studied when the children are older and better able to profit from them.
May God bless these plans so that it may be said of all our children: “From childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 3:15).
A website will soon be up and running with hints and tips on how to help your children read the Bible, and also an opportunity to bulk order at lower prices for churches and schools. In the meantime, here’s the Amazon link.
Thank you to my assistant, Sarah Perez, for all her work on these books. Big thanks, as usual, to Cameron Morgan for his work on the covers, and thanks to Esther Engelsma for proofing.