Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts

December 15, 2014

Christmas gifts for all sorts of Bible readers

This post comes later than intended and, very likely, I accidentally omitted some of my favorites or yours. Nevertheless, this will give you a quick list of highly recommended editions of the Bible to check for your Christmas giving and your own Christmas list.

Catholic readers
Catholic Study Bible
Catholic Women’s Bible
Little Rock Catholic Study Bible
Jerusalem Bible
New Catholic Answer Bible
New Jerusalem Bible
Saint Mary’s Press College Study Bible
The Saints Devotional Bible

Adventure Bible for Early Readers,
Adventure Bible,
Bible storybooks for children
Bibles for children
Catholic Children’s Bible
Catholic Teen Bible
Catholic Youth Bible
ESV Children’s Bible
NIV Teen Study Bible

Evangelical readers
ESV Study Bible
Gospel Transformation Bible,
Holman Study Bible
Life Application Study Bible
MacArthur Study Bible,
New American Standard Bible, wide-margin, goatskin

General readers
African Heritage Study Bible
Amplified Bible
Anselm Academic Study Bible
Complete Parallel Bible
Common English Study Bible
The Lutheran Study Bible,
New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha
The Message with deuterocanonical aka apocryphal books
NIV Study Bible
Oxford Study Bible, Revised English Bible with Apocrypha
Thompson Chain Reference

©2014, Mary Harwell Sayler, poet, writer, and reviewer, is a lifelong lover of Christ, the Bible, and the church in all its parts.


October 17, 2013

Children’s Bibles bring Christ into Christmas

As a gift for Christmas or anytime, the God Loves Me Bible makes a highly recommended introduction to faith-building stories for young children. I’ll have to admit, though, when ZonderKidz kindly sent me copies, I felt dismayed at first since I’d rather review Bibles than Bible storybooks. Although this lovely edition probably falls into the latter category, the author Susan Elizabeth Beck did an outstanding job of translating biblical information into a simply-said text (not easy to do!) without adding thoughts not found in scriptures.

The charming illustrations by artist Lisa Mallett and the large font used for the text encourage young readers to sound out words for themselves or follow the story being read. In addition to these visual aids, the front cover comes with a layout that invites and delights.

Centered below the title God Loves Me and above the word “Bible” rests a cut-out where you can slip in a picture of the child to whom you’ll give this book, making the Bible exactly as God’s Word should be – personal! But, to be 100% sure, each child gets the message, every story ends with “God loved ____ (the name of the Bible story character) and God loves me!”


©2013, Mary Harwell Sayler

God Loves Me Bible