Ever since I read this article, I’ve been wanting to talk with y’all about it. These statistics on biblical illiteracy reveal a sad state of affairs. Researchers George Gallup and Jim Castelli put the problem squarely: “Americans revere the Bible–but, by and large, they don’t read it. And because they don’t read it, they have become a nation of biblical illiterates.” We don’t know the Bible and our children don’t know the Bible. Albert Mohler emphasized the impact not knowing has by saying, “We will not believe more than we know, and we will not live higher than our beliefs.” Putting the adults aside for the purpose of this article, let’s just focus on talking about the little ones for a minute. Friends, oh how we’re missing out! Remember, it is our responsibility and our joy as parents to teach Biblical truths to our children. (Deuteronomy 6:5-7) In our family, we’ve used the Bible and probably a dozen or so books or Bible storybooks over the years to teach our children God’s Word. I’ve narrowed the list down to our 7 favorites to share with you. I really think you’re gonna like these books:
1. The Ology: Ancient Truths Ever New – The author invites children to study God and learn important Biblical truths through simple stories, drawings, and Bible readings. The book contains 71 chapters with intriguing drawings, a parent guide, a glossary, and discussion questions. Just last night, we read how faith is like root beer with two parts – belief and repentance. My oldest wasn’t home for our reading, but my seven year old was able to tell him about it this morning. Why? Because it was memorable.
2. Big Truths for Young Hearts: Teaching and Learning the Greatness of God – The foreword written by the author’s daughter describes this book as Theology 101 for children and necessary, because “We need to understand these doctrines in order to understand life correctly.” And that in a nutshell is what I hope to impress upon my children by teaching them to appreciate and study doctrine. It’s not just head knowledge, it informs every part of our lives.
3. The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden – If there’s a way to encapsulate the story of the Bible for children to understand without losing the awe inspiring truth of grace, this book does it. Read the story and travel from the garden through to the new heaven and earth with gorgeous pictures as your companion. We wanted to read one chapter a night, but my littles always wanted more. 🙂
4. Big Truths for Little Kids: Teaching Your Children to Live for God – This catechism for young ones goes bit by bit through the foundations of the Christian faith asking children to memorize the answers to foundational doctrine questions. It’s divided into 36 chapters which include catechism questions, a short story, comprehension questions, and a prayer prompt based on scripture. And it is wonderful.
5. What is Prayer? – This series of Little Blessings books also includes Who is Jesus? , Why is There a Cross? , Who Made the World? and more. The books answer the questions with scriptural truth and sweet pictures. Each Bible verse is listed in the back, so the conversation can continue after the book is over. If you have a preschooler or younger, start here. My 19-month old had me reading What is Prayer? to him on repeat today.
6. The Lamb – See how the Old Testament sacrifice of the unblemished lamb foreshadowed the New Testament sacrifice of the perfect Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, in this simple, 10 chapter storybook. The beautiful illustrations help draw you in to the story.
7. This is an honorable mention of sorts to The Action Bible, because while it’s not teaching doctrine per say, all of our children have loved and learned so much Old Testament history through its reading.
While these go on the shelf when we’re done reading them, we always circle back around to read them again. At the same time, we’re always happy to add to our stack, so please do share your favorites in the comments! 🙂
And just one last note, since we’ve started these conversations with our littles, they’ve learned Biblical truths and a few more things too: 1. We can talk about spiritual matters together. 2. The Bible has answers. and 3. The Bible can handle our questions. (Revelation 22:13)