Studies have shown that the most influential person for a young person’s faith is his or her parents. The ESV Family Devotional Bible aims to help families read and study scripture.
This hardback Bible includes the entire English Standard Version (ESV) of the Bible. A fairly new translation, in the midst of quite a few to choose from, the ESV is not all that different from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV). The ESV seems to have been presented as an alternative to the traditionally used King James Version.
The ESV Family Devotional Bible includes 130 key stories retold, along with questions and a key verse. There are colorful illustrations for each devotion as well. At first, the illustrations were a bit nostalgic, as they reminded me of the pictures in the story Bible at my grandparents’ home. I’m not sure, however, they would be the most kid-friendly today.
The end of each devotion lets you know which page the next devotion can be found on, as they are scattered throughout the Bible. The devotions are solid. They retell the story and the questions are engaging. There is no hidden agenda. In addition to being used in the home, this could be a great resource for Christian educators.
You can buy a copy at Amazon or check it out at your local library.