Bibles

1.     The Jesus Story Book Bible

The Moonbeam Award Gold Medal Winner in the religion category, The Jesus Storybook Bible tells the Story beneath all the stories in the Bible. At the center of the Story is a baby, the child upon whom everything will depend. Every story whispers his name. From Noah to Moses to the great King David---every story points to him. He is like the missing piece in a puzzle---the piece that makes all the other pieces fit together. From the Old Testament through the New Testament, as the Story unfolds, children will pick up the clues and piece together the puzzle. A Bible like no other, The Jesus Storybook Bible invites children to join in the greatest of all adventures, to discover for themselves that Jesus is at the center of God's great story of salvation---and at the center of their Story too.
 

Why We Love It: From newborns, to toddlers, through preschool this is the perfect Bible for storytime. The beautiful illustrations keep kids engaged while allowing adults to begin sharing the greatest Bible stories with the next generation.

 

2.     The Beginner’s Bible: Timeless Children’s Stories

The Beginner’s Bible® has been a favorite with young children and their parents since its release in 1989 with over 25 million products sold. Now it’s redesigned with fresh new art that will excite children for many more years to come.

Full of faith and fun, The Beginner’s Bible is a wonderful gift for any child. The easy-to-read text and bright, full-color illustrations on every page make it a perfect way to introduce young children to the stories and characters of the Bible. With new vibrant three-dimensional art and compelling text, more than 90 Bible stories come to life. Kids ages 6 and under will enjoy the fun illustrations of Noah helping the elephant onto the ark, Jonah praying inside the fish, and more, as they discover The Beginner's Bible just like millions of children before. The Beginner's Bible was named the 2006 Retailers Choice Award winner in Children's Nonfiction.

 

Why We Love It: As preschoolers begin to take interest in books. This is a great Bible with colorful illustrations for them to look at, while the adult reads the story out loud. The wording is here is simpler and easier for future readers to understand.

 

3.     Adventure Bible for Early Readers and The Adventure Bible

The Adventure Bible® for Early Readers takes you on a fun, exciting journey through God’s Word. Along the way you’ll meet all types of people, see all sorts of places, and learn all kinds of things about the Bible. Most importantly, you’ll grow closer in your relationship with God.

Here’s a quick tour through the features:

•Life in Bible Times - Articles and illustrations describe what life was like in ancient days

•People in Bible Times - Articles offer close-up looks at amazing people of the Bible

•Let’s Live It! - Hands-on activities help you apply biblical truths to your life

•Did You Know? - Interesting facts help you understand God's Word

•Words to Treasure - Great verses to memorize

•Twenty special pages - Games and other Bible fun, all with a jungle safari theme

•Book introductions, a dictionary, and color maps

Includes the complete New International Reader’s Version (NIrV) which is written at the third grade reading level for children just beginning to explore the Bible on their own.

For games and activities, visit www.AdventureBible.com.

 

Why We Love It: Both of these Bibles are great “first bibles” for kids are ready to begin digging into the Bible on their own. The early reader version is great for younger elementary, while the Adventure Bible has a more traditional habit.

 

4.     The Action Bible

Here’s the most complete picture Bible ever! And it features a captivating, up-to-date artwork style—making it the perfect Bible for today’s visually focused culture.
The Action Bible presents 215 fast-paced narratives in chronological order, making it easier to follow the Bible’s historical flow—and reinforcing the build-up to its thrilling climax.
The stories in The Action Bible communicate clearly and forcefully to contemporary readers. This compelling blend of clear writing plus dramatic images offers an appeal that crosses all age boundaries.
Brazilian artist Sergio Cariello has created attention-holding illustrations marked by rich coloring, dramatic shading and lighting, bold and energetic designs, and emotionally charged figures.
Let this epic rendition draw you into all the excitement of the world’s most awesome story.

 

Why We Love It: This Bible brings the action to life through comic-book style pictures. The entire book is one big graphic novel that takes readers from creation all the way through the end times. This is an excellent book for kids who like comic books, graphic novels, or prefer to see the story illustrated rather than just reading. Older elementary kiddos always give this two thumbs up!


Devotionals 

1.     Know God: A 28 Day Devotional Experience for Kids

Knowing God doesn’t happen in a moment. It’s not like you wake up one morning and BAM, you know God, you have Him all figured out - everything there is to know - no more questions or doubts. Spoiler Alert: You can read every word in this book, fill in every blank, follow every suggestion, and still not understand all there is to know about God.

This book isn’t about knowing everything there is to know about God. It is about starting you on a journey to help you Know God more. Because even though there's no checklist for knowing everything about God, there are a few things you can do every day that will help you know Him better.

That's what this journal is all about - four things you can do today (and every day) that will help you Know God.

HEAR. PRAY. TALK. LIVE.

 

Why We Love It:

This Devotional Series does a great job of helping kids devlop the spiritual disciopline of regularly reading God’s Word and praying. It also gives them practical action steps they can take each day to know God in a real and relevant way.

 

2.     Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids

Devotions written as if Jesus is speaking directly to a child's heart.

Based on her original Jesus Calling, this version has been adapted in a language and fashion that kids and tweens can relate to their everyday lives. 

After many years of writing in her prayer journal, missionary Sarah Young decided to listen to God with pen in hand, writing down what she believed He was saying to her through Scripture. Others were blessed as she shared her writings, until people all over the world were using her devotionals.  They are written from Jesus' point of view, thus the title Jesus Calling.  It is Sarah's fervent prayer that our Savior may bless readers, and now young readers, with His presence and His peace in ever deeper measure.

 

Why We Love It:

Don’t let the title fool you, this is a great book for the whole family to do together. Each devotion is brief enough to hold even the shortest of attention spans. It provides a great talking points for dinner time, drive time, or bed time. We always encourage families to use this alongside a bible, so they can look up the verses each day.


Blogs/Podcasts/Apps

1.     The Parent Cue

This is our favorite website, blog, podcast, AND app. Parent cue provides articles, interviews with experts, and other parenting/family related issues. We also encourage everyone to download the Parent Cue app. The app syncs with our CT Kids curriculum, so you’ll always know what your child was taught while at a service. It’ll even have some discussion questions/activities to use throughout the week. Did we mention you can even watch the lesson videos? Yeah, it’s pretty cool. Download it on your devices app store.

 

2.     Pluggedin

Ever wondered if a movie, game, book, or tv show was appropriate for your family? Pluggedin.com is for you! A robust website that offers honest content reviews of most current entertainment options. Not only will they tell you about any objectional or offensive content, they’ll also offer any positive or redeeming qualities. So, no more wondering about swear words, pluggedin will give you the exact count of each word.

 

3.     Runpee (App for ios and android)

Speaking of movies, have you ever gone to a movie with your family only to have nature call once the lights go down? Runpee is a simple app that will give you the best “pee times” for movies. Just download the app, select the movie your seeing, then relax. Your phone will discreetly buzz alerting you to a good break time. While you’re away from the movie, it will even tell you what’s happening in the movie. This has saved many families from the dreaded “potty break” during those long animated films. ;-)


Engaging Technology as a Family Unit

Like or not, technology is here to stay. While there are some really dark places on the internet there are always some really great things. Let’s face it, the internet isn’t going away anytime soon. The question we get asked the most is “How can I help my family navigate the online world while also protecting and guarding them?”

 

To answer that question we typically point families toward two specific resources.

 

1.     The Tech Wise Family by Andy Crouch

Making conscientious choices about technology in our families is more than just using internet filters and determining screen time limits for our children. It's about developing wisdom, character, and courage in the way we use digital media rather than accepting technology's promises of ease, instant gratification, and the world's knowledge at our fingertips. And it's definitely not just about the kids.

Drawing on in-depth original research from the Barna Group, Andy Crouch shows readers that the choices we make about technology have consequences we may never have considered. He takes readers beyond the typical questions of what, where, and when and instead challenges them to answer provocative questions like, Who do we want to be as a family? and How does our use of a particular technology move us closer or farther away from that goal? Anyone who has felt their family relationships suffer or their time slip away amid technology's distractions will find in this book a path forward to reclaiming their real life in a world of devices.

 

Why we love it: It’s a super practical way that helps families decide how/when they leverage technology. While there are tons of great Do’s and Don’ts, the author also provides thought provoking questions on what it means to be a tech wise family. We can’t recommend this enough.

 

2.     Circle by Disney 

Managing your family’s connected devices is pretty much impossible, but not any more with Circle. A cinch to set up, Circle pairs with your home Wi-Fi and lets you manage every connected device on your network, both wireless and wired, without ever needing to put software on them.

 

Why we love it: This simple device gives parents a simple way to manage content, control time spent on devices, and even set a bed time for each device connected to your home network. Imagine having the ability to turn off every device in your home while you eat dinner, study, or spend family time together. It even works on devices any friends may bring over. You’ll have a quick/easy way to see how much time is spent online, and exactly where that time is spent. We also love CircleGo that does the same thing on phones kids/teens use while away from home.


3. Parent Que

The Parent Cue App helps every parents do something each week to help move their child toward a deeper faith and a better future.