Day by Day Kid's Bible“Read the Bible in 1 year, 7 minutes a day!”

I’m not usually a fan of Bible reading plans. In my experience many people start, but very few finish. Most end around the end of Exodus and the beginning of Leviticus!

The Day by Day Kid’s Bible, orders the stories of Scripture in chronological order (as the events happen) and organize the narrative into 365 daily readings with an overall intent to provide an overview of the Bible in one year. Noble effort. The target ages are 7-10. It is definitely not an exciting story Bible. There are no real pictures, only subtle ones here and there (there is a strategically place and well-ordered timeline of biblical and historical events right in the middle of this book). There are two columns of text on each page (much like a normal Bible). And it is broken into dated daily readings starting with January 1. The back cover of this children’s Bible explains the rationale:

Karyn Henley, author of The Beginner’s Bible, has developed a Bible that meets the needs of kids 7-10. Since it’s divided into manageable daily readings, you child can complete each one in an average of seven minutes. Even more important, the biblically retelling bridges the gap between Bible storybooks and full-text Bibles by using kid-friendly, easy-to-understand language.

The author’s intent with this story Bible is to “bridge the gap” between a child’s vision of a Bible full of colorful pictures with simple text and the full-fledge, complete text of the Bible. It could have been a little more exciting, with some well-timed, subtle graphics for each daily reading… something to graphically hook the visual learner. However, I wonder if a family couldn’t use this story Bible wisely by doing it together with their elementary-aged children for a family devotional time in the morning, at dinner time, or before bed in the evening.

No matter how it is used, author Karyn Henley has accomplished a significant undertaking in taking the full-text of Scripture and making it both comprehensive and developmentally readable. This iteration of an advanced sort of children’s Bible could help both children and their parents actually read the whole Bible, instead of just the cute stories of Scripture almost everyone knows.

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Specifics

Is the Day by Day Kid’s Bible a full text of the Bible? No, but very close and comprehensive.
Does this story Bible have a lot of Bible stories in it? Yes!
Are the major Bible stories present? Yep.

Number of pages: 896
Age range: 7 – 10 years
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, August 26, 2002

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11 COMMENTS

  1. I really enjoy being there for the children who attend our church ministries. Some of these kids just need to know that there is someone who is genuinely interested in them, cares about them, thinks about them and prays for them.

  2. Ministering to children means that I have one of the great opportunities to point children to God’s great love for each one of them and the plan of salvation made available to everyone! Children absorb and remember so much of what is taught by word and example that it is almost frightening, and yet a great privilege to minister to “the least of these”. I love children!

  3. When I hear the children remembering what we have learned it thrills my heart. When a child stops my lesson and says “I want Jesus to come into my heart”, I weep. To know that something so enjoyable (and sometimes hair raising) has eternal implication , I am so thankful that God allows me to play a small part in His plan!

  4. I taught in the public schools for 10 years. I LOVE to teach. But I wanted to be able to do so much more for children. I wanted to be able to help them build foundations for their lives, like in school, but foundations built on Jesus Christ! In this world we are guaranteed to face troubles of all kinds. But if our foundation is built on the solid rock of Jesus Christ, we have a firm foundation to stand on. I wish ALL children could have that firm foundation on which to build their lives!!! I LOVE being a Children’s Pastor and helping them build those foundations!!!

    • We get to do so much more with students at church than teachers in the public school are allowed. They can only go so far… we get to take it those many steps forward!

  5. Serving in kids’ ministry is such a privilege! I can’t think of anything better than being able to introduce kids to Jesus, help them grow in Him, and discover His Word.

  6. It is an honor to serve in children’s ministry. To see children accepting Jesus, growing in their faith and sharing Jesus makes it all worth while. It is an awesome experience to share in the lives of children and their families times of joy and times of hurt. I am so thankful for these opportunities God allows.

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