The ESV Family Devotional Bible is designed to help families read and apply God’s Word together. This full-color edition features the complete ESV text interspersed with engaging illustrations and gospel-centered devotions related to key Bible stories—guiding families through the entirety of God’s Word over the course of a year. Each devotion also includes discussion questions and suggestions for additional reading, helping families develop a habit of reading the Bible together and applying its truth to all of life.
- 130 full-page, full-color illustrations
- Full-color maps
- Reflection questions for the whole family to discuss
- Ribbon marker
- Smyth-sewn binding
- Packaging: L-Card (HC); O-wrap (TruTone)
Format: Printed Caseside
Page Count: 1,408
Trim Size: 5.375 in x 8.625 in
Weight: 34.2 oz
Published: April 30, 2016
Type Size: 9.0
Page Layout: Double Column
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Back in October 2015, I featured the NIV Bible for Teen Girls, and mentioned at the time how 'review' seemed so inadequate word to use...I mean, after all, it is the Bible we're talking about here. As in that case, I will simply relay my thoughts concerning the additional features available in this particular edition.
The book is beautiful, sturdy and well-made. There is a composite of all the full-sized illustrations from the inside around the cover (front and back). And there is a ribbon bookmark inserted into the binding...really helpful when you think about it, because you probably won't get through in one sitting.
Aside from the full-page pictures, each devotional story has an illustration to go along with it. I feel the stories and pictures will be helpful to allow smaller children and pre-readers to participate with their family. My mother tells me I was born on a Thursday, and the following Sunday I was in the church nursery ... so I heard the same Bible stories since I could comprehend anything. And I still remember them today, decades later.
I suppose it is traditional for each individual to have their own Bible, and along with that I feel it would be nice to have a 'family copy' for family devotions. Families used to record births, marriages and deaths in the family Bibles.
There are also maps that help visual people place the stories and book of the Bible on the various maps of the region, as well as an index to the devotions to make them easier to find.
Now, a part of me will always prefer the KJV. I'm traditional that way. But I'd rather the rather formal language of the KJV not be a stumbling block for my children in learning the 'faith of their fathers'. And having a devotional Bible expressly compiled with families in mind is absolutely wonderful.
And I say this as the only person, really, in my family that has had any type of regular church attendance. Part of that is my fault. But I can and will do better in the future. And I have a good feeling that the ESV Family Devotional Bible will be a fantastic resource as my family grows in faith together.
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