How to Teach Your Child to Love the Bible: A Book Review of Planting Seeds
I became a parent late in life. Most of my friends’ children are either teenagers or in the college years. Some are even grandparents!
I had come to terms with the idea that I might not have children. And then I met my sweetie and Little Miss Thing came along soon after.
And while parenting has become the most amazing experience of my life it has also become the hardest.
Yes, I said it. Parenting is hard! Of course, you know that, but did you know that studying the Bible and knowing scriptures can make it a lot easier.
Importance of reading the Bible and knowing scriptures.
The Bible has a little bit to say about the importance of knowing the scriptures.
One of my favorite verses says –
This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it/ for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.
Joshua 1:8 NASB
Parents’ responsibility to teach their children about the Bible. For a while, now my pastor has been talking to our congregation about how it is not just the “church’s” responsibility to teach our children about the Lord. We shouldn’t be dropping our kids off at Sunday School and hoping that they learn about God and his Word. This is actually our responsibility.
These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be in your heart. You shall teach
them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when
you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.
Deuteronomy 6:6-7 NASB
How do we cultivate a love of scripture in our children’s hearts?
So…that leaves me with the question – How do we cultivate a love of scripture in our children’s hearts?
I recently discovered a great resource that addresses just that. It is called Planting Seeds by Crystal Brothers of Serving Joyfully, a non-fiction e-book to help parents from a Biblical perspective. I did receive a free advanced reading copy from the author. No favorable review was required, and it is my honor to provide my honest opinion.
Planting Seeds covers practical tips, gives parents encouragement, and has a great selection of games and activities to help kids learn to love scripture.
One practical tip that Crystal gives that I really love relates to the idea that we should make Bible study a regular part of our own lives and let our children see that.
Make your Bible study time a priority, and don’t always do it in secret. Let
your children see you studying God’s word and making that a non-negotiable part of your
More importantly, let them see that it’s not a chore for you, but instead something that you
value and look forward to. Show them you enjoy it and that it blesses you.
Planting Seeds p. 9
Where do you start in the Bible?
The Bible can be overwhelming. And that is another reason I think this e-book can be so helpful. The author gives some good advice on how to choose verses and which passages to start studying with your children, including where to start and topic areas.
For the Bible to really be helpful to our children, they need to understand it. Which can be mind-boggling to any person, let alone a child. To minimize this, the author also a section of tips on how to study the Bible, because just memorizing verses isn’t enough.
She also includes a great list of books and resources to help start teaching child scriptures.
Games and Activities
Learning about the Bible should be fun! And in this e-book, the author includes games and activities to help teach scriptures to your children. I personally am excited to try a few with my daughter.
Check out Planting Seeds today! Click here for more details.