If churches are shut down, sitting next to your friends in Sunday School is criminalized, Vacation Bible School with all its fun activities and snacks is banned, and inviting well-respected, everyday theologians over for dinner is illegal, would our children still love the Bible for what it is: the living Word of God?
An unintended, beneficial consequence of lockdown, this question became very real and personal over the last year.
Many good things that aid or add to the enjoyment of studying God’s Word were stripped away, and I was confronted with how poorly I had been treasuring Scripture for simply and powerfully being the whole counsel of God, His plan to save me from my sin and the effects of it, all I needed for life and godliness, and an everlasting source of comfort and hope.
Danika Cooley just published a wonderful new book, Help Your Kids Learn & Love the Bible. It’s very timely for me as we plan our new school year, and I feel a renewed sense of urgency to develop, by the Holy Spirit’s blessing, a greater understanding and appreciation for what is ultimately the most important, life-changing topic of study.
I’ve spent countless hours considering best ways to teach math or reading, but God’s Word? Regrettably, it is often something I put little thought or effort into. This is evidence of how prone I am to mixing up priorities, and how much I have to learn about who God is and what His Word is to us.
It was written with practical advice to guide and encourage parents in studying the Bible together as a family, but Help Your Kids Learn & Love the Bible is full of personal application, too.
Danika shares tips on developing Bible reading habits and plans, engaging in meaningful conversations about passages that have been read, tools for memorization, how to get into the Word when your days are extraordinarily busy, and much more. This book is not a commentary on the Scriptures, but a helpful resource in learning how to study God’s Word intentionally.
I’d highly recommend adding this book to your Summer reading stack. It’s suitable for parents with children of all ages, or anyone who has the opportunity to study Scripture with children (i.e. teachers, babysitters, childcare providers, grandparents, Sunday School teachers, etc.)
It’s currently 32% off at Christian Book (cheapest place I’ve found it) and well worth $11.49.