Twenty years later, I'm teaching my kids the stories from the Bible and they are beginning to read it by themselves. They have access to many versions, some of which I want to share with you, and others I'd like to warn you about.
2. The Action Bible - pretty cool, right? Eli (my 7 year year old son)started with the Manga Messiah, which is also a good read, but it only contained the New Testament. After it reading it through 5 times, we bought him the action Bible. It can be a little graphic, but the Bible is pretty graphic. We try to talk about what he reads, but since he is zooming through it, and he's only 8 - I do wonder if the violence gets to him. But compared to the scary Revelation seminars, I used to go to as a child, it's probably nothing. Kids these days are such wimps.
Girls please don't short change your self ever by thinking you are too stupid to understand something as complex as a book. There is more to you than make-up and boy angst. You were born with a brain because God wanted you to use it, not so that it could be used by those around you." - I love that quote. I actually love fashion magazines, but let's not pretend that they are God's word.
5. This one is my favourite. It's always with me, cause it's on my phone. I can read the verse of the day if I have just a minute. I can follow the pastor's sermon at church. I can even read a passage and compare many different versions to see what "speaks" to me at the moment. The New Living Translation is the best one for me right now- but language is a living, ever changing thing.
What it comes down to, is that you can't read the Bible, just like you can't read the newspaper or a medical journal or any piece of Nonfiction writing without considering the author/translator/publisher and his/her views. Our biases are present in all that we produce (our writings, videos, photography and our kids). Acknowledging those biases and get on with your life.