Tuesday, June 5, 2012

My addiction...do I need an intervention?

I confess- I'm addicted to Bible storybooks and Bibles!   I have known for some time that I'm not quite the same as other people. I could be described as eccentric or I'm a little OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) especially when I'm passionate about something.  I have to admit my passion as I've had my own children has become christian resources, Bibles, and Bible storybooks...

My mom has asked a few polite questions over the past ten years and I have reflected on them, and tried to justify? or explain? my addiction (you'll have to judge!)--  at a yard sale where new books are 25cents, do you really need more books for YOUR home? (resolved when she found out I give away books all the time)   More recently:   you do know you are working hard to make your kids readers?  (and memorizers of God's Word.)  I said- Yes I know I'm working hard at this, but Mom, I'm a teacher and I know the benefit of building habits early on, and I want to use my expertise to coach my kids....  I want to instill habits early on, I don't want them to have to grow up and figure out how to include these disciplines in their lives... especially when it comes to making a child a Bible reader who finds joy in God's Word on a regular basis... I told her later, I make it a point to only collect christian books, Bibles, Bible storybooks...
I was asked for a picture of my children's Bibles for a friends blog for a link up later this summer... and here are many of our children's Bibles and Bible Storybooks, but it is not ALL of them.... (cause there are always some on the floor in rooms, my 2 year old needs a bunch reachable for everyday reading, some are at our chapel for Sunday School,  and of course there are ALWAYS some books in our car!)  If it makes you feel better, I committed to stop buying classic children's books and instead borrow those from the two wonderful public libraries we have. I've also learned our public library has children's Bible storybooks as well! 
My oldest- who begs to have a Bible in the care to read when he has down time!
But as an educators, we train real readers, to read ALL the time, anywhere, and to ALWAYS have a book with them, so as believers, I want to change that motto to ALWAYS have a Bible with us, so that we can sneak time in the Word throughout our day!  And I know that there are many translations, types or genres of Bibles for kids.... and they need to find the ones that they enjoy! So I'll continue to order brand new Bibles and Bible storybooks, pick them up at resale shops and garage sales (even the ones I already own to share with a friend), and my collection will expand... at least for this season in my life where I have regular readers in the home.

So how many Bible books, Bibles, for kids do you have? Which is your favorite one?  Where is your favorite place to purchase them? 


  1. Sarah, do you have The Picture Bible? It's the Bible in cartoon format. I LOVED it so much as a kid it completely fell apart. My parents bought me a new hardcover copy several years ago and now Evan is enjoying it. It's awesome for little prolific readers!


  2. No Dana, I don't have that one-- I have seen the cover but never seen inside or had anyone recommend it! Will have to put it on the wish list!!