How to get your children to read the Bible
What do you do?
Have you ever noticed that when you want your children to do something, they often choose not to do it. Or, they find a million reasons to avoid it, especially if it has to do with religion or church.
My husband and I have been trying to get our children to start reading the Bible with more regularity. We have spent years teaching them Bible stories, telling them the parables, having them go to church, and reading religious books. But, getting them to pick up the Bible on their own was often a struggle. Even providing them each with their own did not seem to create the amount of interest that I had hoped would grow.
One day at the library, I noticed a comic book version of the Bible. I quickly threw it in my bag and thought, why not? Let's see if this works. My children all love to read comic books. There are comic or graphic novels about everything these days - history, agriculture, math, etc... Every time we go to the library, they walk out with several comic books and laugh at me when I tell them that they need to read "real books." The only comic books around when I was a child were MAD Magazine and ones about superheroes. Those were not education material, in my opinion.
But, nowdays, authors have figured out that kids have a shorter attention span and have resorted to using comic/graphic books to convey information. While I do think it is a creative way to get a kids attention, I have always struggled to balance comic/graphic versions with, in my opinion, chapter books.
So, when I saw this graphic/comic book Bible, I knew it would grab their attention better than the Bible they have in their rooms, sadly.
I brought it home and, as I hoped, within a day everyone was fighting over reading it. They thought it was "so cool."
Many conversations sparked about the stories in there, as well as the lessons being conveyed.
If they wanted more information, instead of always answering, I directed them to the Bibles in their rooms and helped them figure out where to look. They surprised me with knowing more than I thought they knew. Maybe all my years of books, church attendance, and stories had not fallen on deaf ears.
Yes, I even said to look it up on the internet. There are several websites like BibleGateway.com and Bible.com that are helpful and simple to use, especially if you are looking for a specific verse.
One of my children asked if I could download the Bible on their iPod. Even I thought this was an awesome idea. I have caught her reading it while on long car rides listening to music. Again, it is a start.
While I still would like them to reference their Bibles more, I am happier that they at least have more of an interest in reading the Bible. Small steps are the ones we should be grateful for, right?? And, having the Bible available in different forms has allowed them to use it in the way that they need to use it, which, in the end, is why it is there.
I do find their Bibles open in their rooms sometimes, and I say a prayer of gratitude for little miracles. Hopefully this is the beginning of them using it as a roadmap for their life.