Oh how I love Pinterest! I’ve come across some of the greatest ideas on there, and also some of the neatest products that I didn’t previously know existed. This one in particular is among the most practical and useful products I’ve seen on there. I think I spotted and pinned this Child Training Bible maybe a week and a half before Christmas, and I made it very clear to my kids and husband that I’d love to get everything I need to make it (with Christmas and my birthday coming up…I knew there was a good possibility they might need gift ideas anyway). Lo and behold, my hubby made it happen. On Christmas, I got the kit and all the supplies needed to put it together. I got right to work and completed it in just over a day.
What is it that makes this product so great, you might ask? Well, for starters, the Bible has so much instruction and encouragement in it that could and should be used in the training of our children, however, if you’re like me, in the moment when it’s needed, you may forget exactly which verse you’re looking for and by the time you find it, that teachable moment has passed. To have handy scripture available, I’ve tried charts that have verses, along with index cards on rings, but they don’t quite have the same effect as opening God’s Word to see what it has to say. Caroline, my inquisitive and skeptical child, has asked me before when I’ve told her what the Bible says, “Does it REALLY say that?” (“Yes, my dear, I promise you it does say ‘Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right’ even though I know you’d like to believe I’m making that up.”) So now, with this product, I can grab the Bible, quickly find several verses on a particular topic, and sit down with the child whose heart needs to be reminded of truth. THAT is what makes this product an incredibly useful parenting tool. I knew I had to have it when I saw it.
On their website, they list the exact materials you need to make The Child Training Bible.
Their guide goes in the front of the Bible (that needs to be exactly 9×6) and allows you to easily find verses you’ve tabbed (they give you a list of recommended verses, but I also included some of my own personal favorites) on each issue.
On the tabbed pages, you highlight the verse in the corresponding color to make it super easy to find. Some pages may have highlighted verses in various colors.
This is something I decided to add on my own so I wouldn’t have to keep multiple guides stuck in the Bible all the time. The gospel section is broken up further into four parts, so I marked those on the inside so we could easily find what we were looking for.