The Best Children's Bibles For Progressive Christian Families

The Best Children's Bibles For Progressive Christian Families

Finding the right Bible for your kids can feel like a full time job. The Bible stories we choose to share with our little ones can significantly influence their understanding of faith, God, and how they view themselves and others in the world. To make things a little easier, here are our favorite Children's Bibles to families who are trying to stay away from fundamentalist religions and literal translations of the Bible. 

1. Growing in God's Love: A Story Bible

"Growing in God's Love: A Story Bible" is an excellent choice for parents looking to introduce their children to biblical stories through a lens of inclusivity and equality. What sets this Bible apart is its unique format that encourages discussion, with each story featuring questions to help children reflect on their understanding and relate the lessons to their own lives.

The stories are sorted thematically—like strong women and men, welcoming, and listening—which helps in highlighting values that are crucial in today's diverse world. This approach ensures that the teachings of compassion, kindness, and understanding are not just read but are lived.


2. Children of God Storybook Bible by Archbishop Desmond Tutu

 Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and a beacon of hope and reconciliation, brings us the "Children of God Storybook Bible." This collection is beautifully illustrated and written in a manner that speaks directly to children's hearts. Each story emphasizes the message that every human being is precious in God's eyes, and that we should treat each other with respect and love.

Archbishop Tutu's personal faith and commitment to justice and reconciliation breathe through these stories, making it an inspirational read for children growing up in a world where these values are more important than ever.

3. Shine On Story Bible

The "Shine On: A Story Bible" is perfect for young minds eager to understand their place in God's world. This Bible shines a light on stories that promote a faith that is active and engaged in the world.

The illustrations are vibrant and engaging, drawing children into the story and helping them visualize the lessons being taught. More importantly, this Bible encourages children to see how they can reflect God's love and light in their everyday actions and interactions, promoting a practical and hopeful approach to faith.

Incorporating these Bibles into your family's reading routine can open up new avenues for discussions about faith, justice, and love. They provide a wonderful foundation for helping children grow into thoughtful, compassionate, and faithful adults. These stories not only tell of God's love but actively show how that love is all-encompassing and inclusive, reflecting the progressive Christian values that are vital in nurturing open-hearted and open-minded children.

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