I remember it all very well. Looking back on my childhood years, I recall this big shelf of books. Lots and lots of books! And there I sat looking through them all to find the one that would keep my attention. What captivated me was this rather large, beige book that felt like it had a leather cover. There was a picture of Jesus on the front, and my little eyes marveled at the man before me. At that age, knee high to a grasshopper, I thought that was truly a picture of Jesus right there on the cover. I remember staring into His beautiful eyes before running my fingers along the corner of the cover and opening the Good Book. Page after page was filled with scriptures, of course, but my, oh my, the pictures within this book that almost told the story all by themselves. I was mesmerized by each and every story with pictures to go along with it!
Fast forward all of these years later, and I am almost reliving the moment. This time, it is through my youngest daughter.
When the mail lady pulled up in our driveway honking the horn, I knew she had a package for us. The only one I was expecting at that point was the one containing the ESV Family Devotional Bible by Crossway. I thanked the mail lady, and we had a brief conversation before she pulled away to continue her route. My daughter sat on the burgundy wrought iron bench in the front of our house looking out over our flowerbed. We have bird feeders and a bird bath out here, and that is one of our absolute favorite spots in the entire yard! As I walked toward her, she couldn’t help but see the package in my arms. Curiosity killed the cat as she asked, “What’s that?!” We typically always have to play the Close-Your-Eyes-And-Hold-Out-Your-Hand-For-A-Big-Surprise-Game. As I placed the bible in her hands, she opened her eyes, immediately widened them as she said, “Wow!” I smiled as she began to thumb through the first few pages.
That was all it took. She was hooked! Just like I was as a little girl when I discovered our family bible with illustrations!
I wondered if she would just look through the bible that day and put it aside, but much to my delight, she didn’t! When we went on a trip the next week, she carried this bible with her! As we drove along, she would read the stories out of the bible, look at the pictures, and then quiz us on the story line. Some of the stories from the bibles we could remember well while others would take some brushing up on our end to recall all that happened. She was so happy to take the opportunity to refresh our memory as she read aloud parts of the stories to us.
This Family Devotional Bible has become a favorite in our household with our little girl. If you have little ones yourself, we encourage you to enter our giveaway below!
Special thanks to FlyBy Productions/Propeller for allowing us to participate in this giveaway. I did receive a free sample of this product, but the opinions expressed are mine and were not influenced by this opportunity to review the bible.