Question from Susan: I just finished Rivers of Grace and regarding this book's teaching on raising Spirit-led children, I would like to know what version of the Bible the Virklers used to teach their children the Scripture when they were in the 4-6 year old age range and as the children got older.
Answer: Since we now have grandchildren ages 4, 6 and 8 (Hudson, Bekah and Jasmine) we are letting their parents, Josh and Charla Virkler answer this question for us.
My wife and I have found that the New Living Translation is the most accessible one for our family to use together. It reads the way we talk, so there is very little additional translation we need to do as parents.
The kids have their own Bibles in NIRV, but that is because it was the version offered in the children's large-type Bibles we wanted to get for them (since they simply wouldn't read 8 point font!). NIRV is actually even a little bit easier to understand, but one thing I see as a drawback is the extremely short sentences that are used. Most contain 5 words or less, which makes for a more disjointed reading.
Although the NASB is the most accurate when doing intensive studies, the NLT is great for simple memorization in understandable words. Like this video!
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What about you? Have you found a translation or version of the Bible that works especially well for children? Please let us know about it in the comments below! Thank you.